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Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:01 am

Seeing green

 Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, tour the first green, passive house in Sangamon County featured in the 2014 GreenBuilt Home Tour. While 17 of the 18 award-winning houses on the tour are located in Chicago, this downstate home is a must see for central Illinois homebuilders and those interested in all the latest innovations in energy-efficient building materials and technology.

The home is at 5885 Wesley Chapel Road, Chatham, west of Route 4 off Apple Orchard Road, closer to Curran than downtown Chatham. David Cation of Cation Construction is the builder of the ranch-style home considered the most energy-efficient home in downstate Illinois. The building is called a passive house because it has met certain criteria for optimal energy usage, air tightness and comfort level as defined by the International Passive House Association.

After three years under construction, Cation welcomes the public to see the results from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the two days. He says people can just show up. There is a suggested $10 donation, but Cation understands that some may not want to donate because his is the only home in this area on the tour. He urges folks to come on out either way. Proceeds from the tour go to support green building programs and initiatives of the USGBC-Illinois Chapter.

For tickets, directions and more information, go to www.greenbuilthometour.org.

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