llinois First DOE Challenge Home

Design: Tom Bassett Dilley Architect, Ltd.

Photography: Eric Hausman

This was the first home in Illinois built to the US Dept. of Energy Challenge Home standards. It also earned NAHB Emerald. This home had a unique site that had been passed over by many buyers because they thought it was unbuildable due to soil conditions.

The home was designed and engineered to over come these with a caisson foundation, and provide the clients with a home that was built at a similar price per sq ft of other local homes, but with 65% bette r energy efficiency. The major feats of this project was the onsite storm water control for a local low spot.