The Chicago Housing Authority nabbed its first-ever LEED Platinum certification for the rehabbed Kenmore Senior Apartments, says a Friday press release. The 100-unit Uptown building underwent a gut-rehab in 2010 and emerged with some hallmark green features, such as high-recycled content in construction materials, efficient plumbing fixtures, a green roof, and rain gardens. A smoking ban is also in place, and a CHA recycling buyback program lets residents turn household scraps into building funds. A major building reconfiguration has greatly enhanced natural lighting, one of the simplest routes to energy conservation. Incoming residents are trained to behave like good green citizens. But never forget, in order to love your building, you must first love yourself.
This certification follows the recent winning of the American Society of Interior Designers' "Design Excellence Award"... rare bragging rights for the CHA.
·Official Site: The Kenmore [CHA]