Chicago Businesses Go Green – Part II

Recently, the Delta Institute announced that it had achieved LEED platinum certification, which, considering the Institute’s mission, makes perfect sense.

According to the Delta Institute’s Web site it [Delta Institute] “…works in partnership with business, government and communities in the Great Lakes region to create and implement innovative, market-driven solutions that build environmental resilience, economic vitality and healthy communities.

On SeptemberHome 4 it was announced that the Delta Institute (located in the historic Jeweler’s Building at 35 Wacker Drive in the heart of Chicago’s Loop) achieved US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification — making it one of only nine Chicago buildings with LEED platinum distinction.

According to a September 4 Delta Institute press release some of the enhancements made for LEED certification  include:

  • Water use reduction – Delta reduced its water use by 40 percent via the installation of low-flow kitchen fixtures and the collaboration with building maintenance to replace all bathroom fixtures for the floor with low-flow fixtures
  • Energy use reduction -Delta reduced its energy use by 30 percent with the installation of LED lighting and high-efficiency T-5 fluorescent lights with daylight photo sensors
  • Materials recycling – Delta recycled 98 percent the debris generated from the office build-out and used paints, sealants, furniture, and flooring composed of low volatile organic emitting materials.