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LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors v4 - LEED v4

NRDC Chicago Office Phase II

20 N Wacker
Chicago, IL 60606
United States

LEED Gold 2018

Through strategic research, design, and implementation, the Chicago office expansion upholds the identity of NRDC’s original Midwest office as a progressive space that defines a new green standard for commercial rehabilitation projects.

The Chicago office, which houses 35 staff members, is within walking distance to public transportation, and a bike share program. Secure bike storage is available for employees in a neighboring building bike room, and the health club on the 15th floor of the Civic Opera building provides showering and changing facilities.

With windows facing in all four cardinal directions, openness and warmth are inherent characteristics of the office space. A narrow floor plate allows natural light to penetrate deeply into the office and reduces the need for energy use. All windows are easily accessible and operable, enabling occupants to monitor fresh air levels and control their climate naturally. The open floor plan allows for equitable access to daylight and fresh air by occupants both at the peripheries and towards the center of the floor.

90 percent or more of electronics in the office are Energy Star compliant, which means they exceed the government energy efficiency standards and minimize energy usage. All lighting systems use energy efficient bulbs that automatically adjust to the surrounding light conditions, resulting in a lighting power density that is 50 percent lower than the efficiency standard established by building codes. Lights in the work areas turn on automatically dimmed at 50 percent and can be adjusted to users’ comforts. In addition, smart plug sensors automatically power down computers, printers, docking stations, and other electronics at a designated time, saving up to 10 percent of energy usage.

To reduce water usage, low-flow faucets and high efficiency dishwashers were installed. Additionally, NRDC successfully advocated for the installation of low-flow faucets, toilets, and urinals in common floor bathrooms, even though the restrooms are not included in NRDC’s premises according to the lease.

All NRDC offices use a smart technology energy system to monitor consumption of water and energy, broken down by type, in real time. By increasing the transparency of energy use decisions, the office is better equipped to correct potential inefficiencies, thereby realizing gains beyond those associated with efficiency measures alone.

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Project details
3,288 sf
2 Apr 2018
Data Reporting
Energy Update
Water Update
Transportation Update
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