WBEZ | LEED http://www.wbez.org/tags/leed Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en $12M renovation planned for Chicago City Hall http://www.wbez.org/news/12m-renovation-planned-chicago-city-hall-104227 <p><p>A $12 million renovation plan is in the works for Chicago&#39;s century-old City Hall.</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel&#39;s office on Thursday announced a plan to rehab the building and reorganize the city office space by the end of 2013.</p><p>Emanuel&#39;s office says the plan will save the city $4 million each year, so the costs will be recouped in three years.</p><p>The city is currently leasing space in another building for several agencies, including the departments of Housing, Finance and Law. The plan includes consolidating those departments into city-owned offices to save the more than $4.4 million spent each year to lease the other space.</p><p>The mayor&#39;s office says the renovations at City Hall will be designed to get the building certified under the U.S. Green Building Council&#39;s LEED program.</p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 08:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/12m-renovation-planned-chicago-city-hall-104227 'Net-zero' energy design changing how we build, consume and live http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/net-zero-energy-design-changing-how-we-build-consume-and-live-99814 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/000000.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="The Los Angeles office of the design firm Gensler was built to use LEED -- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design -- strategies that approach net-zero. (Courtesy of Gensler)" /></div><p><em>Editor&rsquo;s Note: The U.S. Army has a goal of &quot;net-zero&quot; energy consumption by 2030. Hewlett-Packard just unveiled designs for a data center that requires no net energy from traditional power grids. Here, </em>Worldview<em> contributor Robert Price shares his predictions of what net-zero design may mean for how we build, consume and live.</em></p><p>The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (<a href="http://www.eia.gov/oiaf/aeo/otheranalysis/aeo_2008analysispapers/eisa.html">EISA 2007</a>) has a goal of &quot;net-zero&quot; energy use in all commercial buildings by 2030. The goal currently is voluntary, but if enacted, the look and utility of our future buildings will change forever. Master planners, architects and interior designers will look at their field in ways they haven&#39;t in generations.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/00.jpg" style="float: left; height: 375px; width: 300px;" title="The Tower at PNC Plaza, designed by Gensler, is a planned 33-story, 800,000 gross square feet structure built to approach ‘net-zero’ standards." />Net-zero is a popular term that means that an installation or building produces as much energy as it consumes and has zero carbon emissions annually. The zero-energy design principle is more practical to adopt than ever, due to increased costs of traditional fossil fuels and their negative impact on the planet&#39;s climate and ecological balance.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A net-zero building can be independent from the energy supply. Energy is harvested on-site using a combination of solar and wind technology, while reducing the overall use of energy with extremely efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting technologies. Energy can also be supplemented by long-term contracts with a green energy source.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Master-planners will think about building sites, how surrounding buildings affect new construction and how to maximize solar technologies. Existing buildings will need an upgrade for fear of losing the best tenants. European Union directives will set a rating system for all buildings. They may impact how they are insured and taxed. In China, inefficient buildings and those with high energy consumption will receive an extra carbon tax.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The skyline of U.S. cities will look different. Buildings in the Northern Hemisphere will be oriented south to take advantage of sunlight. Southern Hemisphere buildings will be oriented north. This is how it&rsquo;s done in China and South America.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/0.jpg" style="float: right; height: 450px; width: 300px;" title="The interior of Gensler’s L.A. offices. (Courtesy of Gensler)" />The tops of buildings will look different. High-rises will take maximum advantage of roof space, solar devices and greenscape. Northern or southern exposures will integrate visible or invisible solar technologies. Glassy structures will be less sexy.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Real estate developers must think long-term about costs. Building owners must now understand the efficiency performance of their buildings as part of their criteria when trying to rent or sell to tenants. Designers will utilize a whole new and varied set of tools to access building design. They, along with contractors, will be held accountable for how buildings perform two, five and maybe ten years after completion. Lifecycle costs will be more real.</div><p>This all means my fellow architects will have to leave their egos at the door&hellip;It&rsquo;s a new day.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Robert L. Price is an architect and interior designer based in Shanghai, China. He is Worldview&#39;s arts and architecture contributor and the show&#39;s global cities co-contributor. Price also serves as Senior Associate and Technical Director for Asia at <a href="http://www.gensler.com/">Gensler</a>, a global design firm.</em></p></p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 09:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/net-zero-energy-design-changing-how-we-build-consume-and-live-99814 Rahm vows bus rapid transit, but can he deliver? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/rahm-promises-brt-can-he-deliver-90926 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-23/Transmilenio.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All this week, WBEZ is looking at <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/first-100-rahm-emanuels-first-100-days-chicago-mayor" target="_blank">Rahm Emanuel’s first 100 days as Chicago mayor</a>.</p><p>One of Emanuel’s pledges is to push for the creation of the city’s first bus-rapid-transit line. The idea behind BRT is to deliver the benefits of rail at a fraction of the cost. BRT shortens travel times through dedicated bus lanes, pre-paid boarding that’s level with station platforms, and traffic signals that favor the buses.</p><p>WBEZ’s West Side bureau reporter <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/chip-mitchell" target="_blank">Chip Mitchell</a> gives us a progress report on Emanuel’s ambitious plan.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/rahm-promises-brt-can-he-deliver-90926 Shared kitchen wins battle against Chicago red tape http://www.wbez.org/story/bakers/shared-kitchen-wins-battle-against-chicago-red-tape <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Zina_Murray.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A small-business incubator has won a round in a long fight against Chicago red tape.</p><p>Over the last six years, at least three shared kitchens have opened in Chicago. They&rsquo;re for caterers, bakers, confectioners and others who can&rsquo;t afford their own facilities.<br /><br />The City of Chicago still does not recognize the kitchens' business model. That has lead to more health inspections and licensing hassles.<br /><br />&ldquo;When you get these extra regulatory burdens, it&rsquo;s almost like people are throwing a refrigerator on your back and asking you to keep running,&rdquo; says Zina Murray, who opened Logan Square Kitchen in a vacant storefront last year.<br /><br />The city wanted to classify Murray&rsquo;s business as a banquet hall, a designation that would have required her to provide parking.<br /><br />So Murray brought the classification to the city&rsquo;s Zoning Board of Appeals. The board told us this week that it&rsquo;s siding with her.<br /><br />Murray&rsquo;s next struggle is to open, and properly license, an event space to go with the shared kitchen. &ldquo;We need businesses like this to help our economy recover,&rdquo; she says.<br /><br />Chicago zoning officials did not immediately return our calls for comment about the ruling.</p></p> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 02:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bakers/shared-kitchen-wins-battle-against-chicago-red-tape