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Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

By Kate Yoshida The report titled Removing Market Barriers to Green Development (U.S. EPA, Northeast-Midwest Institute and Delta Institute, 2008) grew out of earlier work done to promote redevelopment on brownfield sites. By carefully identifying obstacles at every step and in every conceivable direction, EPA Region 5, the Delta Institute and the Northeast-Midwest Institute have [...]

Thursday, June 11th, 2009
Glenview, IL

This home features several sophisticated green technologies such as geothermal HVAC and a grid-tied, battery backup 2.5 kW photovoltaic system.

Thursday, June 4th, 2009
Haworth Entrance

The Haworth Merchandise Mart showroom was chosen as one of 104 projects to participate in the U.S. Green Building Council’s nationwide LEED-CI pilot program. In 2005, the Haworth showroom became the first LEED-CI Gold certified showroom in the Merchandise Mart. This project set the bar for at least eight other showrooms seeking LEED-CI or LEED-EB certification within the Merchandise Mart.

Thursday, May 28th, 2009
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Philosophically, green design and preservation hold common values and goals. Both movements are comprised of stewards, protectors of environmental and cultural resources for future generations, and both strive to reduce energy consumption. Preservation is about more than keeping pretty marble foyers and handsome facades intact. It is about retaining a cultural resource that was inherently respectful of the environment, and was built to last hundreds of years. It’s about life cycle costing, and building for future generations.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
Partners In Change

“We’ve got about 5,000 days to figure it out,” Makower says. That’s just over 13 years before the planet’s environment is damaged beyond repair. “Where’s the urgency,” he asks. “Where’s the audaciously big thinking?” From 5-8 p.m. on June 17th, 2009, The Delta Institute will host Governor Pat Quinn and celebrated author of Strategies for the Green Economy and founder of, Joel Makower for it’s annual event, Partners in Change.

Thursday, May 21st, 2009
2931 W. Lyndale St.

Among the most innovative of the home’s green features is the use of insulating concrete forms (ICFs). According to the Insulating Concrete Forms Association’s website, the use of ICFs results in sturdier, quieter, more energy efficient homes. Instead of being made of wood paneling like traditional houses, ICF homes are built with concrete containing two layers of insulation, and are built to withstand the damages of fire, wind and time. The use of ICF should result in lower heating and cooling expenses.


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