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Chicago’s Bungalows: A Hundred Years of History, Ten Years of Sustainability

December 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By Eugene Weibel

“Bungalow” means different things around the world. To some it’s akin to a country cottage, to others it’s a beachfront mini-resort. The word is unmistakable in Chicago, however, as anything other than the modest, narrow, single-family brick houses that dominated home construction in the area during the first half of the twentieth century.
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Scorecards, Standards and Certifications: Rethinking Chicago’s Infrastructure

December 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By Jon Sedey

Chicago has more than eighty-eight LEED-certified buildings, thirty-two of which are city-owned, making Chicago top in the nation in LEED-certified municipal buildings. In addition to that, Chicago is among the top in the nation in green roofs with 600 planned, under-construction or completed, totaling approximately eight million square feet. By all appearances, city officials seem to understand the benefits of environmentally-sound buildings and will continue to promote green building.
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Chicago’s Aqua Makes Cut of Elite International Skyscrapers

October 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The internationally-acclaimed mixed-use Aqua tower (previously) that anchors Chicago’s rising Lakeshore East neighborhood has been selected one of five finalists for an International Highrise Award. It is the only U.S. representative. The Aqua tower, designed by Studio Gang Architects for developer Magellan Development Group was, selected by an international jury of architects, engineers and property specialists by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt, Germany. The residential highrise was also recently honored as Skyscraper of the Year by Emporis, the international building database.
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Comprehensive Plan for Chicago Region Put Into Motion

October 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Last year, Daniel Burnham was as celebrated here in Chicago as at anytime during his life in recognition of the Plan of Chicago’s centennial. The 1909 Plan supplied Chicago with Navy Pier, Grant Park and Northerly Island, among other public amenities. Today, leaders from across metropolitan Chicago’s seven counties voted unanimously to adopt a new plan, GO TO 2040, designed to guide development and investment decisions through mid-century and beyond.
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USGBC Names Award in Mayor Daley’s Honor

September 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) yesterday announced a new award titled the “Mayor Richard M. Daley Legacy Award for Global Leadership in Creating Sustainable Cities.” The inaugural award will be presented to its namesake at the USGBC Greenbuild conference to be held November 17-19, 2010 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
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Greenbuild Legacy Projects Announced

August 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC)-Illinois Chapter Host Committee awarded six grants to Chicago area “legacy projects” in conjunction with this November’s Greenbuild Conference. This action advances the Chapter’s goal of developing green building at the grassroots level. The Greenbuild Conference is looking to give ten full conference scholarships to Greenbuild 2010 for those making a difference locally, as a way to encourage diversity within the green building community.
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Chicago Among Top Five Greenest U.S. Cities

March 31, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Continuing a national appraisal begun last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked the top U.S. cities in terms of efficient buildings. Chicago moved to fifth overall, up one spot from the previous year. The ranking is based on number of building which garnered the EPA’s Energy Star rating, of which Chicago has 134.
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