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Green Building

Redirect the Built Environment – Encourage and facilitate construction of high performance (green) buildings and infrastructure

This objective, together with that for the preservation of the forest canopy and green & open space encompass the visible environment that contributes to Winnetka’s village-like ambiance.  This page focuses on the built environment and the “Land” pages addresses the natural.  Guidance on design and construction of high performance buildings (Green Buildings) is that provided by LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) Building (B) and Neighborhood Development (ND). 

Resident should consider the following when planning remodeling or new construction;

  • Adherence to the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, adopted by the Village in July 2012 (required).
  • Encouragement of design professionals to follow USGB (US Green Building Committee) LEED Building and neighborhood certification strategies when economically possible. For more information on having your project LEED-certified, click here.
  • Adding typical Green components, which include but are not limited to:
  • Low flush toilets and showers
  • Low energy consumption lighting
  • Energy efficient appliances
  • Solar panels for heating swimming  pools, homes and power generation
  • Sustainable development principles for stormwater managment, as recommended by the Public Works Department's Engineering Division

Construction Debris Recycling

In 2010, the WEFC-proposed Dollars in your Dumpster Program was enacted into ordinance, which established requirements for construction and demolition debris recycling. Under the ordinance, at least 75% of the construction and demolition debris gathered during most types of construction activity within the Village must be recycled. For more information, see Chapter 15.54 of the Winnetka Village Code, "Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling".

Building Codes

Information on current building codes and permitting can be found on the Community Development page.

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