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Chicago Slips to Third Among LEED-Certified Cities

January 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

After three straight years at the top, Illinois has fallen to third on an annual ranking of green building projects in the U.S. The per capita list was compiled by the USGBC using U.S. Census data and commercial and institutional green building projects that were LEED-certified throughout 2016. Illinois totaled 151 LEED certifications last year, representing 2.82 square feet of certified space per resident.
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Chicago Rises in Ranking of Green Office Space

October 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Chicago has moved up in a ranking of the nation’s largest metropolises on a recent survey of sustainable office space. According to the 2016 Green Building Adoption Index, over 72% of the Chicago market’s qualified commercial space is certified green, up from 63% last year. And with nearly one-fifth of all commercial buildings in the area certified, Chicago comes in at second on the list of the nation’s 30 largest markets, right behind San Francisco.
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Lobbying for Change: 200 West Madison Shows Off its Sustainability

September 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Like the foyer to a home, the spot where you shake off your umbrella before venturing further into the building, the most welcoming part of a skyscraper is its lobby. The interaction between a lobby and a visitor or tenant can also be demonstrative of the building on whole. Is it close and dark or open and engaging? Do people rush through or do some sit and converse?

Prospective tenants take note of lobbies too. And while location and amenities remain the principal factors in a site search, businesses now pay closer attention to the impact of the built environment on employee health and productivity. There are a number of ways to proclaim your building’s sustainability right when people walk in the door.
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Illinois is Again Tops in Nation for LEED-Certified Projects

January 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

For the third straight year, Illinois tops the annual ranking of green building projects in the U.S. The per capita list was compiled by the USGBC using U.S. Census data and commercial and institutional green building projects that were LEED-certified throughout 2015. Illinois retained its top national position with 161 LEED certifications last year, representing 3.43 square feet of certified space per resident.
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Chicago Third in Nation for Green Building Adoption

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

CBREChicago has retained its ranking among the nation’s largest metropolises on a recent survey of sustainable office space. With 63.4% of its office space certified green, Chicago came in third, behind Minneapolis and San Francisco. As Chicago is significantly larger than these two other cities combined, this market has clearly embraced green real estate practices like no other.
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Illinois is Tops in Nation for Green Building Per Capita

February 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

In its annual ranking of green building among U.S. states, the USGBC has anointed Illinois the leader for the second year in a row. The per-capita list is compiled using U.S. Census data and commercial and institutional green building projects that were LEED-certified throughout 2014. Illinois retained its top national position with 174 LEED certifications last year, representing 3.31 square feet of certified space per resident.
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The Multifamily Challenge: Sustainability and Certification

January 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Approximately one in four Americans lives in a multifamily building. And of those buildings, 60% were constructed prior to 1980. When it comes to greening—and certifying—our building stock, existing, multifamily buildings offer at once great opportunities and terrific challenges.
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Illinois Small Businesses Can Capitalize on Global Use of LEED

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Laura Flamm, Illinois SBDC International Trade Center

Illinois boasts an active green building industry and recently made the USGBC’s 2012 list of the top 10 states for implementation of the LEED green building rating system. The Illinois chapter of the USGBC counted 137 members who manufacture or distribute green building products as of early 2014, in addition to hundreds of local consulting, architectural and engineering firms with green building expertise. Many of these companies are small businesses that are well placed to take advantage of growing export markets for their products and services.
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The Crossroads of Environmental Science, Engineering and Construction Management: A Discussion on LEED

August 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

LEED certification appears often on Sustainable Chicago, like in the unveiling of a zoning map that pinpoints examples of green building design in Chicago. LEED standards directly relate to contemporary building processes. Today, green construction expert Noelle Hirsch writes about the potential benefits and drawbacks of turning LEED certification into an industry standard. Noelle’s articles frequently appear at www.constructionmanagement.net, an online resource for construction managers and students.

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A Decade of Model Green Building

June 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

This June, the Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT) turned ten years old. Hundreds of people came out to celebrate the successes of one of the country’s premier green building educational facilities and to launch it toward the next ten years.
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