Celebrating 35 Years: CNT’s LEED Platinum Building

Celebrating 35 Years: CNT’s LEED Platinum Building

35 Facts for CNT’s 35 Years: Each week we’ll expand on one fun fact. Enjoy!

 

#18 CNT’s LEED Platinum Building

Mayor Daley with Scott Bernstein and Kathryn Tholin

Mayor Daley with Scott Bernstein and Kathryn Tholin

When you first walk into CNT’s office at 2125 W. North Avenue in Chicago, you might not “see” the LEED Platinum status, but as you look deeper, it’s uncovered. In 2005, CNT was the second building in Chicago and 13th in the US to receive the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification of “Platinum” by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

CNT relocated from downtown Chicago to an old weaving factory on the Northwest side in 1987. First, the top two floors of the three story building were renovated with energy-efficient objectives. After the first round of renovations was complete, we had the first non-toxic building in Illinois and were given an award for being the most energy-efficient building in the state.

The second renovation focused mainly on the first floor and began in 2000. We chose to design in line with the high standards of the LEED Green Building Rating System™ Version 2.0. LEED’s integrated approach to building design and renovation has confirmed and expanded upon many of CNT’s design principals and policies. In December 2005, LEED officially certified the building as “Platinum,” making it one of the country’s most high performing buildings; LEED had previously certified only twelve other buildings as Platinum.

If being one of the first Platinum certified buildings wasn’t enough, the CNT design and renovation was unique and innovative in comparison to others. Most buildings that the USGBC was awarding LEED status to were new construction. CNT took an existing building and rehabbed it using readily available products.

Here are a few examples of how CNT achieved the highest LEED certification:

  • Repurposed materials such as, old marble bathroom partitions from a school were used as board room tables.

    Cryogel Ice Ball Thermal Storage Unit

    Cryogel Ice Ball Thermal Storage Unit

  • Interface recyclable carpet tiles with no VOC (volatile organic compound) adhesive exists throughout the building
  • Rapidly renewing, biofiber wheatboard was used in place of particleboard for structure of counters and desks. Emission-free glue adheres the laminate.
  • Cryogel ice ball thermal storage unit installed beneath the side yard to sustainably heat and cool the building.
  • Native plants and a super rain barrel prevent flooding and provide an aesthetic garden.
  • Permeable pavement and native plants in the parking lot absorb stormwater and minimize suspended solids and phosphates in any run-off.
John Katrakis, Mayor Daley, Sharon Feigon, Jonathan Boyer, Kathryn Tholin

John Katrakis, Mayor Daley, Sharon Feigon, Jonathan Boyer, Kathryn Tholin

There are many more aspects and design elements that went into creating a healthy, aesthetically pleasing, and sustainable office space. The renovation of our office building is parallel to the research and programs we execute.  Please support CNT’s innovative work by making a tax-deductible gift. To schedule a tour of CNT’s LEED Platinum office building, contact Anjuli Koentopp via email at anjuli@cnt.org.

We’re celebrating CNT’s 35 years of impact on sustainable urban development through 35 weeks of posts like this one. If you have a story or picture from our past, please share it with Anjuli@cnt.org. Thanks!

 

CNT’s work is made possible, in part, through generous support from individual donors. Please click here to make a gift in honor of our 35th anniversary.

 

Next week: #19 Real Time Pricing. Power Smart Pricing. Energy-Smart Pricing Plan.