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The Field Museum Achieves LEED Gold

March 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Chicago’s Field Museum is one of the world’s largest natural history museums and now one of just two such institutions in the nation to earn LEED-EB O+M Gold certification. The museum had twice obtained LEED ID+C Gold for its Conservation Hall and again for the 3D theater; this rating for the property as a whole further demonstrates The Field’s commitment to improve building efficiencies.
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Carbon Emissions Stall for First Time in Decades

March 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that global energy sector emissions of carbon dioxide stalled in 2014. This is the first plateau in emissions of the greenhouse gas in four decades excepting periods of economic downturn.
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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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Commercial Building Leaders Help Chicago to Attain Energy Goals

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The city’s Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative aims to reduce commercial energy use in participating buildings by 20% over the next five years. Two major commercial building operators—JLL and Urban Innovations—have together reduced energy use by nearly 3 million kilowatt hours annually, according to the Environmental Defense Fund.
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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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Motorola, Mobilized

January 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

This is not just a workspace, it is a rebirth. Motorola Mobility has had a turbulent last few years; first being disjoined from the storied Motorola, Inc. to being purchased by Google and ultimately sold off to Chinese technology firm Lenovo. Amidst all this, the company moved its headquarters into a new, vibrant space in the Merchandise Mart.
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Overall Water Usage Declines in the U.S.

January 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Kelli Foy

Those of us living in the Great Lakes region might take it for granted, but water conservation is an important part of creating a secure environment. A recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report boasts some good news on this front for sustainability experts.
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Energy Benchmarking Begins at Your Roof

January 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Bill McHugh, CRC Executive Director

Whether it’s a new project or a retrofit, saving energy and money starts at the top. Nowhere are a building’s extremes more evident than the roof, especially last winter season. This is where heat is lost in winter and infiltrates in summer; where wind and precipitation meet the building’s top with a vengeance, challenging it physically and structurally.
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New Facility Will Train Electricians in Next-Gen, Sustainable Technologies

November 10, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The IBEW NECA Technical Institute (IN TECH) campus has long been a recognizable site to drivers on I-294 as they travel through southwest suburban Alsip. It will soon stand out even more, however, after distinctive structures including turbines and solar panels go up. That’s not to mention a building that will look like the latest spaceship to land in the Chicago region since the Soldier Field redesign.
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Lucas Museum Starts to Take Shape

November 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The renderings are in for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art that will go up on a parking lot adjacent to Soldier Field. Filmmaker George Lucas announced the project earlier this year and tapped Beijing-based MAD Architects to design the museum.
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