The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) building reflects the mission of the organization—to promote more livable and sustainable urban communities. When constructed in 2003, this sustainable renovation was the third LEED Platinum building in the nation and the only on in the Midwest. A well-insulated building envelope ensures energy efficiency, aided by high-efficiency mechanical equipment including an ice storage chiller. All appliances are Energy Star rated and, photovoltaic panels generate 5% of the building’s electrical energy. Operable windows provide daylight, views, and fresh air. A native plant garden requires no irrigation and absorbs stormwater runoff from our roof. The renovation reused 100% of the existing building’s structural material, 90% of its shell components, and over 70% of the building’s materials are recycled. CNT is a model for an attractive and comfortable, energy-efficient workplace using sustainable materials at a cost comparable to a conventional renovation.

Client: Center for Neighborhood Technology

Location: Chicago, IL

Year: 2003

Certification: Leed NC Platinum