Solar PanelsRestrictive design standards can sometimes frustrate local efforts with sustainability initiatives. The MDRN has tried to support this balancing and Tom Farace, our new Advisory Committee Chair, has taken a leadership role with his Village.

Schaumburg’s “green” efforts surged several years ago when the Village approved a Comprehensive Green Action Plan (C GAP) to focus on thirty programs, policies and ordinances strengthen the Village’s commitment to the environment and to provide direction and standards for staff and community.

Their experience highlighted several important elements of a renewable energy code and design guidelines:   1. Using clear definitions and visuals to accurately depict system types and regulatory requirements (image above);  and 2. balancing aesthetics with usability through visual illustrations of preferred approaches.