Residential Building in Oak Park Earns LEED Gold Certification

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The Residences at Maple Place, an Oak Park condominium development, has earned the elusive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification. This location is now the first multi-unit residential development in Oak Park to hold the title.

The Residences at Maple Place has 11 luxury units near the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. The original goal for the property was to obtain the LEED Silver certification, but as the project took shape plans were made to go for gold. Maple Place implemented state-of-the-art features to qualify for the certification. A two-inch rigid insulation envelope was installed around the entire building, allowing for better temperature control within the building throughout the year.

The building also features a green roof with drought-resistant plants that require minimal maintenance while creating a space for residents to enjoy on their terraces. An independent rating company, Eco Achievers, evaluated the property checking more than 50 items across eight categories.

The residential building was a project of Altierra Development Group LLC with JCS Construction and was spearheaded by Oak Park residents Jonathan Shack and Paul Zimmerman. Shack said that the LEED certification provides confirmation that “what they are helping to create is improving the lives of the people in it, as well as the environment around it.”

The building’s location at Maple and Chicago Avenue, was previously a vacant lot until The Residences at Maple Place was constructed. The development team took special care to not encroach on the neighboring homes and businesses while utilizing as much of the lot space as possible. The building is now almost completely full and has attracted empty-nesters in the Oak Park area who are looking to downsize.

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