Although we still have a ways to go to catch up with Oakland and Portland as far as city’s that take the most advantage of renewable energy, Chicago definitely leads the way in green space, and lately an increasing number of real estate developments are turning green. Thanks, in part, goes to the Chicago Center for Green Technology, which is a fantastic resource for learning about how to renovate and build using renewable sources.
The building itself is one of the most outstanding examples of LEED building standards in the country. It is open to the public and offers an array of resources, such as free classes and seminars on sustainable building and remodeling techniques, and the tenants provide environmental products and services. Here you can find out how a green roof works, where to find solar panels and who to get to install them, what native landscaping is, and how to prevent water pollution.
The latest and greatest development to go green is just starting to take shape in an empty lot at 2800 N. Lincoln Avenue. The bold plan for this pre-construction condominium is to achieve LEED Gold Certification. Features will include a passive green roof that will act like a sponge to reduce the amount of pollutant run off, partial solar heat for hot water, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified cherry wood floors and recycled building materials.
The interior lighting will employ LEDs in recessed lighting and other fixtures while the southeastern axis will take advantage of abundant natural lighting through large windows. The 2-bedroom/2-bath units in the 9-unit building are listing for $515,000. Occupancy is expected in February 2009.