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Buildings Environments SPRING 2011

Solar Power Displays Savings & Sustainability Features GreenBuild Expo & Tour Highlights GreenChoice Opens Sustainable Community Bank The Weather & Your Landscape Kingsbury Plaza Goes Smoke Free Structural Engineers Express Concern with New LEED Draft Green Homes Will Grow As They Are More Affordable Veteran’s Administration Looks to Green Globes

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About the Cover: Shown here are the rooftop solar panels at United Displaycraft in Des Plaines, IL.



02 Solar Power Displays Savings & Sustainability By David Mack

26 Structural Engineers Express Concern with New LEED Draft by Leikny Johnson



06 GreenBuild Expo & Tour Highlights by Elena Lugo –Wolin-Levin, Inc.

27 Chicago Green Office Challenge


08 GreenChoice Opens Sustainable Community Bank 14 Editor’s Message 15 Directory Advertising 19 The Weather & Your Landscape by James A. Fizzell INDUSTRY HAPPENINGS

22 Veteran’s Administration Looks to Green Globes 23 Circulation Profile INDUSTRY HAPPENINGS

25 Kingsbury Plaza Goes Smoke Free INDUSTRY HAPPENINGS

25 2011 MCD Media Advisory Board INDUSTRY HAPPENINGS

26 Green Homes Will Grow As They Are More Affordable







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Solar Power Displays Savings & Sustainability Another Chicagoland area company has taken a solid sustainable step by harnessing the power of the sun to provide electricity for its business.


nited Displaycraft of Des Plaines, a prominent manufacturer of retail displays and in-store fixtures, now has a 650 panel solar photovoltaic (PV) system on its roof. It was designed and installed by Solar Service Inc. of Niles. “United Displaycraft has turned to solar power to generate green electricity and take advantage of government incentives (described more fully below) that make great economic sense, “said Brandon Leavitt, founder and president of Solar Service. This 153 kilowatt (the maximum amount of energy that can be generated at one given time) solar electric system is reportedly the largest non-publicly held commercial PV layout in Illinois. The installation took 10 weeks and began operation on August 30, 2010.

Solar Panel Price Reduction Originally the intent was to install 525 solar panels and then between the time of planning and execution of the placement of the modules the cost of the panels diminished. “During the course of the grant (federal/state) processing, the cost of the solar panels decreased in price three times,” explained Rich Carrigan, President of United Displaycraft. “By the time we were ready to purchase the panels, we were able to buy 650 for the same cost of 525 at the (previous) higher price.”

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The maintenance free panels, which come with a 25 year limited warranty, will hold up exceedingly well under the extreme and variable weather conditions experienced in the Midwest but many factors affect how long they will actually function as intended. “There are panels currently in use that were produced over 40 years ago that are still generating energy,” said Carrigan. Produced by Sharp, a U.S. manufacturer at its two facilities in California and Tennessee, “they are the most durable and cost-effective modules on the market and (have) proven extremely durable in our climate.”

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Roofing Integrity The panel installation did not affect the integrity of the bitumen roof system and the manufacturer of the roof materials still stands behind this membrane covering, according to Leavitt. An innovative solar mounting arrangement protects the underlying roof through attachment to the roof’s metal substructure at 80 points distributed over the bitumen covering. “The mounting only weighs about 3 pounds per square foot and is wind loaded to code to

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withstand up to 90 mile per hour winds,” said Leavitt. “In this way the solar installation actually flows with the roof’s own pitches, allowing for unimpeded drainage.” Because of the care exercised in the installation and the appropriate flashing around the points of attachment, the roof warranty was not voided.

Energy Savings & System Operation The savings in operation has exceeded expectations through the end of October. “We only have 2 full months of

data (as of the end of October) to look at so far but to this point we are beating our projections by roughly 23 percent,” said Carrigan. The manner in which the system operates is relatively uncomplicated and is completely automatic, Leavitt explained. Sunlight streams onto the solar PV modules, which then transform the sunlight into clean, renewable electricity. Each module/panel consists of several cells connected by wire in a series. When sunlight falls on the modules, electrons embedded in the cells become agitated and generate electric current, which is carried via more wires into two devices called inverters located in the facility. The inverters change the current from direct to alternating and from there the juice is delivered to the building’s main electrical panels. It is used to imme-

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diately satisfy the businesses electric demands.

Electricity Generated The roof top system has been estimated to meet 12.5 percent of United Displaycraft’s electrical needs, which amounts to approximately 170,000 KWH annually or about one and one-half of one month of the building’s total electric bill. “We know that it will consistently provide an average of 12 percent of the facility power and already on some sunny and clear days we have witnessed production above that level,” said Carrigan. It will enable the company to reduce its electricity from the ComEd grid during peak times as it draws its power from its own apparatus. This will allow the grid to meet the needs of other customers during those peak times of demand. The PV system will also be wired into United Displaycraft’s transformers so that any excess electricity generated by the solar supply source can be directed into the grid to serve the needs of the rest of the power consuming community.

Commitment to Sustainability The solar installation is just part of United Displaycraft’s commitment to sustainability. “In today’s global climate of rising costs and growing awareness of how we all impact the ecosystem, being green is more than an environmentally sound business philosophy, it’s an economic and socially responsible necessity,” said Carrigan. ( More on the breadth of UD’s conservation effort below) The decision to generate solar electricity at its own location was influenced by customers of United Displaycraft who are very concerned about sustainability, he explained. “That’s the main reason we started our Green Team.”

Financing for Green Project However, the solar power system was not a go when it was first evaluated. Installation was determined to be financially unfeasible with an estimated pay back period of about 17 years. A shorter recovery of capital cost outlay was necessary before United Displaycraft could commit to the project. A new financing arrangement was eventually worked out with several governmental entities providing grants and credits, which reduced the cost recovery time to five years. “We are able to achieve this aggressive payback goal through an innovative finance model and hope other Illinois companies will emulate it,” said Carrigan.

Government Grants & Credits The finance model has four aspects involving both state and federal participation. It includes a 30 percent solar grant from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act’s Community Renewal Energy Program, which was passed through the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; a 30 percent federal tax credit through the U.S. Department of Energy, which is available for all solar installations; the actual saving achieved by using the company’s own electrical system and the sale of Solar Renewable Energy Credits that are marketable “It’s a combination of all of these forces,” explained Carrigan. “Now our payback has gotten down into a feasible range where many other business owners will become interested in their own solar project.” The Solar Credits or carbon offsets generated by United Displaycraft in its use of the sun’s power are available for purchase by

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other companies that are unable to reduce their carbon output or decide not to. They, “can either install these systems (e.g., wind or solar) or they can chose to purchase the rights of the carbon-offsets from other companies such as United Displaycraft,” said Leavitt.

Green Model Carrigan reiterated that his Company can serve as a model for others. “We’re doing something green in putting these solar panels on our roof,” and we have,” proven so far that it works and is viable,” he said. The more viable it is the more companies will want to do it.”

Carbon Dioxide Reduction There clearly are environmental benefits to such a solar PV system of this kind. It, “will provide annual carbon dioxide reduction of 122 tons,” said Carrigan, which is the approximate equivalent of planting more than 61 acres of trees each year to ingest a comparable amount of the gas. Additionally, the solar set up will displace about 700 tons of nitric oxide as well as

1800 tons of acid rain each year in the full functioning mode of the system.

Economic Impact & Performance The economy of the State of Illinois will also realize an advantage in terms of more work opportunities. “The grant money (from the stimulus package) was successful in creating six permanent jobs and the retention of five others,” said Leavitt. A deck monitoring internet site will permit the public and management team at United Displaycraft to acquire real time data about the solar array’s performance. A dedicated weather station put in place as part of the solar system will provide live input that will be captured and analyzed by software that is part of the monitoring equipment. A live readout of the energy being created will be displayed through easy to read icons at the website.

Green Inititatives Carrigan believes that for a business to be environmentally conscious is not a conflict of purpose. “I’ve been trying to prove that to people in a variety of ways,”

he said. The company has been in the forefront of the effort to go green with a number of other initiatives besides the solar installation. United Displaycraft: » recycles all office paper, cardboard, linerboard, pallets, wood components and plastic packaging, so far preventing 350 tons of material being dumped in a landfill. » installed motion sensors for warehouse and office lighting reducing electrical consumption for this need by 50 percent. » implemented a water recycling program to cool down manufacturing equipment and reduced water consumption by 800,000 cubic feet annually. » installed 9 new waterless urinals, saving an estimated 225,000 gallons of water annually. “The company has been examining ways to reduce waster, recycle and conserve energy for several years now,” said Carrigan. “United Displaycraft and its Green Team are no strangers to green initiatives.” $

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Tours at GreenBuild Expo Offered Green Education the us green Building Council (usgBC) held their annual greenBuild Convention in november 2010 at Chicago’s mcCormick place.


SGBC.org describes itself as a “non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction.” For property managers like myself in the multi-family residential world, we don’t work with this organization often, and for some, not at all. hopefully there will be more participation by multi-family professionals in the future. the usgBC is the developer of the leed (leadership in energy & environmental design) rating system, which evaluates a building’s sustainable and efficiency practices. We should be looking toward the usgBC for future product innovations and industry trends. usgBC is a global organization making a big impact in the real estate development and management market. this becomes apparent when walking into the largely impressive exhibit hall which is full of big name companies, like ge and sloan. Future trends and innovations were really demonstrated hands-on during greenBuild’s tour; green geeks: exploring efficient technology installations in south Chicago. the tour had three different site stops focused around energy conservation installations in Chicago’s south side.

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the illinois institute of technology (iit) is unassuming and you can’t tell by just passing by that iit is a global energy grid innovator. in general, the energy we receive to our homes and offices is extremely inefficient, which works in effect like nothing more than pushing water down a pipe. iit’s perfect power system adjusts to demand and is loop based for zero down time. one of the main thrusts of this stop on our tour was that changes in energy consumption and user behavior are at our forefront. however, first we have to improve the way we supply, manage and use our energy. iit is helping lead the way in this regard.

Columbia College last, but not least on my tour, was the Columbia College media production Center. With

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our more serious stops behind us, we toured the media Center which is leed certified but also fun, colorful and energetic. Architects, studio gang, have been consistently producing customized, unique designs that illustrate that green doesn’t impede style. What’s exciting about this design process is that it is still evolving, with students contributing and managing conservation with every one of their media production projects.

our facilities maintenance sustainable solutions portfolio. Further, it continues to be an enriching learning opportunity for all involved.” Rubbermaid Commercial Products overall, greenBuild showed the event’s global audience that Chicago is at the leading

edge of green innovation. We, as residents, should keep a peaked ear to our surroundings to take advantage of so many local opportunities. And although we may not all be interested in leed certifying our buildings, there is always something to learn and gain from programs such as the greenBuild expo. $

What Others Said Below are a few comments from participants that were posted on the greenbuild expo website: “As a global design and technology leader, Kohler offers the largest portfolio of plumbing products that are engineered to save water while remaining true to a singular level of quality…Every year at Greenbuild, Kohler looks forward to meeting with the industry’s most innovative architects, builders, developers and specifies on how best to create sustainable kitchen and bath spaces.” Kohler Co. “As a USGBC member, we have followed Greenbuild very closely over the past few years. The Expo has been a great forum for us to connect and interact with a knowledgeable, passionate and diverse target audience while presenting

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GreenChoice Opens Sustainable Community Bank greenChoice Bank offers values-Based Approach Focused on people, planet, profits


reenChoice Holding Company, Inc. officially opened the doors to GreenChoice Bank on Feb. 1, completing the re-branding of Family Federal Savings of Illinois, the 100 year old community lender it acquired last July. Unique about GreenChoice Bank is its dedication to sustainable business operations, sourcing, lending and culture. By re-branding branch locations in Cicero and Lockport, Ill., GreenChoice becomes the first holistically sustainable community bank in the Midwest. Its mission is to offer consumers and businesses a better, values-based choice for banking services, focused on the triple bottom line

of people, planet and profits. GreenChoice Holding Company has been operating under the Family Federal name since it acquired the savings and loan. Simultaneously, its management has spent months retrofitting and re-engineering outdated structures and processes to operate the business using sustainable principles.

Environmentally Sound Standards This includes retrofitting the centuryold buildings to environmentally sound standards for LEED Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EBO&M) certification. Green technologies are infused into every aspect of the retrofit project, from

high-efficiency lighting and plumbing and locally sourced building materials to recycled and reused products, including reclaimed walnut planks from a turkey coop. As part of its mission, GreenChoice Bank, a certified B Corporation, leverages funds on deposit to invest in the local and green economy. Special checking and savings accounts with higher rates are designed for those actively embracing sustainability through their account activity. Advantaged terms are offered to commercial clients managing green businesses, building sustainability and creating green collar jobs. From online banking and paperless statements to advantaged loan and deposit products for those actively embracing sustainability, we designed the bank with environmentally-friendly principles that guide every aspect of our business,” says Steve Sherman, LEED AP, chief operating officer and director. “Our customers

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L. Sherman, founder, chairman and chief executive officer; Jon A. Levey, LEED AP, founder, executive vice president and chief lending officer; and Kenneth C. Kline, chief financial officer. GreenChoice Bank branch locations are located at 5225 W. 25th St. in Cicero and 838 S. State St. in Lockport. GreenChoice Bank also plans to open its LEED Platinum flagship location later at the new Green Exchange, 2545 W. Diversey Ave. in Chicago. $ photos Courtesy of GreenChoice Bank.

Shown here are the lobby (above) and exterior (below) of the GreenChoice Bank facility located in Lockport, IL

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GreenChoice Bank 2011 Fact Sheet Mission » greenChoice Bank strives to be the premier relationship-driven community bank focusing on the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits.

» Advantaged terms are offered to commercial clients that build sustainably and create green collar jobs.

» employee policies encourage sustainable

Overview » greenChoice Bank is the midwest’s first holistically sustainable community bank dedicated to offering consumers and businesses a better, values-based choice for banking services.

» sustainable principles guide every aspect of the bank’s operations.

» We focus on supporting the local community, fostering green collar jobs creation and growth, and improving the sustainable business economy.

» We understand sustainability because we’re involved in the sustainable business community.

» Customers know that when they bank with us, their funds are being leveraged responsibly and invested back into the community.

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Commitments » greenChoice Bank is conscious about more than your money. We believe in rewarding you and your business for making greener choices – and our business practices also reflect these ideas. that’s why you can feel good about us as a banking partner.

» We are re-engineering how banking is done to use minimal waste in back-office operations through paperless processes, electronic document distribution, imagebased check processing, online banking and e-statements.

» We seek to purchase more environmentally friendly products and we’re mindful of sourcing decisions, such as offering debit cards made of 100 percent recycled plastic. special checking and savings accounts with higher rates are designed for those actively embracing sustainability.

choices. these include using public transportation to commute to work, volunteering in the community and rewarding those who purchase hybrid or other low emission Fuel efficient vehicles.

Personalized Services » online banking – enroll at www.greenchoicebank.com or with a greenChoice personal banker for 24-hour access to your accounts.

» online bill paying – no more stamps, envelopes or late payments. greenChoice Bank’s easy bill pay is just a click away.

» mobile banking – use your phone to make transfers and payments, and check your balance.

» remote e-deposits – deposit checks electronically from your home or office without having to travel to a branch or Atm.

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» greenChoice account debit card – for fee-free

» July 2010: greenChoice holding Company

cash withdrawals from 40,000 stars and Allpoint Atms worldwide, plus purchases at retailers that accept visa.

» Ceiling skylight (lockport branch) increases

acquires Family Federal savings of illinois, founded in 1910 with locations in Cicero and lockport, ill.

» paperless statements – greenChoice offers

» August 2010: re-engineering of existing bank

special discounts to paperless banking customers. not receiving statements by mail reduces our impact on the environment and provides you with faster information, better security and the convenient option to print what you need from your computer

structures and processes begin, along with remodeling of branch facilities for leed eBo&m certification. green technologies and sustainable best-practices are infused into all aspects of the community bank’s 100-year-old existing structure. Choice Bank brand. remodeled branch facilities of the former Family Federal savings of illinois are brought under the greenChoice banner.

» late 2007, founders organize, raise initial seed capital and begin to prepare the applications necessary to start greenChoice Bank.

» spring 2008: greenChoice applies for a federal bank charter from the office of thrift supervision and the Federal deposit of insurance Corporation (FdiC).

» december 2008: greenChoice Bank selects green exchange as its leed platinum flagship location. green exchange is the country’s largest sustainable business community committed to environmental sustainability, profit and positive social impact.

Branch Retrofit/Green Highlights Cicero and lockport bank branches are retrofitted for leed eBo&m certification. Both buildings are nearly 100 years old. sustainable technologies and practices are infused into all aspects of the project:

» June 2009: greenChoice Bank receives approval for a federal savings bank charter from the office of thrift supervision.

repurposed and re-milled for use within branch.

» offices are built with reclaimed hayworth wall systems, diverted from landfills.

» Walnut planks are reclaimed from a turkey coop.

» nurazzo marble line floor tile uses natural marble from local quarries.

» February 2011: official launch of the green-

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natural light by nine percent.

» teller line cabinetry and counter tops are

» Furniture is re-used/repurposed and materials are locally sourced. “new” furniture is preowned and refurbished.

» no-voC paints are used, helping to maintain good air quality.

» high-efficiency lighting reduces demand for

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» plumbing fixtures were selected for their low water use, including low-flow toilets and fixtures. this minimizes fresh water waste and extends septic system life.

» energY stAr dishwasher in the employee break room replaces use of paper and styrofoam plates and cups.

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» high-efficient paperless hand dryers eliminate the need for paper from recycled sources or virgin trees.

Executive Management Team » harold l. sherman, founder, chairman, chief executive officer

» steve sherman, leed Ap, founder, chief operating officer, director

» Jon A. levey, leed Ap & green, founder, executive vice president, chief lending officer, director

» Kenneth C. Kline, chief financial officer

Board Members GreenChoice Bank’s Kenneth C. Kline answers questions at a recent trade show. The sustainable community bank opened two Chicago-area branches in February and is doing business online at www.greenchoicebank.com.

in addition to the executive management team:

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pring cannot get here soon enough for most us. February of this year was particularly challenging with one of the largest

snow events in history followed by a blast of bitter cold. extreme snow events such as the Blizzard of 2011 test even the best snow management plans.

» editor’s message

our cover story for this issue of CBe showcases united displaycraft, a company based in des

plaines, il that makes retail displays and in store fixtures. they have turned to solar power to generEditor & Publisher Michael C. Davids

ate electricity and take advantage of government incentives. united displaycraft’s solar electric system is reportedly the largest non-government photovoltaic layout in illinois.

Vice President Sherri Iandolo

our second story profiles the first holistically sustainable community bank and provides a number of practical examples describing the green building programs and initiatives that were in-

Art Director Rick Dykhuis Contributing Writers

corporated in the formation of greenChoice Banks. inside this issue is an article on a habitat Company apartment building that recently went

James A. Fizzell, Cathy Walker,

smoke free along with a story on the veterans’ Administration’s involvement with the green globes

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program. Another article in this issue highlights the greenBuild expo and one of property tours of-

Circulation & Administration Carol Iandolo, Mary Knoll, Arlene Wold

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Professional Services Directory

Quality Restorations (630) 595-0990



IFD Inc. Associated Environmental LLC 847-364-6800

Hard Surface Solutions 815-344-8400 / 630-674-4520

Asbestos Abatement • Lead Paint Mitigation www.ifd-associated.com

Contact Mark Neville

The Lorusso Companies (630)231-9009 C O N C R E T E & A S P H A LT

Coder Taylor Associates 847-382-4100

Install New • Remove Old • Repair • Footings Foundations • Sidewalk • Parking Lots • Driveways www.lorussocompanies.com

Full Circle Architects, LLC (847) 564-0884 (847) 564-3880 fax Daniel Baigelman, AIA dan@fullcirclearchitects.com Capital Improvements • Reserve Studies • Engineering Reports

www.fullcirclearchitects.com 85Revere Drive, Suite B, Northbrook, IL 60062

Maul Asphalt & Seal Coating 630-420-8765 Sealcoating / Crack-Sealing / Striping Asphalt Installation www.maulasphalt.com

F: 312.288.3801

www.environcorp.com 333 West Wacker | Suite 2700 Chicago, Illinois 60606

Klein and Hoffman, Inc. Structural and Restoration Engineers


Building Envelope Structural Renovation/Adaptive Reuse Curtainwall/Windows / Capital Maintenance Planning New Structural Design, Civil/Environmental Marine/Waterfront Structures Transportation Facilities www.kleinandhoffman.com

ATTORNEYS Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit (847) 537-0500 Advising and Consulting with Business Owners, Community Association Law & Collection Services, Construction Defects, Real Estate Assessed Valuation Reduction, Litigation, Commercial Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Real Estate, Business ,Estate Planning

contact: Rob Sternberg RSternberg@ksnlaw.com

Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC 312-476-7556 Howard Dakoff / hdakoff@lplegal.com www.lplegal.com

CONCRETE Concrete By Sennstrom (630) 406-1200 CUSTOM CONCRETE DESIGNS Install New Concrete / Remove Old Concrete Waterproof Concrete Repair Concrete / Seal Concrete Walks • Pool Decks • Balconies Professional Service Since 1970

Concrete Flatwork Specialists / Asphalt Paving Curbs & Driveways / Sidewalks Footings &Foundations / Colored & Stamped Concrete Aggregate Finish Concrete Contact Mark Neville www.hsshardsurfacesolutions.com

CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS R.C. Wegman Construction Company (630) 844 - 3000 New development • Tenant Improvements Upgrading facilities • Expansions Applying LEED Principles "Building on Over 50 Years of Trust" Contact: Mark Baum / markb@rcwegman.com www.rcwegman.com

BANKING Community Advantage of Barrington Bank & Trust 847-304-5940 Loans, Reserve Investments & Lock Box Services

SWH Architects, Ltd. 630-466-8021


Contact - Steve Hansen stevehansen@mchsi.com

GreenChoice Bank 708-656-0100 x128

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Hard Surface Solutions 815-344-8400 / 630-674-4520


Environ International Corporation V: 312.288.3836

Riggio/Boron Ltd. A Total Exterior Facade Restoration Company



Architects • Research • Engineering Specifications • Reserve Studies


DOORS American Door & Dock 847-359-4296 www.americandooranddock.com


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Brouwer Brothers Steamatic QCI Restoration 847-891-2929 866-832-6724

All types of Environmental Cleaning.

800 CLEAN54 (253-2654) 708-396-1447 (24-hour service line)



Brouwer Bros. Steamatic (800) CLEAN54 Photo Inventory, Moving, Storage or Disposal www.bbsteamatic.com

ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION McGinty Brothers Professional Lawn & Tree Care 847-438-5161 ELEVATORS/CONSULTANTS Smart Elevators Co. (630) 554-6820 www.smartelevatorsco.com ENERGY EFFICIENT GREEN LIGHTING

SKP Supply LLC (847) 239-7249

The Restoration Group, LLC 630-580-5584


State Licensed Private Detectives All Types of Investigations Specialization in Foreclosure Process Service and Eviction Notices on Foreclosed Property

Universal Restoration Services 877-864-8266 P 888-596-4966 F


Water, Fire and Disaster Restoration Joe Lamotte, General Manager Commercial Division www.4universal.com

FIRE/FLOOD RESTORATION Brouwer Bros. Steamatic All types of Environmental Cleaning. Air & Exhaust Duct Cleaning • Mold Remediation Garbage Chute Cleaning • Carpet & Drapery Cleaning Photo Inventory, Moving, Storage or Removal

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS Kinsella Landscape, Inc. 708-371-0830 Creating Lifestyles from the Outside In...™ www.kinsellalandscape.com

FIRE SAFETY & PROTECTION ConTech MSI Co. 847-483-3803 Fire Detection & Signaling Systems Fire Alarm Systems Chicago Life Safety Evaluation Solutions Security Systems/CCTV Card Access Systems See our ad on page 8 www.contechco.com

Select Energy Partners LLC (312) 593-6412 Contact: Ryan Anthony www.selectenergypartners.com

(312) 583-1169 FAX



Green Lighting, Electrical Supplies & Appliances Energy Efficient Lighting with Simple Payback Programs jasonk@skpsupply.com

E.L. Johnson Investigations, Inc. (312) 583-1167

HVAC Team Mechanical A N E M CO R CO M PA NY

(847) 537-1616 www.tmi.com

INSURANCE Hollinger Services, Inc. 847-437-2184 www.HollingerInsurance.com

Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) 866-2NIFSAB (866-264-3722) 708-403-4468

Mesirow Financial 312-595-8135 Nancy Ayers


IRRIGATION Team Fire Protection A N E M CO R CO M PA NY

NatureScape Design

(847) 537-1616

Irrigation & Water Features Contact Paul Layshock or Jean Singleton

800 CLEAN54 (253-2654) 708-396-1447 (24-hour service line) www.bbsteamatic.com



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LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS Alan Horticultural Services, Inc. 630-739-0205



SKP Supply LLC (847) 239-7249

AAA Painting Contractors, Inc. 630-231-8350




Balanced Environments 847-228-7230

Green Lighting, Electrical Supplies & Appliances Energy Efficient Lighting with Simple Payback Programs jasonk@skpsupply.com

CertaPro Painters (866) 441-8259


ILT Vignocchi 847-487-5200



Brouwer Brothers Steamatic

Interior & Exterior Painting • Wallcoverings Stucco, Masonry & EFIS Repair • Drywall Repair www.certapro.com


All types of Environmental Cleaning.

Kinsella Landscape, Inc. 708-371-0830 Creating Lifestyles from the Outside In...™ www.kinsellalandscape.com

Landscape Concepts Management 847-223-3800

800 CLEAN54 (253-2654) 708-396-1447 (24-hour service line)


IFD Inc. Associated Environmental LLC 847-364-6800


Environmental Remediation www.ifd-associated.com

Sebert Landscaping, Inc. 630-497-1000

Clean Air Inspections (847) 344-0607


Mold & Water Damage Experts RESIDENTIAL- COMMERCIAL-INDUSTRIAL Asisstance with Insuance Claims Post Remediation Assessments & Occupancy Studies

Thornapple Landscapes, Inc. 630-232-2076 / 800-464-3443 Quality Landscaping Since 1947 www.thornapplelandscapes.com

NUISANCE WILDLIFE LAWN CARE Spring Green Professional Lawn & Tree Care 800-830-5914

Smithereen Pest Management Services 847-647-0010

FM&J Asphalt Paving, Inc. 708-544-6700 / 630-279-0303 Concrete & Asphalt Paving / Pavers & Color Stamping Drainage Systems & Sewer Repairs Sealcoating, Crack Filling & Striping www.fmjasphalt.com

Maul Asphalt & Seal Coating 630-420-8765 Sealcoating / Crack-Sealing / Striping Asphalt Installation www.maulasphalt.com

PEST MANAGEMENT SERVICES Smithereen Pest Management Services 800-336-3500 www.smithereen.com



The Alter Group 630-620-3600

Alter Asset Management 630-620-3600


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DuBois Paving 847-634-6089 / 800-884-4728


Baum Property Services, LTD., AAMC 630-897-0500

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Caruso Management Group, Inc.

Suarez Roofing, Inc. 773-235-5455

Autumn Tree Care Experts, Inc.

Residential & Commercial

630-717-7188 www.carusomg.com

Heil, Heil, Smart & Golee Real Estate Since 1885

Your Complete Roofing Solutions www.suarezroofing.com


847-866-7400 / 773-273-3434 www.hhsg.com

McGill Management, Inc. 847-259-1331 www.mcgillmanagement.com

Tairre Management (847) 299-5740

Environ International Corporation V: 312.288.3836 F: 312.288.3801

www.environcorp.com 333 West Wacker | Suite 2700 Chicago, Illinois 60606


SHEET METAL [CUSTOM] J.J. Superior Sheet Metal, Inc. (708) 544-3757 Architectural Sheet Metal Specialists Coping, Counter Flashing & Specialty Copper Work Gutters & Custom Roofing Accessories www.jjsuperior.com

Wolin-Levin, Inc. 312-335-1950 Contact:Tom Skweres // tskweres@wolin-levin.com www.wolin-levin.com

ROOFING B.T. Lakeside Roofing 630-628-0093 www.lakeroof.com

CSR Roofing Contractors 708-848-9119 Industrial/Commercial/Multi Tenant/High Rise All types of Roofing Leak Trouble Shooting/Roof Repairs Roof Check 365 Maintenance Programs Conventional and Single Ply Roofing www.csr-roofing.com

ProTop Roofing 847-559-9119

847-729-1963 for more information, please visit our website: www.autumntree.com

Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc. 630-293-5444 Tree Pruning, Tree Removal, Cable Bracing, Plant Health Care, Tree Planting & Transplanting www.kramertree.com

The Care of Trees 847-394-3903


Legum & Norman, Mid-West 312944-2611

a comprehensive aboricultural firm building relationships in every season

Certified Arborists, Accredited, 5-Time “Company That Cares” Honor Roll Member www.thecareoftrees.com

WASTE SERVICES/REC YCLING Lakeshore Waste Services 773-685-8811

SIDING / RENOVATIONS B.T. Lakeside Roofing 630-628-0093 www.lakeroof.com

WATER CONSERVATION DRF Total Property Solutions 630-615-4490


service@drftps.com / www.drftps.com

Hard Surface Solutions 815-344-8400 / 630-674-4520


Contact Mark Neville

SOLAR ENERGY Solar Service, Inc. 847-677-0950 www.solarserviceinc.com


IFD Inc. Associated Environmental LLC 847-364-6800 www.ifd-associated.com New Construction • Renovation • Replacement/Repair Window Systems • Noise Abatement • Curtain Wall Systems Aluminum Windows: Wausau, Graham, Champion, Fulton Wood Windows: Andersen, Pella, Kolbe & Kolbe Steel Windows:Crittall

Woodland Windows & Doors 630-529-Door (3667) www.woodlandwindows.com

Association of Townhome and Condominium Associations

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By  JaMes a. fizzell

The Weather & Your Landscape the weather has a greater effect on the success of your plantings than any other single factor. After two years of being affected by an el nino, the weather for the next several months will be dictated by a moderate-to-strong la nina. La Nina An El Nino is characterized by warmer than normal sea water temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific. A La Nina results from unusually cold Pacific waters. Presently the water temperatures there are as much as 6 degrees F. (4 degrees C.) below the norm. Conditions have switched quite rapidly from the El Nino to a La Nina. During a La Nina event, fall and winter here typically are somewhat changeable but dominated by a ridge over the high plains and persistent northwest to southeast upper level winds. Storms along the west coast are diverted above the ridge into Canada. Periodic clipper-type weather systems then move out of the Canadian Prairie Provinces, diving down into our area bringing arctic cold, and frequent, light, dry snows. The moisture is wrung out over the mountains, leaving the air moisture-starved.

Heavy Wet Snow Unlikely The ridging set up over the high plains, blocks Gulf of Mexico moisture and forces the storms along the Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard, making heavy, wet, snow unlikely here. And, it reduces the chances that warm fronts will be able to work their way into the Midwest. So far this season, the weather has been just about what we would expect from a La Nina winter. The west coast has been hit by one after another devastating storm. Mudslides and floods have raked California. In the mountainous West, record snowfall has caused closings of roads, railways and airports. The Gulf

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Coast states and the East have been buried repeatedly by ice and heavy snow. Here in the Midwest, cold has been the signature event. While there has been snow, it has come in small amounts for the most part except along Lake Michigan where the lake effect has resulted in large amounts of snow in localized areas.

Extended Fall Was Mild & Dry The fall was extended and relatively mild. Temperatures stayed above normal through September, October and November. As per the forecast we made last fall, rainfall was spotty. Following the floods of last summer, fall was dry. September started out wet, but after the first few days, things dried out, and less than one additional inch fell the rest of the month. Only an inch or so fell in October or November. Fall color was not spectacular but was prolonged. Some species colored up early, possibly due to the dry fall. Others were late. Instead of the spectacular blast of color the third week of October, there was color interspersed with still-green plants, and later among plants that had long since shed their leaves. Leaf-drop was extended into November and even December on some species.

Light Dry Snows Mild weather at the end of November allowed for late fall cleanups, but on November 30 temperatures dropped, and by the first weekend of December, the snow began. Several inches of light, dry snow fell on December 4 and 5, followed by light amounts every few days. A light snowfall Christmas Eve stuck to trees and

shrubs creating a winter wonderland as the sun rose on Christmas morning. Temperatures were to stay below freezing for much of December, moderating at the end of the month into the 50s on New Years Eve. The accumulated snow disappeared in a matter of two days. NewYears Day dawned mild, green, and sunny. The average temperature for December was well below normal, not because of any exceptionally cold nights, but due to the lower than average daytime highs.

Snow Melt Absorbed Fortunately, the snow cover had prevented the ground from freezing in spite of the cold. Five or six inches of snow provides an amazing amount of insulation. As the snow melted it was accompanied by thunder-storms, rarities in December. The result was the melting snow and the rain rapidly percolating into the ground to recharge soils still dry from the lack of Fall rains.

Ground Cover & Perennials Protected The early snow cover was equally beneficial protecting ground cover and perennials from the cold. Exposed tops of plants received the full brunt of the cold. Since the fall was so mild, these plants were not exposed to the gradual cooling that normally results in the dormancy plants need to survive the winter. While many kinds of plants are not affected by such sudden changes in the weather, many of our introduced kinds of plants are. The dry fall portends difficulty for shallowly rooted trees, particularly those in irrigated lawns and those that did not receive adequate irrigation last fall. If the remainder of the winter does turn out dry as expected, the situation may get worse.

Forecast For Coming Months To get an idea of what to expect for

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the next several months, we contacted our friend and long-range weather guru, Greg Soulje. According to Greg, the amount of snow received to date seems to have been an anomaly. His prediction last fall was for ten to fifteen inches to date, and we have received about 18 inches of dry, fluffy snow in our gauges. Down-state areas and those along Lake Michigan received more. Cold air blowing over the still warm lake waters pick up moisture and can drop substantial amounts of snow in localized spots. The lake effect was the difference, not the organized storms. By late January, several inches of snow were again covering the land. For the remainder of the winter, Soulje expects little snow, maybe ten to fifteen inches more, and that it will be dry and in small amounts. Maybe amounts of an inch or so accompanying frequent clippers, more along the lake, is about all that can be expected, he says.

Cold Likely to Continue The La Nina continues to develop, says Soulje, strengthening the troughing that will funnel continuing cold into our area. The ridge that forces the west coast storms into the Canadian prairie provinces seems to be firmly in place. The snow pack in Canada and in the northen high plains will assure that the winds blowing from that direction will not warm up. The ridging assures that there will be little if any incursion of Gulf of Mexico

moisture to enhance snowfall. After the brief warm-up in late December, the cold intensified. There was not any of the extended sub-zero cold like that in the early 80s, but frequent waves changed to the long-lasting, nagging, gnawing variety of cold. After mid-January, more frequent zero weather was expected. Should there be a lack of snow cover, that, and the still dry soils will allow frost to penetrate well into the ground and will expose ground covers, low-growing plants, and shallow rooted trees and shrubs to the cold.

Spring May Be Slow to Come Spring Soulje says, will have a tough time getting started. Expect it to be cold, and continued dry. The result may be a lot of desiccation, and losses of some plants. The dry weather last fall, the lack of opportunity to achieve a degree of dormancy before the onset of the cold, and the tendency of some plants to hang onto their leaves all can have an effect on the plants. This is especially true for introduced kinds. The effect can be dieback, loss of branches, or outright loss of plants. Exotics imported from other parts of the world are not accustomed to the stresses of Midwest weather and can have more trouble.

Cultural Practices It is a little late to make many changes in the care your plants are getting

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this winter. If there are some warm days, try to get them some water. If they have begun to be heaved out of the ground, firm them back in when the ground is not frozen. Make sure rodents have not damaged the plants. If rodent damage has started, install some guards. Set out mouse bait such as d-Con (phosphamidon) or Gladiator (bromethalin) blocks. Make sure the burlap screens around evergreens and along walks and drives are still in place. Damage from sun, wind and blowing salt spray are still possible. Don’t expect to get an early start on outdoor work this spring. It may be a good idea to keep good records of plants that do not tolerate the weather.

Native Plants The current trend in our industry is to rely once again on native plant material that has evolved under the conditions we so often experience here. Such plants will provide the aesthetics we want with much less input and with enhanced sustainability. This necessity corresponds with the emphasis throughout the United States on native plants. For over a century, we have ignored many of the native plants which had been taken to Europe and the Far East where they have been hybridized and are now returning. Things we once considered weeds are now some of the hottest items in the industry, the improved native plants. The Chicagoland Grows evaluation program, involving the local Arboreta and the nursery and landscape industry, is concentrating on cultivars and hybrids of native plants. Most of the landscape professionals here are utilizing native plants and cultivars selected for this area in their designs. They are taking advantage of the information derived from the years of experience and research, and are using the things that will provide satisfaction with less of the troubles. Where new plantings are anticipated, or where older plantings are due for some renovation, consider some of the newer kinds of plants now available. Talk to your contractor about what is recommended. Consider replacing some of the flowers with native forbes. Identify areas where native prairie plantings might be utilized. These plants might take some time to develop, but once they are estab-

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lished will take less critical care and will survive the weather extremes without blinking.

Be Ready for Any Good Weather Since spring may turn out to be inhospitable, plan to take advantage of any good weather to start on spring chores. Cleanups, turfgrass repairs, trimming out of winter damage, and planning for needed replacements should be done without delay. Often, even in the best of years, spring can start out pleasant and rapidly deteriorate. Those able to take advantage of the early start may be weeks ahead of those who miss the opportunity. Check with your contractors. Make sure they are ready to get to work. If contracts are still in limbo, complete them as soon as possible so your contractor can get started. Experienced contractors are aware of the vagaries of Midwest weather and are as anxious to get started as you are. And, they are just as concerned that your plantings are as nice as they and you know they can be. $

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» industry happenings Veteran's Administration Looks to Green Globes BuilDings & environMents

The Green Building Initiative, (GBI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the acceleration of sustainable building practices, was recently awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide online, green building self-evaluations for 173 hospital facilities using Green Globes® Continual Improvement of Existing Buildings environmental rating and assessment tool. As part of the contract, GBI will provide training for VA facilities management personnel who will be performing the web-enabled assessments. This recent award follows a 2009 pilot project by the VA in which 21 hospitals across the US were assessed and certified using the Green Globes system. The Green Globes Continual Improvement for Existing Buildings (CIEB) tool was selected and GBI was awarded the contract based on VA requirements that included: tool compatibility with a third party green building rating system developed by an ANSI –accredited organization, compatibility with the Federal High Performance and Sustainable Building Guidance dated 12/1/2008, cost, and demonstrated experience with the assessment and certification of other Federal Government facilities.

The Green Globes CIEB program helps establish performance baselines, best practices and certification for operations and maintenance of a building in the environmental assessment areas of energy, water, resource management and emissions and pollution. The fully interactive, webenabled tool also allows facility personnel to measure, document, and improve the sustainability of a building over time. On February 28, 2006 the Department of Veterans Affairs joined 21 Federal departments and agencies in signing the Memorandum of Understanding on Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings. The MOU commits the signatories to demonstrate leadership in implementing common strategies for planning, acquiring, siting, designing, building, operating, and maintaining high performance and sustainable buildings. The Sustaining Guiding Principles employ integrated design, optimizing energy performance, protecting and conserving water, enhancing the indoor environment, and reducing the impact of materials as best practices to achieve these goals. "The 173 buildings to be assessed encompass some of the largest and most complex commer-

cial buildings in the US. This project represents the first steps in what could be a broader sustainability assessment/certification initiative spanning entire campuses," commented Ward Hubbell, President of the Green Building Initiative. "Green Globes is highly compatible with the elements of the High Performance and Sustainable Buildings Guidance and is an important tool to help federal agencies evaluate compliance with the Executive Order," he added. Upon implementation, this project represents the first large scale, nationwide deployment and application of online evaluation tools for comprehensive sustainability assessment within a major Federal Government agency. ABOUT THE GREEN BUILDING INITIATIVE:The mission of the Green Building Initiative is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches. A not-for-profit education initiative, the GBI is supported by a broad cross section of organizations and individuals with an interest in residential and commercial construction. For more information on the Green Building Initiative, please visit www.thegbi.org.

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Baum Moves Offices

Over 200 hundred guests attended the new building open house with an Oktoberfest theme on October 1st, 2010. After an official blessing from the church, Michael D. Baum, President of Baum Property Management cut the ribbon and the tours of the offices began. Designed in a modular style, each department has their own distinct work area but it’s clear how work flows in this new building,. The new technology helps link each department. “It took us over a year to find the right building to fit our growth needs,” offered Baum “but the effort was worthwhile.” Guests were treated to an authentic OktoberFest complete with a wide array of German food and drink, special mugs for the occasion and a spirited German style oom pah band, The tours of the building gave each Baum client or prospective client a good look at the new work areas for Accounting, Customer Service and the Property Management team. Each floor has its own set of meeting rooms including one that can be used by associations. New Financial Officer One of Aurora’s longtime financial professionals now leads the financial accounting section of Baum Property Management, Ltd. Abby Schuler, CPA, with almost two decades of public and corporate accounting experience, was recently added to the expanded financial capabilities at

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the Aurora based property management firm and will focus efforts to safeguard and manage the financial assets of over 60 area community associations. Abby sees her role as a way to protect the number one asset for thousands of area people. “Your home is, for most people, the single largest investment they will make,” Schuler noted.. “I make certain the financial health of these properties remains strong” Her responsibilities include monitoring accounting operations, timely reporting and protection of the fiduciary aspects of all client community associations. Schuler’s extensive background in public accounting as a CPA and experience on the corporate side led Mike Baum, PCAM, to bring her to the firm “Abby combines two key attributes we need - the strength of her considerable financial background and her dedication to her communi-

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ty,” offered Baum “She has been a solid asset to the community for years and we now bring her professional expertise to our community associations here in the Western suburbs. “

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Kingsbury Plaza Goes Smoke Free The Habitat Company has announced that Kingsbury Plaza, located at 520 N. Kingsbury in Chicago, is converting to a smoke-free environment. The smoke-free conversion of the 46-story high-rise luxury apartment development with 420 units began on January 1, 2011. Encouraged by resident feedback, the management at The Habitat Company is transitioning Kingsbury Plaza smokefree by the end of this year, giving existing residents time to get acclimated with the new program. All new and renewing residents will sign a smoke free addendum during the conversion. Habitat kicked off the smoke-free initiative with a party for residents on the Great American Smoke Out Nov. 18 with candy cigarettes, fare from Smoque BBQ in Chicago as well as educational literature about the benefits of smoke-free environments. In the spirit of a cleaner, healthy environment for residents, management decided to convert the four year old property. To date, resident response has been overwhelmingly positive, with one resident commenting he plans to use this as

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The Habitat Company is proud to announce

that it has been selected as the new management company for The Bristol, a 178-unit condominium located at 57 East Delaware Place in Chicago. The partnership became effective January 1, 2011. Synonymous with elegance and quality, The Bristol was built in 2000. The building offers multiple layouts, each having one to three or more bedrooms. The average floor plan is 1,105 square feet of living space. Located in the prestigious Gold Coast neighborhood, The Bristol offers views of Lake Michigan and access to downtown living, including shopping, restaurants and museums on Michigan Avenue. “During the last year the Habitat leadership team has made a concentrated effort to expand our condominium management business,” said Mark Segal, president and CEO of The Habitat Company. “With management of The Bristol, along with other premier condominium associations, including Skybridge, Lake Point Tower and 400 E. Randolph, we are making considerable progress in this business expansion effort.” The company is one of the Midwest’s largest privately owned property management firms and Habitat’s condominium management portfolio includes more than 4,000 condominium units managed in Chicago and Detroit. “It is The Habitat Company’s distinct pleasure to partner with The Bristol Condominium Association and continue to build upon the property’s prestigious reputation,” said Diane White, senior vice president of Condominium Management for The Habitat Company. “With decades of experience, the Habitat team’s priorities are to provide open communication and develop collaborative relationships with the board association, and offer premium condominium management services to fit the way residents live. We look forward to continuing The Bristol’s reputation of excellence.”

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motivation to quit smoking. In the spirit of supporting this effort, the team members at Kingsbury have educational information from the American Lung Association and American Cancer Association available for residents and prospects. “Our residents asked for this,” said Gary Lundemo, vice president of Property Management. “As a result of our annual resident survey, they made it very clear that they would like to live in a smoke-free environment. The majority of our residents are non-smokers; however, we will work with all other residents on a case by case basis to ensure a smooth transition.” About The Habitat Company Founded in 1971, The Habitat Company is a full-service real estate company, committed to the highest standards in management, service and development. Habitat has proudly earned its reputation for excellence in serving diverse communities and people. An organization of more than 1,000 employees operating in metropolitan areas throughout the country dedicated to improving the communities they serve.

The Bristol Condominiums, Chicago, IL

“The Bristol Association is very excited to have Habitat as the new Managing Agent of our building,” said Chuck Thomson, board president for The Bristol. “Habitat has a demonstrated history of exceptional service to its customers, and is a leader in providing state-of-the-art communication, technology, and financial systems. In partnering with Habitat, the Bristol will make a great building even greater.”

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2011 MCD Media Advisory Board Baum Property Services, Ltd. Michael D. Baum Brouwer Bros. Steamatic Rick Brouwer Chicagoland Management & Realty Tony Briskovic, Brian Kelly Community Specialists Rosemarie Wert Environ International Corp. Delph Gustitius, Frank Gonzales Habitat Company Diane White, Marla Jackson Heil, Heil, Smart & Golee Bonnie Davis, Fred Rodriguez Hillcrest Management Joel Garson Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit Jordan Shifrin, Ryan Shpritz Legum & Norman Mid-West William C. Earle III Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC. Howard Dakoff Omnibus Services, Inc. Barry Katz Orum & Roth Mark D. Roth Tairre Management Tairre Dever-Sutton Property Specialists, Inc. Tracy Hill, Cathy Ryan Wolin-Levin, Inc. Elena Lugo, Tom Skweres

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Structural Engineers Express Concern with New LEED Draft In public comments submitted to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Sustainability Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) expressed serious concern with changes related to the use of structural materials in the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2012 rating system draft. “We in the structural engineering community were taken aback to see structural materials eliminated from the draft LEED credits for Regional Materials, Recycled Content Materials, and BioBased Materials,” said Mark Webster of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., chair of the committee’s working group on the new LEED draft. “Structural materials carry significant environmental impacts and LEED needs to provide incentives to reduce those impacts.” As design professionals continue to realize the impact that structural engineers can have on sustainable design—as well as the impact that sustain-

ability codes and standards such as LEED can have on engineering practice—the group noted that such changes in the LEED rating system may ultimately affect the practice of structural engineering by reducing the engineer’s incentive to work toward integrated, sustainable design solutions. Full Summary Available A full summary of the consensus comments from the ASCE SEI Sustainability Committee can be found on their Web site, at: http://www.seisustainability.org/committee-news/important-news. Information on SEI’s Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer publication can also be found at: http://www.seisustainability.org/resources/publications#TOC-Sustainability-Guidelines-for-the-S. The latest draft of LEED is available for free download from USGBC at: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPag eID=2360. Interested parties had the opportunity to submit comments on the proposed rating sys-

FirstService Residential Management & Wolin-Levin FirstService Residential Management (FSR), North America’s largest residential property management organization recently announced that it has named Jennifer Feldman CEO of Wolin-Levin, its Chicago division. The company also announced the promotion of Tom Skweres to President of Wolin-Levin. Jennifer Feldman previously served as Director of National Training and Education at FSR. In her time with the company, she led various initiatives that positively impacted the organization. These included the development and launch of the FSR School of Professional

Development, the company’s proprietary educational curriculum, and the creation of standardized operational programs to ensure consistent, customer-centric service delivery throughout the organization. Tom Skweres, who previously served as Vice President, Operations of Wolin-Levin has been promoted to President.


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tem changes at the USGBC’s website until January 14, 2011. ASCE Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 140,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org. The Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers was founded in 1996 and currently has more than 20,000 members. The institute’s mission is to advance and serve the structural engineering profession. The mission of the Structural Engineering Institute’s Committee on Sustainability is to advance the understanding of sustainability in the structural community and to incorporate concepts of sustainability into structural engineering standards and practices. Consisting of 41 members, the committee has six active working groups through which it continues to advance its directive.

Green Homes Will Grow As They Are More Affordable

Green-built homes will take an increasingly large percentage of the market in direct proportion to their price - because home buyers' prime motivation today is cost effectiveness, according to representatives from four suppliers and product manufacturers who spoke on January 13, 2011 at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla. "The key is value for every stakeholder in the process," from the manufacturer to the builder and the home buyer, said Richard Davenport, director of sustainable construction for BASF. The good news, said Kohler's Rob Zimmerman, is that product manufacturers have been able to focus on the creation of new technology during the current building downturn "that will make green building more affordable." The speakers represented the sponsors of NAHB's fourth annual Green Day, held each year to commemorate growth in green, energy-efficient and sustainable home building and remodeling practices. They gave their remarks at the opening press conference. The very rural location of Marvin Windows and Doors' Minnesota manufacturing facility has forced the company to be more resourceful, said Christine Marvin, the fourth generation of her family to work in the business. "Our commitment is to use our resources wisely," and that applies to its products as well. Speaking on behalf of the Council for Responsible Energy was Carter Oosterhouse, star of several home-improvement cable television shows, who told reporters that he started out as a carpenter in his home state of Michigan. Now, with the platform that comes from reaching millions of viewers, Oosterhouse can also deliver the message that homeowner education and awareness is key to meeting energy efficiency goals. spring 2011

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Chicago Green Office Challenge the First Year of the green office challenge led to savings of more than 70 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 54,000 metric tons of Carbon dioxide – equal to removing more than 10,000 cars off city streets.


he Chicago, ilinois department of environment, in collaboration with iClei-local governments for sustainability usA, is pleased to announce round 2 of the highly-successful Chicago green office Challenge, an initiative to reduce energy consumption by businesses and greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings in the central business district. “We couldn’t be more pleased to be joining the City of Chicago and mayor daley for the second round of one of the most innovative and successful programs to reduce energy and curb greenhouse gas emissions among businesses and commercial buildings,” said mayor patrick hays, City of north little rock, Ar, Corporate president and Chair of iClei usA Board of directors. “the success of the Chicago green office Challenge has served as a catalyst for other cities to develop similar programs that engage the business community

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in a friendly competition to reduce energy and help the environment at the same time - that’s a winning approach.” in the inaugural round of the green office Challenge, more than 100 tenants and 39 property managers successfully reduced their companies’ waste, decreased their water and energy use, and engaged their colleagues in the Challenge. Collectively, participants reduced more than 72 million kilowatt-hours of electricity – equivalent to the electricity used by 6,500 homes in one year. this resulted in the mitigation of more than 54,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – equal to removing more than 10,000 cars off Chicago streets. in addition to an energy reduction, participants also diverted 1,200 tons of waste from the landfill, and reduced water usage by 5 percent. “the City of Chicago and mayor daley are setting a new gold standard for reducing green-

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green Business Challenge participants for their outstanding achievements in an awards ceremony late last year. Four property managers received the highest achievement, leadership in property manager excellence, for the reductions they made in energy and water use, waste reduction, and tenant engagement. seventeen tenants, who varied in company size and industry, were awarded leadership in tenant excellence, the highest tenant achievement. the goals of the green Business Challenge are closely aligned with the Chicago Climate Action plan, one of the nation’s most ambitious plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. A key element is to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent in 40 percent of its residential units and 50 percent of commercial and industrial facilities. Buildings account for about 70 percent of Chicago’s greenhouse gas emissions – nearly 40 percent from commercial buildings – making the building sector a prime target for reduction strategies. A new round brings new sponsors and partners to the program. office depot was the underwriting sponsor for round 1 of the program and will continue to be in round 2. siemens energy will bring their knowledge and expertise in the energy efficiency field, and 3 degrees will educate participants in the field of Carbon offsets and renewable energy Credits. Chicago’s delta institute will also join as a program partner.

About the City of Chicago and the Green Business Challenge since the initial launch of the Chicago green office Challenge in 2009, iClei has expanded the program beyond Chicago to help four additional communities build on the impressive initiatives they already have in place to grow a green economy and promote sustainability. Arlington County, vA, Charleston, sC, houston, tX and the port of san diego, CA have each launched their own programs modeled after the Chicago green office Challenge. For more information visit: http://www.chicagogreenofficechallenge.org


green strategies in five categories: outreach, house gas emissions and curbing energy use from energy, waste, transportation, and property mancommercial buildings and businesses, which ager engagement. A new web-based tool was creaccount for a considerable portion of the city’s ated for tenants and property managers to input overall harmful emissions,” said martin Chávez, and track data for round 2. property managers will executive director, iClei usA and former threecontinue to utilize energY stAr’s portfolio manterm mayor of Albuquerque, nm. “We applaud ager and the online data management tool to their achievements and encourage more Chicago demonstrate achievement in four key sectors: businesses to join the Challenge and gain a comreduction of energy use, water use, and waste, as petitive advantage in green building innovations, well as tenant engagement. while vastly cutting costs.” iClei usA executive director martin Chávez in round 2, office tenants will continue to be evaluated through a green office scorecard, 50 4.875" joined mayor richard m. daley in recognizing

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Congratulations to the following property management companies for successfully completing round 1 of the Chicago green office Challenge. on July 1, 2010 mayor richard m. daley and Chicago department of environment recognized these companies for their outstanding achievements. Leadership in Property Management Excellence Award Below are the property management companies in Chicago that (achieved at least three stretch goals) were recognized for their efforts. PepsiCo Chicago Plaza: 555 W. monroe st., managed by CB richard ellis

Tishman Speyer: » 161 north Clark street » FranklinCenter--222 West Adams street » 30 north lasalle street

Lincoln Property Company: » 120 north lasalle street MB Real Estate: » 181 West madison street » 200 West monroe street Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc: » 222 merchandise mart » 350 West mart Center

U.S. Equities Realty: » 20 north michigan Avenue » Willistower--233 south Wacker drive » olympia Centre--737 north michigan Avenue

Aon Center: 200 e. randolph st., managed by Jones lang lasalle Richard J. Daley Center: 50 W. Washington st., managed by mB real estate 222 North LaSalle Street: managed by tishman speyer

Property Management Excellence Award Below are the property management companies in Chicago that (achieved at least two stretch goals) were recognized for their efforts. CB Richard Ellis: » 303 West madison street General Services Administration: » ralph h. metcalf Building - 77 W. Jackson Blvd. Hines: » 101 north Wacker drive » 333 West Wacker drive » one south dearborn street » three First national plaza - 70 West madison st. The John Buck Company: » 111 south Wacker drive Jones Lang LaSalle: » 225 West Wacker drive » 55 West monroe street » hyatt Center--71 south Wacker drive » one east Wacker drive Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc.: » leo Burnett Building--35 West Wacker drive Prime Group Realty Trust: » 330 north Wabash Avenue

Property Management Achievement Award Below are the property management companies in Chicago that (achieved at least one stretch goal) were recognized for their efforts. Behringer Harvard: » 10 & 120 southriversideplaza CB Richard Ellis: » 100 north riverside plaza » 311 south Wacker drive Hines: » 321 north Clark street Jones Lang LaSalle: » one south Wacker drive » 150 north michigan Avenue » 211 east Chicago Avenue » usg Building--550 West Adams street » 550 West Washington street » 633 north st. Clair street

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