Loop Chicago Real Estate Designated Green

April 10, 2011

A Chicago real estate rental high-rise has officially been LEED Certified.

Jupiter Realty Company announced this week that its residential project, 215 West in Chicago’s Loop, has been awarded the LEED Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute.

215 West is an apartment building located at 215 W. Washington in downtown Chicago. The 50-story building is the first apartment residence to be built in the Loop in 15 years and one of the first to be developed for LEED certification.

The designation was achieved as a result of its energy use, lighting, water and material use, along with other sustainable strategies, including:

* Installing highly reflective roofing to reduce heat-island effect

* Using efficient fixtures to reduce water consumption by 20 percent

* Creating a green roof with native landscaping to reduce irrigation needs more than 50 percent

* Using energy-efficient lighting systems and incorporating natural light in over 75 percent of areas

* Installing energy-efficient appliances where possible

* Specifying low-emitting adhesives, sealants, paints and carpeting

* Providing bicycle storage and car-sharing opportunities within the building

* Diverting more than 75 percent of construction waste from landfills

“215 West was developed to provide our residents with a living experience that integrates luxurious finishes and amenities with ecologically sensitive design,” said Don Smith, a Jupiter Principal.

“Achieving LEED certification is a cornerstone of the promise we made to our residents. In addition, we implemented green initiatives beyond those required for certification to enhance the sustainable, healthy living environment for our residents.”

The pet-friendly building has fun stuff too, including a fitness club, an outdoor pool, a resident lounge with Wi-Fi, a clubroom with a pool table and flat-screen TVs, a furnished media room and even a dog run.

To check out more about this enviro-luxe apartment building, visit 215westaparts.com.

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