The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) has announced that its newly renovated office in downtown Chicago’s historic “Old Jeweler’s Building” has been awarded LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Platinum is the highest certification possible through LEED, the USGBC’s leading rating system for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
ELPC’s new space is the first LEED Platinum office in a Historic Landmark building in Chicago. The renovation utilizes top-to-bottom green improvements that include everything from state-of-the-art innovations to common sense solutions designed to save energy, cut down on pollution, reduce waste and provide an inviting, comfortable work space.
The office includes sensors that cut the energy use of the LED and fluorescent lighting system in half, and maximize “daylighting” as interior windows and frosted glass spread natural light throughout the office. Electrical outlets, heating and cooling are all controlled with state-of the-art occupancy sensors that monitor CO2 to use power only where it’s needed. During construction, ELPC diverted more than 75 percent of waste from landfills and used locally sourced, recycled and recyclable materials. Natural surfaces and finishes without toxic chemicals and VOCs improve the office’s air quality. A private shower encourages employees to bike to work, and solar panels on the building’s facade will directly supply the office with clean energy.
Green building and renovations are nothing new to the ELPC. The group, a Midwest-based public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, opened its first green office more than a decade ago. The organization has posted a tour of it’s new space on YouTube.