I represent a major residential real estate development in New Lenox, Illinois called Prairie Ridge Estates. The subdivision is the first Net Zero Energy community in the nation. The project consists of 132 net zero energy homes. Also the common area landscaping is net zero energy. The project is the result of the combined efforts of the developer, two general contractors, BASF, General Electric, Logix, ICF systems, Climatemaster, Shaw Industries, Cree, Bank of America, Menards, Prairie Concrete, Illinois Brick, James Mason, Alliance for Sustainability. The homes will recieve LEED Platinum, National Home Builder Award, Department of Energy Builder Challenge Award, EPA air quality Award, Energy Star, and numerous other awards.
Needless to say this project has taken the combined efforts of all who have participated. It has been a very demanding project requiring exacting standards. Tim Krzeminski of Laughing Waters, was hired to install the entrance water features to the subdivision. He was given strict parameters as to price, energy consumption, and aesthetics of the features. In all fairness I have to admit we were somewhat concerned with his age and experience, however, after a due diligent review we hired his firm to complete the job.
We are extremely satisfied with the results. I suggest you review our subdivision and you will no doubt agree. The water features are outstanding. Just as important is what you do not see. The energy consumption of the features is powered completely by the wind turbine installed. Tim not only designed the features, installed the features, and maintains the features, he was responsible to determine the energy requirements and coordinate with the energy production side to produce net zero. He also installed the environmentally sustainable planting in the features as well. In a nut shell he did a commendable job on a project most would not have a clue. I am available to discuss anything with regards to Laughing Waters.