Friday, June 27, 2008

Did you know? Biggest Green is in Chicago

The Merchandise Mart in Chicago IL is the World's Biggest Green Building.

You probably did know that The Merchandise Mart had its own zip code. From 1963 to 2008 July only the Merchandise Mart and its neighboring Apparel Mart had the 60654 ZIP Code due to its 4.2 million gross square feet occupancy. You have most likely noticed that the 25 stories commercial giant spans two city blocks.

What is probably going to be news for you is that the 78-year-old world's largest commercial building is now the world's biggest Green Building!

This came as a result of several factors:

  • replacing most of the building's 4,000-plus windows and upgrading rusty motors to taking better care of dust mops
  • upgrading a 1980s ice-storage cooling system to serve Mart's cooling needs
  • installation of individual meters to track water, electricity and other utility consumption

Want to know more about your biggest Green neighbour? here you go.

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