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Evanston Development Cooperative Becomes Exclusive Chicagoland Distributor of Innovative Building System

Evanston, IL, June 4, 2019 – Last week, EDC signed an agreement with Eco-Panels, establishing EDC as the exclusive distributor and installer of Eco-Panels’ structural insulated panels in the Chicago metropolitan region.

Eco-Panels manufactures one of the most advanced panelized building systems on the market, according to building scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy. Its patented structural insulated panels are factory-built, which cuts down on construction waste, and its cam-lock inter-connecting technology joins panels together quickly and efficiently with a simple Allen wrench. With proprietary single-piece corner panels and pre-framed window and door panels, the resulting building is significantly stronger and more energy efficient than a traditional stud framed structure.

EIn addition to enabling EDC to provide jobs to lower-skilled local workers through a simple assembly process, these polyurethane core structural insulated panels are formaldehyde and styrene free for a family’s health and safety, and they allow residents to minimize their heating and cooling bills. Unlike traditional stud framed homes, the tight seal between each wall panel and thick insulation creates healthy and highly energy efficient homes.

Eco-Panels has also been applauded for its role in creating strong and resilient housing, which will become increasingly important as environmental pressures continue to grow. Homes built using Eco-Panels’ structural insulated panels were some of the only structures left standing on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands when Hurricane Irma hit in 2017.

EDC chose Eco-Panels as a partner because this relationship helps EDC work toward its social goals of environmental sustainability and a local workforce. Their relationship began two years ago, when EDC President Dr. Dick Co’s Northwestern University Solar Decathlon team selected Eco-Panels to frame its home.

“We did an extensive global search for the best, proven housing technologies to employ in House by Northwestern, and Eco-Panels’ structural insulated panels really stood out,” Dr. Co said. “We are confident that this innovative technology is the right fit for Evanston.”

EDC will begin building with Eco-Panels’ technology in 2019, and it will work with local builders in coming years to provide training in sustainable construction.

“Trying to build an energy efficient home with stud frame construction is like trying to dam up a river with a wooden picket fence,” Eco-Panels President Charles Leahy said. “EDC gets it – that while our phones and cars have evolved significantly over the past 100 years, stud frame construction is still the standard for building homes. With the pressures we are seeing around us every day, that must change. And in the Chicago region, EDC will lead the way.”

The Evanston Development Cooperative (EDC)is a local cooperative that engages the Evanston community in intergenerational social progress by building high-performing, sensible housing.

With founders originating from the technology industry, Eco-Panels seeks to bring the best technologies to the residential construction industry which has remained largely unchanged for more than 150 years.

For more information, please email press@evanston.coop or call (847) 497-0167.