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Beyond Cost, the Environmental Benefits of Wood Buildings

June 21, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

By Duane Schantz

For many building designers, the choice of wood as a structural material is driven by price. Wood is cost effective—in terms of materials, speed of construction and design flexibility—while meeting code requirements for safety and performance in a wide range of building types. However, as green building has evolved beyond its initial emphasis on operational energy efficiency, it has become increasingly clear that, in addition to cost, there are compelling environmental reasons to choose wood.
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Building Green Chicago 2012

June 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Linda Seggelke

Now in its sixth year, the Building Green Chicago Conference has grown into one of the area’s most reliable sustainable building events. Hundreds came out to the Chicago Mart Plaza to visit with green vendors, hear educational seminars and network with like-minded professionals.
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New Version of LEED Delayed Until 2013

June 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The USGBC announced yesterday that the upcoming balloting for the newest revisions to LEED will be delayed until next year. The next version of the green building rating system was to be known as LEED 2012 but will now be LEED v4.
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Introducing Our New Green Map

April 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new interactive green map, which identifies all LEED-certified and other sustainable buildings within Chicago. Users can access information on green buildings in the city, including the name of the organization or business that developed the property, pictures, links, certification level and many other characteristics.

In addition to the LEED buildings, this layer also hosts Chicago’s largest comprehensive database of green roofs, identifying where the structure is, the type of green roof system and the size of the green roof.

The green map also overlaps and interacts with the other information that you know and trust from Index Publishing, including zoning, transportation infrastructure, orthophotography and more. For more detailed information, check out our user guide.

Like Sustainable Chicago magazine, this green map is brought to you completely free. For more information about the green map, the Chicago Zoning map or any of Index Publishing’s other products and services, please contact us at staff@sustainable-chicago.com or call 312-644-7800.

Bulls and Blackhawks Ditch the Red, Opt for Green

April 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

The United Center

The Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks are both headed to the playoffs this year. But the teams’ fans had another reason to cheer in the first environmentally friendly “Go-Green” games recently held at the Madhouse on Madison.
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Ed Begley Jr. is Optimistic About the Environment (And He Thinks You Should Be Too)

March 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

“There were no energy saving thermostats then, there were no compact fluorescent bulbs, there wasn’t a fraction of the things that we have today. We’ve come a long way.”

“You don’t run up Mt. Everest,” Ed Begley Jr. likes to say when encouraging people to live as sustainably as they are able, not as they feel that they must. “You get to base camp and you get acclimated. Then you climb only has high as you can.”
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Roosevelt University Eyes the Future

March 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Edward Sparling was president of the YMCA College in Chicago in 1945 when he refused to provide the school’s board with student demographic information, fearing a quota that would limit the enrollment of women and minorities. When the board insisted, Sparling resigned in protest and many of the school’s faculty and staff joined him.

This group of educators without a school voted to create a new college and, according to legend, purchased the Auditorium Building—the arguable masterpiece of Adler and Sullivan—from the city for $1. “They picked up buckets and mops and literally scrubbed the building back to habitability,” said Lesley Slavitt, Vice President for Government Relations and University Outreach at Roosevelt University. “We have lovingly tried to not just repair, but restore it to its historical elegance.”
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Tax Rebates May Be Gone, But Utility Rebates Remain

March 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Jon Sedey

What would you do if major utility companies like Nicor, ComEd and Peoples Gas would pay you to change your energy consumption habits? If you knew you could get free money out of these companies, would you modify your behavior now, to fix things today? The obvious answer is yes, you would change. And in a depressed economy where contractors, builders and homeowners are seeking alternative methods to save money and spend less on everything, more utility providers are making free and easy money a reality.
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The Green Exchange Comes to Life

March 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

As spring arrives and the region shows signs of life renewed, new vigor is coming to the Green Exchange as well. Imagined as a microcosm of sustainable businesses, the Green Exchange made much fanfare five years ago with the announcement of plans to refurbish the former Cooper Lighting factory in Logan Square into a localized venue for purveyors of green products and services. And then the floor fell out of the economy.
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The Superior Wall System That You’re Not Using

March 15, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

By Matt Baker

Slice any single-family house built in the last hundred years in half and you’re likely to find the same thing again and again: dimensional lumber and fiberglass insulation. It has been the standard way to build for so long, it seems at times like it may be the only way.

But stick-built homes have many flaws. they don’t hold up to powerful storms, for example, and are susceptible to termites, mold and fire. And it’s not just safety issues. They are hard to effectively insulate and guard against air and moisture infiltrations. Even if you are able to put in stellar insulation, every stud is a thermal bridge that allows unwanted heat to seep in or out, depending on the season.
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