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Going Green Making a Universal Impact

green building universal impactIt seems like everyone these days is green or is talking about going green, but you have to stop and wonder if being eco-friendly is just another fad? According to recent data from the U.S. Green Building Council, it looks like green may be here to stay.

The total footprint of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified commercial projects has now surpassed two billion square feet, and an additional seven billion square feet worth of projects are in the planning stages. In addition green building is projected to support or create nearly 8 billion jobs between 2009-2013 and contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product.

Many buildings, both old and new, are installing roof gardens, systems that recycle water and heating, solar panels and drought-resistant landscaping. In addition, the green trend has spread to now include whole communities with the new LEED for Neighborhood Development program.

And while the eco-friendly way of building may have benefits for the environment and our wallets, it also has a positive impact on our day to day lives. Many employees are demanding healthier work spaces and actively choosing to work for companies located in green buildings. In addition, improved indoor environment quality has contributed to healthier employees and reductions in absenteeism, according to a study in the American Journal for Public Health.

With all of this positive news for the green building industry, we want to know how being energy efficient and eco-friendly is impacting your day to day life? Let us know in the comments section below!

Chicago Multifamily High-Rise First to Earn Green

A Chicago real estate apartment building has earned the city’s first multifamily LEED EB Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

One East Delaware (OED), which is located right off the Magnificent Mile in Chicago’s premier Gold Coast neighborhood, becomes the third largest community in the country to earn the certification.

Owned by Waterton Residential, OED is a Chicago high-rise that features studio, convertible, one- and two-bedroom residences for rent.

The units are filled with energy-efficient additions, including floor-to-ceiling windows, which not only offer natural sunlight but also provide fantastic views of Chicago.

This building received the certification by meeting standards established by the USBGC.

Want to find out more about those standards and all that this multifamily green building has to offer? Want to get a glimpse of the fabulous view?

Check out our story:

Multifamily Chicago Real Estate First to Earn Green

New Chicago Neighborhood Will Focus on Green

The Chicago real estate landscape will be getting an entirely new community in the future, and that community will qualify for the nation’s first sustainable rating system for green neighborhoods.

Lakeside is a proposed community to be built along Lake Michigan on Chicago’s South Side where the U.S. Steel’s South Works manufacturing plant used to sit.

The 500-acre site will include enough single-family homes and high-rise units for 50,000 residents, retail and entertainment space, a marina and a new high school.

The Chicago Lakeside Development Master Plan is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certified community from the U.S. Green Building Council and will include these environmentally friendly features:

*Large open spaces, compact walkable neighborhoods and access to bike paths and public transportation.

*1.7 miles of additional lakefront access, 91 acres of lakefront park and 125 acres of green space.

*On-site and off-shore wind development.

*Geothermal/lake water cooling.

*Solar panel inclusion.

*An innovative stormwater management plan.

Want to learn more about this new community? Read our story:

Untapped Chicago Real Estate About to Bloom

Then, check back to Chicagoland Real Estate Forum for updates on this exciting project.