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Environmental organization converts historic building to green office

on Wednesday,September 15,2010 22:09

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In the historic district of downtown Chicago, a new green office has been built by the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC). The office is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification, which is the highest standard in green building. The unique project was a challenge in creating a sustainable office in a historic building.

ELPC's new office was designed to maximize green features in order to create a sustainable, high-tech space while preserving the building's historic facade. An energy-efficient lighting system has been installed, which uses half the power of a conventional system. Also, interior windows and frosted glass were used to spread natural light throughout the office.

"We've created a highly efficient workspace that's healthy for our staff and makes economic sense," said Howard Learner, executive director of ELPC. "We've also created an example that can push the market toward a higher standard for green office design."

Throughout construction, ELPC diverted more than 75 percent of waste from landfills and used locally sourced, recycled and recyclable materials. A private shower was installed to encourage employees to bike to work, and solar panels on the building's facade will directly supply the office with clean energy.

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