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  • Bricks, Pavers, and Cobblestones From Gavin Historical Bricks

    The company’s bricks, pavers, and cobblestones originated on historical buildings and roads. The 150-plus-year-old European-blend cobblestones shown here, reclaimed from U.S. streets, offer a smooth surface look from decades of wear. Other products include Old Chicago–style bricks, Antique Indiana...

  • Display house Built With FSC-Certified Materials

    Portland, Ore.-based Forest Products Solutions unveiled the first FSC House trade-show display at the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo last November in Chicago.

  • FBI's Chicago Regional Office Earns LEED Platinum

    For the past decade, USAA Real Estate Co., San Antonio, has managed its portfolio of more than $4.9 billion in assets with energy efficiency in mind. But the seven-time recipient of the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Partner of the Year award decided to...

  • The Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center / Glenview, Ill.

    Set amidst Air Station Prairie, a 32 1/2-acre (13-hectare) remnant of tall-grass prairie north of Chicago, the 3,000-square-foot (279-m2) center educates visitors about the history and ecology of the Illinois prairie ecosystem while serving as a showcase for cutting-edge technology and techniques...

  • Pacific Garden Mission / Chicago

    As part of the largest continuously operating homeless shelter in the U.S., the 16,000-square-foot (1486-m2) green-roof system incorporates a solar-reflective membrane and vegetated grids.

  • Albany Park Middle School / Chicago

    A 4,000-square-foot (372-m2) green roof covers a portion of the nearly 43,000-square-foot (3995-m2) roof over the school.

  • Materials Reuse

    On a pleasant day in one of Chicago’s suburbs, a deconstruction contractor and his crew remove an original, custom-made window for salvage from a 1923 home.

  • Hot Ideas For a Cooler Planet

    Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet was an artistic showcase of 126 globes in Chicago that depicted different ways to combat global warming.

  • Vegetated Roofing Projects Across the Country

    Vegetated roofing is experiencing a growth spurt across the U.S. Projects have been appearing on federal buildings in the nation’s capitol; on commercial projects as far west as California; and on various buildings in our nation’s heartland, where Chicago boasts the largest area of vegetated...

  • Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Educates Building Professionals

    Steven W. Peck, founder and president of Toronto-based nonprofit association Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, shares his thoughts about the benefits of vegetated roofs.