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Master Certified Green Professional

Once again, we are raising the bar on green home building.  We are proud to announce that our owner, Brandon Weiss, has received his Master Certified Green Professional Certification (Master CGP).  Brandon is the only person in the state of Illinois to reach this level, and is 1 of only 24 in the entire country. Master CGP is the National Association of Home Builders highest certification for green builders.  This seven day training program is conducted by leading building industry practitioners on the construction or renovation of a high-performance home.  The curriculum includes techniques that incorporate energy, water and resource efficiency, improved indoor environmental quality, lot and site development, and home owner education (always keeping cost-effectiveness in mind). This designation requires at least five years of green building experience, as well as additional training focusing heavily on building science, green project management, and scheduling.  It also requires that the builder has completed at least three certified green projects.  The certified projects must be recognized by national green building programs such as LEED for Homes or NAHB Green Building Standard.  It does not recognize local green building certifications or energy only programs such as Energy Star. “We have been dedicated to green building since our inception in 2005”, said Brandon Weiss.  We have continually taken classes to further our green building knowledge, and continue to gain green building project experience.  I was especially excited about the depth of building science classes required for this certification because that has become a passion of mine.  Building science is what will make a house function properly as a system, and is the true...

A First in the World: An Award Winning Icon

Weiss Building & Development LLC has done something never yet achieved in construction.  We have completed the World’s First LEED Platinum & NAHB Green Building Program Emerald remodel.  This is the first remodeled house ever to achieve the highest green certification from both the US Green Building Council and the National Association of Home Builders.  We are always trying to push the envelope in green building, and have done something truly remarkable with this home.  Perhaps the most remarkable thing is that we have done this for $62 per square foot. The main goal of this project was to remodel a home to a high level of green certification while ensuring occupant health, energy efficiency, durability, water efficiency, environmental responsibility / sustainability, and a low maintenance home.  This home achieved this and much more.  A secondary goal was to keep the homes historical qualities intact, and bring some of the original architectural details inside the house to the additions that were done throughout its life. We searched for a while until we found a home that had good sewer and water connection, was structurally sound, but needed to be completely gutted.  We found this at 336 Wabash in Elgin.  Instead of doing what the typical house flipper is doing these days with the foreclosure market, we wanted to ensure a quality home for whoever purchases it from us.  We did not want to do the typical drywall repair, paint, carpet, new cabinets, and new plumbing fixtures, while leaving all the problems the house had covered up with cosmetic changes.  We wanted to take this house down to the bones,...

2011 National & Local Awards

2011 Awards 2011 was an exciting year for us at Weiss Building & Development.  Our passion and dedication to green building has paid off with several awards.  It is with great pride that we announce our 2011 National and Regional awards. Chicagoland Area Awards: 2011 Northern Illinois Home Builders Association Remodeler of The Year Gold Key Award for Best Green Remodel of the Year Gold Key Award for Best Remodel of The Year Under $200,000 Our top local award in 2011 was the Northern Illinois Home Builders Association Remodeler of The Year Award.  It was with great pride that we accepted this prestigious local award honoring our commitment to our craft. The Key awards are building / remodeling awards that are given out by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago.  The Gold Key Award is the highest award given for each category.  Being a green builder/remodeler, we were very proud to have won the award for Best Green Remodel.  Just as exciting was the fact that we won the award for Best Remodel, and that a green home was recognized as the best remodel of the year.  We are advocates of green building, and whatever we can do to raise the bar in construction makes us proud. National Awards: 2011 Best In American Living Award (BALA) for Best Whole House Remodel Under $250,000 (Silver) The BALA awards are given out by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at the International Builders Show, which was in Orlando, FL.  BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry with judges representing...