A ‘postcard from the future,’ Oak Park building is one of three in the state to prove it creates as much energy as it uses

Originally published by Chicago Tribune. Truth is often as strange as science fiction at the Park District of Oak Park’s Carroll Center, a classroom and recreation space that recently became the second building in Illinois to receive zero energy verification from the New Buildings Institute. Zero energy buildings produce at least as much energy as they use, and their numbers, while small, are growing rapidly, due in large part to concerns about climate change.

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