Green building in Illinois gets recognized by the state

January 7, 2013

The State of Illinois has announced the winner of the greenest building in the state competition. According to Electric Light & Power, the Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT) has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

"The Chicago Center for Green Technology is the City’s first building to receive LEED Certification for New Construction and for Operations and Maintenance," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "This is important because it demonstrates the City of Chicago is committed to not only building green, but also operating our municipal facilities in a manner that is energy efficient, conserves resources, and provides a healthy indoor environment for our employees and the constituents they serve."

The building achieved the recognition for the Existing Building Operation and Maintenance category, which is referred to as LEED EBOM. Leaders and property owners are increasing the attention provided to existing buildings and the retrofits that will increase their energy efficiency and sustainability. Each building up for review by the U.S. Green Building Council for the EBOM category gets measured by five categories.

These qualities include sustainability of the site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. According to the source, the Chicago Center for Green Technology was the first municipally owned building in the nation to received Platinum Certification under the new system.

"Early in my administration I committed to doubling the number of LEED certifications awarded to buildings owned and operated by the City of Chicago by 2015," said Mayor Emanuel. "Receiving Platinum Certification for the operations and maintenance of the Chicago Center for Green Technology is another step towards meeting this goal."

"The City of Chicago continues to be a leader in building green," said Katie Kaluzny, Interim Executive Director of USGBC’s Illinois Chapter. "The Illinois Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is proud to have supported the City of Chicago in achieving Platinum LEED EBOM Certification for the Chicago Center for Green Technology and we look forward to continuing this relationship."

Initiatives across the nation are attempting to increase the number of LEED-certified buildings. For example, the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) tries to supply direction to developers about best sustainability practices. The Philadelphia-based organization was established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as an Energy-Regional Innovation Cluster.