Chicago Honors Exceptional Eco Projects With Greenworks Awards
Lakefront Comfort Stations by Muller&Muller Ltd.
A series of sustainable summer pit stop stations are being built on select city sites. Using an extremely efficient water harvesting system, rainwater is stored and then used for all of the lavatories in each building. A display on the tank housed at the building even shows the passersby how much water they have used. These systems have been used to help change the laws about rainwater reusage for all city buildings. Solatubes pierce the ceiling to allow natural light into the structures, and each building uses all-natural venting and therefore has no HVAC system.
2010 Green Bungalow Block: Greener Homes for South Shore by the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association
This not-for-profit organization transforms vacant bungalows into ultra energy-efficient dwellings. Over 4,000 of these small houses, built in the early 1900′s, have been updated with new insulation, lighting, and other eco fixtures. Equal in importance, is the group’s mission to educate the occupants about sustainability.
Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons by Solomon Cordwell Buenz
To help spur the onset of a paperless age, Loyola University has built a library based on digital information. The building is situated on the Michigan lakefront, and the project takes advantage of the incredible views with a series of mechanically vented windows that allow the lake breeze to cool the building. The Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons is the leader in a series of building projects that are designed to reduce on-campus energy usage by 52%.
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