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It’s been a long-time coming, but for eco-conscious developers, net zero and Passive House-certified buildings are finally moving from pie-in-the-sky concepts to reality. What was once the domain of environmentally driven homeowners with ample budgets is now becoming a viable option in the commercial real estate sector.

While we are seeing more green buildings rise across the country, in the Midwest we are seeing commercial projects making the strong strides in the net zero and Passive House movement. In Plainfield, Ill., a Chicago suburb, Wight & Company is constructing the first recreation center in the country designed and built to Passive House and Source Zero standards, through the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). Completion is targeted for the end of this year.

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