NEMA® Chicago Receives Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification
The Silver certification provides proof that the newest addition to Chicago’s skyline goes above and beyond to ensure it was constructed and is operating to the highest level of sustainability
CHICAGO (AUGUST, 2020) — Crescent Heights announces today that NEMA Chicago has been awarded LEED Silver certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy And Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence. Through design, construction and operations practices that improve environmental and human health, LEED-certified buildings are helping to make the world more sustainable.
“Achieving LEED certification is more than just implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role buildings play in that effort, NEMA Chicago is creating a path forward through their LEED certification.”
Designed by Rafael Vinoly and The Rockwell Group, NEMA Chicago was built by McHugh Construction and is Chicago’s tallest rental residence, praised as an “Instant Landmark” by The Chicago Tribune. Located on the Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road corner of Grant Park, NEMA is sustainably built and community minded. The tower features 70,000 square-feet of locally inspired amenities complemented by tech- powered service and exclusive lifestyle programming.
“Sustainability is a key element of the NEMA brand,” says Christopher Palermo, Executive Vice President of Development for Crescent Heights. “NEMA Chicago is our second NEMA residence to achieve a Silver certification, joining the original NEMA San Francisco and preceding NEMA Boston, scheduled to be completed this fall.”
With its NEMA brand, Crescent Heights sets a new standard for luxury residential product proving that it is possible to achieve an elegant design esthetic while accomplishing set sustainability goals. The Chicago development achieved LEED Silver certification by implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance. This included connectivity to the local community, public transportation access and parking provided for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles. Residential units also feature efficient plumbing fixtures, high-efficiency heat pumps for heating and cooling, low-VOC paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants and flooring systems. Overall, the building is 28.9% more efficient than the baseline building.
“Crescent Heights embraced environmental and sustainable practices throughout the design and construction of this new Chicago icon,” said Benjamin Skelton, President of Cyclone Energy Group, who guided Crescent Heights through the rigorous LEED certification process. “Most developers do the bare minimum to get the level of certification they selected at the onset of the project. This project was awarded 54 points, four more than was needed to earn LEED Silver. With so many environmentally responsible features, they’re deserving of the extra credit.”