Sustainable Architecture

Building Green - make it sustainable! Green Drinks welcomes Nathan Kipnis of Kipnis Architecture + Planning on Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 p.m. at McGonigal's Pub, 105 S. Cook St., Barrington. Kipnis will share his "holistic, sustainable approach to building that will maximize a home's environmental friendliness and resiliency". Recognized as Chicago's premier award winning sustainable architectural practice, Kipnis Architecture + Planning (KAP) was founded in 1993, and is based in Evanston, Illinois. Most recently, Make it Better Media Group of Chicago named KAP 2019 Home and Design: Best Architect.

KAP has practiced the architectural design philosophy of 'High Design/Low Carbon™' long before it was in vogue. They are guided by the idea that architectural design excellence need not be sacrificed for principles of sustainability. Rather, sustainable design expands the possibilities for innovative architectural forms, construction methods and the use of materials. A particular expertise is the architectural integration of passive solar and bioclimatic design. KAP are early signatories to the AIA's 2030 Commitment, rigorously working towards having their projects be 'net zero' for their energy use by 2030 (

Recently, Kipnis described sustainability as more than just building green in an article for 'Green Home Builder'. "Most significantly, homes that are sustainably built and resilient are less expensive to operate and maintain; are more carefree thanks to their sustainable systems; and can handle natural or man-made disasters. And luckily for the homeowner, homes with these features generally command higher resale values," he states.

Some more green events coming up:

Every Thursday and Saturday - Citizens for Conservation workdays. See for more information.

Thursdays until Oct. 17, 3 - 7 pm - Go Green Barrington/Barrington Breakfast Rotary bag exchange at the Barrington Farmer's Market (Park Ave & Cook St). Stop by the table to pick up a complimentary re-usable bag to shop the market - or donate those extra bags stuffed in your closet. Say "no" to plastic bags!

Saturday, September 14, 5 - 10 pm - Ignite the Night! Join Citizens for Conservation at 361 Bateman Road, Barrington Hills, as they welcome autumn with a blazing bonfire under the full moon. Live music, native birds of prey, cookout from 5-8 pm including beer and wine , narrated horse-drawn wagon rides, stargazing with professional telescopes, educational flashlight tours for kids. Go to for more information.

Saturday, September 14, 5 - 9 pm - Smart Farm Barrington hosts the "Smart Farm to Table Dinner", a zero waste event featuring chefs who share a passion for local food along with local beer from Onion Pub and music by Rowdy Souls. Go to for more information.

Sunday, September 29, 1 - 3 pm - Be the Change! A Live Performance for All Ages by Joey FineRhyme at the Catlow Theater in Barrington. All ages invited to the live, energetic performance of Joey FineRhyme, rativist & environmentalist! Watch & take part as he propels all of us to be the solution! Free but register in advance at Solar-powered raffle prizes provided by ilumen Solar (!

Green Drinks are free, informal, lively discussions open to the general public featuring guest speakers on a different topic each month. Come early and order dinner!

Sponsored by Go Green Barrington (GGB), a group of forward thinking local advocates that rallies residents, businesses and government bodies throughout the Barrington area to raise environmental awareness and take action that makes a difference. If you would like to volunteer your time at green events, contact GGB. Connect on facebook to learn more!

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