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The Crossroads of Environmental Science, Engineering and Construction Management: A Discussion on LEED
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.
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.
By Matt Baker
The two buildings at 10 and 120 South Riverside Plaza sit beside the south branch of the Chicago River, near more traditionally attractive, art deco structures like 2 North Riverside Plaza and the Civic Opera House. These two Miesian boxes aren’t necessarily homely in comparison so much as emblematic of their era. Designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill and erected in 1965 and 1967, they exhibit the steel and glass aesthetic of mid-century modernism.
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.
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.
Park Forest, one of Chicago’s southern suburbs, had a curious beginning. Established in 1949, the village wasn’t served by a commuter rail line, the kernel around which most other suburbs accrued. It was in fact the first post-war, planned community built around an automobile-oriented shopping mall. Ten years later, around 29,000 residents lived in ranch style homes on large lots, enjoying the independence that their cars gave them. This new vision of suburbia would change the development landscape in America for generations