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Tour of ‘this old house’ gives some green remodeling ideas


Tour of ‘this old house’ gives some green remodeling ideas

Tour of ‘this old house’ gives some green remodeling ideas
News from Kane County Chronicle:

ST. CHARLES – When the Kane County Forest Preserve District bought the property which is now the Creek Bend Nature Center  within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, the district spent $ 2.5 million to remodel and add on to the 1930s house.

Four adults attended a program there Sunday on “The Nature Network: Make a Green Resolution.”

Naturalist Ben Katzen said the district put in upgraded energy efficient windows, motion detector lights and room-by-room climate controll. All work together to keep the  older building’s energy costs down.

Katzen led the group through the older parts of the house that are available for rentals. He also took them on a tour the upstairs where bedrooms were converted to offices, work and conference rooms and in the basement, where nature program supplies are stored.

One of the things done to the older building during the remodeling was to add a supplemental heating system to the existing boiler and radiators, Katzen said.

“People have told me they love the heat from radiators versus forced air heating,” Katzen said. “But the problem is there’s a lot of hot and cold spots. This side of the house designated for rentals and parties and things. You want to have a lot more control over the climate.”

The supplemental climate pads allow for heating and cooling of each individual room, in addition to the radiator heat…………… continues on Kane County Chronicle

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