2007 was an interesting time to start a business. Just like having a baby, there’s never a bad time to start a business! But there’s also never a great time to do it either. Did you know Green Home Experts started as a green building supplier before segueing into energy efficiency?

(Spoken like Sophia Petrillo from The Golden Girls) Picture it: Oak Park, 2007. The housing crisis was about to explode and the markets were about to tank. Green Home Experts is born with the vision of being the go-to destination for all things green building. For 9 years we provided eco-friendly materials like paint and flooring for commercial and residential new buildings and remodels. And for 4 of those 9 years, we were also shipping energy efficiency measures for programs funded by the Illinois Dept. of Economic Opportunity.

After surviving the housing crash and Great Recession, change was on the horizon for us. We were losing our niche in the market to much larger corporations. So in 2016 we boldly closed down our showroom, bid adieu to the phenomenal community that had supported us through turbulent times, and decided to focus solely on energy efficiency.

Next week: GHE 2.0. Stay tuned!

One of our designers talks sustainable flooring with customers.