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Chicago Helps Green Development

Sustainability and green design are key to the redevelopment of brownfields within the City of Chicago. It is not enough to redevelop properties using standard architectural design and construction practices which do nothing to provide healthier environments, reduce operating costs, or conserve energy and resources. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has energized greener and more sustainable building and development practices through a unique combination of mayoral commitments, policy development and implementation, and incentives. All of these are incorporated into redevelopment and associated new construction on Chicago brownfield sites. Practices for sustainable site development include selecting sites that are not environmentally sensitive; designing a building with a minimal footprint to minimize site disruption; maintaining natural stormwater flows by promoting infiltration; using vegetated surfaces and open-grid paving or high-reflecting materials to reduce heat absorption; and selecting a site and providing amenities that encourage the use of alternative modes of transportation. Requirements In…Log In to Read Full Article

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