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Chicago, IL, August 7, 2007 ­ Smog Veil Records announces the completion of the Wis Tavern Building (named after the bar that operated on the premises for nearly 40 year). After 14 months of construction the building is an architectural showpiece which illustrates how a historical preservation effort can successfully be wed to a 21st Century sense of aesthetics and functionality.

Originally built in the late 1880s, the edifice is now the first and only single-family residence in the United States that generates its own electrical energy through the use of rooftop wind turbines and solar panels in combination with geothermal heating and cooling, and is certified by the Leadership in Energy And Environmental Design (LEED). LEED certification is a rigorous test used to determine if the building was constructed using green and sustainable practices. The sustainable energy systems incorporated into the structure will generate an estimated 10,000 kilowatts of electricity per year ­ at least half of the building№s energy needs. The system also sports net metering, so that owners, Lisa and Frank Mauceri, can monitor how much electricity is being generated and used. If the system is producing more power than is needed, the meter indicates how much they№re sending back into the City of Chicago energy grid.

In order to realize their dream, the Mauceris teamed up with Wilkinson Blender Architecture. They worked closely with principal architect Michael Wilkinson and Greg Gibson who served as the project№s manager, as well as with renewable energy specialist Bil Becker of the local Aerotecture International firm and Green Project administrator Erik Olsen. Olsen was instrumental in making the Wis Tavern Building one of the case studies in Chicago's Green Permit Program.

The team was also able to successfully advocate a change to Chicago№s notoriously restrictive zoning code that allowed the wind turbines to be placed on the roof and won a grant from the city which helped finance the insulating roof garden. The green roof will minimize water runoff during the winter and block sunlight during the summer.

Eighty percent of materials torn out of the building when it was initially stripped to its walls, were recycled or reused. The original roof jousts were used to build interior staircases and landings. Drywall comprised of 99% recycled material was selected. Insulated glass with a low-e coating was installed, as well as energy-efficient appliances. The terrazzo flooring on the ground level is a composite of recycled glass and pulverized vinyl records from the label's old inventory.

The Chicago Tribune recently ran a feature on the building. "If one of the bands on our label decided to do an impromptu session in our office,І Frank Mauceri told the reporter "they could plug in and do it powered off wind and sunshine. That's pretty crazy to think about."

Preliminary estimates indicate the system will recoup its cost in 10 years or less, depending on energy price increases. For additional technical specifications, illustrations and photographs of the building please visit Smog Veil Records online at

Smog Veil Records was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1991. Artists on the label include Unknown Instructors (with Mike Watt, George Hurley), Pere Ubu, Peter Laughner, Thor and Rocket From The Tombs. Label owners Frank and Lisa Mauceri are spearheading the initiative to Њgreen№ the music industry. Their manifesto is comprised of five precepts: 1) Green and Sustainable Live And Workspace; 2) Move Label Toward Digipaks And The Digital Future; 3) Increase Recycling Efforts; 4) Reduce The Amount Of Paper Used In Promotional And Marketing Campaigns; and 5) Involve The Industry, Artists and Fans.