Illinois student wins green design challenge with cork flooring
Illinois student wins green design challenge with cork flooring A Wilmette, Illinois, couple is opening their home to a group of high school students to assist them in a project. According to PioneerLocal.com, Peter and Robin Baugher wanted to develop an environmentally friendly home, so they enlisted the help of a group of architecture students from nearby New Trier High School to design an eco-friendly home.
The assignment was largely concept-based, and none of their ideas could be built, but that did not stop Peter Baugher from applauding their designs.
"The results far exceeded my expectations. What they did just makes you believe problems can be solved by the next generation," he told the news source
All of the completed projects were entered into a contest, with Becky Greenberg coming home the winner. Her green house featured recycled glass counters, a rooftop garden, solar panels and an interior furnished with cork flooring.
While some of the amenities in Greenberg's design are difficult to achieve, cork flooring is becoming an increasingly popular option for homeowners who are wishing to reduce their impact on the environment. Aside from being environmentally friendly, the Cork Institute of America reports that the material is very durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear.