Chicago Loft Gets Its LEED Platinum On

Planning a gathering in Chicago? Now there is an environmentally-friendly venue option. Greenhouse Loft is one of only a handful of  meeting spaces in the country housed in a Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Platinum certified building. The space recently opened and was featured on the Chicagoist website.

The 3,500 square-foot gathering space is available for events accommodating as few as 25 guests or as many as 250. The room’s exposed duct work, wood floors and ample lighting give the space a modern, urban feel. And, its location just 10 minutes from  Chicago’s Loop.


But the real difference of the Greenhouse Loft is its sustainable design features. A 41,329 gallon rain cistern allows storm water to be recaptured and used for irrigation and water features. The building’s escalator makes use  of sensors that can vary its speed resulting in 30 percent less energy use than typical escalators. And a green roof also helps with the reduction of the building’s overall energy usage.

The building has also implemented a recycling program for each of its five floors and an added composting system to help reduce as much event waste as possible. Those renting out the space also have access to an array of mid-century furniture, which reduces transportation and carbon emissions from companies delivering seating and tables for events.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.

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