21CD twenty-first century development

Prairie Crossing

Grayslake, Illinois, United States

Prairie Crossing is a residential development that aspires to conserve and protect the ecology of the site. Its intent is to enhance the environment, promote a healthy lifestyle, create a sense of place, build a sense of community, encourage economic and racial diversity, provide convenient and efficient transportation, conserve energy, foster lifelong learning and education, ensure attractive design and high quality construction, and ensure economic viability.

Size:

667 acres

Dates:

1986-ongoing

Project Team:

Prairie Holdings Corporation

Performance levels achieved:

  • Standard

  • Good

  • Better

  • Living

  • Regenerative

Place
Limits to Growth
Food
Habitat
Transportation
Water
Energy
Health + Happiness
Civilized Environment
Neighborhood Design
Biophilia
Resilient Connections
Materials
Material Plan
Embodied Energy & Carbon
Waste
Equity
Neighborhood & Access
Access to Nature
Access to Community Services
Investment
Beauty
Inspiration

Goals & Strategies:

Place

Food

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: 14 acre organic farm, plots can be leased. Farmers market.

Habitat

Goals: 70% of the development set aside for preservation.

Strategies: 22 acre lake, 160 acres of restored prairie. Constructed wetlands. Preserved wetlands, native landscaping is promoted.

Transportation

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Not reported.

Water

Water

Goals: Utilize ecosystem services of stormwater filtration and retention.

Strategies: Rainwater infiltration. Water-efficient appliances. Wetland restoration to filter stormwater. Stormwater management plan and case study.

Energy

Energy

Goals: Houses constructed to use 50% less energy.

Strategies: Energy Star standard for energy-efficient construction of condo buildings. LEED ND certification. Single-family homes built to Building America Program standards. Energy-efficient appliances. School has geothermal heating. R-43 insulation in all ceilings.

Health + Happiness

Materials

Embodied Energy & Carbon

Goals: High-quality construction.

Strategies: Double air-barrier construction. Use of recycled wood products, non-toxic glues, double-glazed windows with argon cavity.

Waste

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Reduction of construction waste by 20%.

Equity

Neighborhood & Access

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Public access to streets. Human-scale design. Town Center, commuter train station. Schools, community services, resident participation in organic farming and conservation education. Percentage of housing sales donated to Liberty Prairie Reserve. Art installations.

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Sources: Prairie Crossing

*Note: This case study was developed using found information.