Reuse and Recycle
Over 40% of the building materials used to
renovate Chicago Green Tech are made from recycled
materials. Reusing products or using recycled materials
means that they continue to be a valuable, useful and
productive item. Using recycled/reused materials reduces the
need to create new products that would use more water, energy,
timber, petroleum and other limited natural resources to
manufacture. Check out all of the reused and recycled
materials used at Chicago Green Tech.
The building itself is the largest re-used item on the
site. Renovating existing buildings takes advantage of the
infrastructure already in place - plumbing, wiring,
roads, sewers, as well as the actual structure. Using these
and other existing items not only benefits the environment but
also can reduce project costs. Additionally, tearing down
existing buildings creates unnecessary waste, much of which is
disposed of in landfills.
By re-using the existing building and taking great care to
seek out recycled products, renovating Chicago Green Tech had
a little impact on the environment as possible.
For more information about urban land recycling visit The
Chicago Brownfields Initiative and The Natural Environment web