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Carbon-Neutral in the Windy City: A Geothermal Chicago Home

The best-kept secret in green building—a hybrid geothermal-solar energy system—puts a luxurious Lincoln Park home a step ahead.



The Yerkes’ home stands on a quiet corner of Chicago’s otherwise bustling North Side.
Photo By Barry Rustin
The reflection in this expansive mirror adds an enlarged perspective to the front hallway.
Photo By Barry Rustin
The shaded back deck provides a respite from the hectic city.
Photo By Barry Rustin
Bold colors and striking patterns jazz up the clean, contemporary living/dining area, which receives plenty of natural light from tall windows and French doors.
Photo By Barry Rustin
Michael and Beth Yerke and their daughter, Carolina, relax outside their environmentally friendly home.
Photo By Barry Rustin
Bean Products’ sustainable sofa, made from organic and recycled materials, invites lounging in the family room. A back door opens onto a two-level deck that’s perfect for entertaining. “We love to hold impromptu cocktail parties on the deck,” Beth says. Designer Khader Humied of MetaForm Studio in Pomona, New York, created the geometrical floor lamp from recycled fruit crates.
Photo By Barry Rustin
Gray and black granite countertops contrast with the wood floors, cabinets and chairs, lending a modern touch to the kitchen.
Photo By Barry Rustin
The home’s floors and staircases are made of sustainably forested Brazilian cherry with nontoxic finishes, which unify the home’s interior with its rich, warm color.
Photo By Barry Rustin
Solar panels on the roof supply hot water and radiant heat.
Photo By Barry Rustin





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