Center for Neighborhood Technology Earns LEED Platinum
by Jessica Boehland
The nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has earned a Platinum rating in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System for new construction and major renovations for the renovation of its headquarters in Chicago. The 14,000 ft2 (1,300 m2) building is expected to use about half the energy of a conventional building. “CNT’s mission is to promote more livable and sustainable urban communities,” says CEO Kathryn Tholin. “We wanted to actually live that mission through this renovation, and show other organizations that you do not need an enormous budget or a
new building to become green.” The renovation cost only $82 per ft2 ($880/m2), compared to $90–$130 per ft2 ($970–$1,300/m2) for conventional rehabilitations in Chicago, according to the project’s architect, Farr Associates Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. CNT is online at www.cnt.org. Details about the renovation are at building.cnt.org.