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A North Side couple, hardly the environmentally dedicated sort, are expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification for their attached townhouse as a by-product of a gut-renovation. Looking to redo only their kitchen initially, their architect and contractor started focusing on air flow and energy usage after complaints of uneven heating. That led to a stripping down to studs and subfloor and a reworking of the interior. This is possibly the first gut-rehab of an attached townhouse in the country to seek LEED Platinum standing. Remarkably, the aesthetic constraints of the community association prevented any major exterior modifications, like a green roof, or rainwater collector. Points were earned from a series of small adjustments. The Tribune has the full story. [Trib]