Chicago's LEED Silver Green Exchange: Viable??

There’s a reason GreenBuild 2007, the green building industry’s major conference and expo, is going to be in Chicago. The city is just busting at the seams with progressive thinkers and eco-entrepreneurs. Recently, I noticed a news report about Baum Development rehabbing the old Cooper Lamp Factory in Logan Square into a one-stop, live-work, shopping center of green businesses and activities. It’s going to be called the Green Exchange.  The four-story, 250,000 square foot building, located at 2545 West Diversey Avenue, will be renovated to LEED Silver standards with a variety of uses including retail, showroom galleries, office, and incubator lofts. 

The Baum Development team is planning on some aggressive green renovations. The parking spaces will have electrical outlets for hybrid cars, but that’s not all: hybrids have priority parking privileges. There will be a 9.000 square foot sky garden, solar panels on the roof, and a roof garden. A rainwater cistern will collect water for the gardens and landscaping. Some other green features include the high-efficiency HVAC system, eco-friendly paints and stains, bike room and showers, car sharing services, and energy-efficient doors and windows. In total, Baum will spend about $30 million outfitting the old facility with the latest and greatest in green building technologies.

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By |March 5th, 2007|Categories: Solar|Tags: , , |0 Comments

LEED Silver Brickell Financial Centre (S2)

This is probably the quote of the year for a real estate developer: "I didn’t want a building that in 10 years would have to compete with all the new buildings that are […]

By |March 4th, 2007|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Modern design, Skyscraper, Vegetation|Tags: |0 Comments

PVC Debacle, Green Affordable Housing, Home Depot + Green Roofs, + Corporate Environmentalists (WIR)

Hugging the Tree-huggers: Environmentalists at the Corporate Table – BusinessWeek article on why so many companies are suddenly linking up with eco-groups.  Hint: Smart business.  Enterprise Encourages Legislation to ‘Green’ Affordable Housing […]

By |March 3rd, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, LEED, Nature, News, Week in Review|Tags: |0 Comments

Hive Modular B-Line (F2)

 

A few months ago, I posted a video on Hive Modular.  Pictured above is the popular, modern B-Line.  Hive Modular is making it happen in a good way. 

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By |March 1st, 2007|Categories: Modern architecture, Modern design|Tags: , |0 Comments

Platinum BASF Near-Zero Energy Home – Paterson, NJ

That’s right, Platinum.  LEED-H Platinum, that is.  The Near-Zero Energy Home in Paterson, NJ, is quite the achievement.  I first saw a picture of it in BusinessWeek, if I recall correctly.  The […]

By |February 28th, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, LEED, Solar|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Video: Patagonia's LEED Gold Distribution Center

  This is a pretty good video.  If you’re in business and in a position to make decisions about facilities, etc., this is a good idea generator.  In fact, that’s […]

By |February 27th, 2007|Categories: LEED|Tags: |0 Comments
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