Bolingbrook IV Achieves LEED® Certification
Bolingbrook, IL (July 25, 2008) -- IDI is the first industrial real estate developer in the Chicago market to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for a speculative warehouse/distribution facility. The 102,936-square-foot Building IV at Bolingbrook Corporate Center recently received Silver-level certification.
The building, located southwest of downtown Chicago in Bolingbrook, Ill., is currently 86% leased to four tenants whose diverse businesses range from refrigerator supply to pharmaceutical products.
IDI’s Chicago Region is in various stages of development on several other green projects. In June, the company submitted two nearly completed speculative buildings to USGBC for LEED certification – 453,090-square-foot Bolingbrook Corporate Center West Building II and 339,741-square-foot Rock Run Business Park Building IX. Additionally, IDI plans to submit a 470,000-square-foot facility at Antioch Corporate Center for LEED certification later this summer.
LEED facilities offer a host of energy-efficient design elements that reduce operating costs and conserve valuable resources. Some of the sustainable features in IDI’s Bolingbrook and Rock Run buildings include:
- 20-25 percent reduction in utility usage due to energy efficient design and systems. At current electric rates, an annual savings of $.08 to $.10 per square foot can be achieved;
- Reduced water usage for irrigation – as much as 125,000 gallons per month at Bolingbrook Building IV and 500,000 gallons per month at Bolingbrook West Building II – due to a natural landscape design incorporating native plantings;
- Naturalized stormwater management systems that reduce runoff and help cleanse rainwater. Bolingbrook West features an 18-acre rain garden planted with deep-rooted prairie plants that reduces stormwater runoff into neighboring streams;
- Insulated skylights, clerestory windows and daylight sensors to help reduce the use of artificial, overhead lighting;
- White TPO roofing and R20 roof insulation, which reduce the heat island effect and lower warehouse temperatures by 10 to 15 degrees on hot summer days;
- Highly efficient make-up air units that improve indoor air quality.
“One way a company can demonstrate environmental responsibility to its investors and the community at large is by occupying energy-efficient and environmentally-sensitive space,” said Tom George, senior vice president and regional development officer in IDI’s Chicago office. “We are receiving more requests from companies seeking LEED certified space and we are being proactive about meeting that demand in the Chicagoland marketplace.”
To attain its goal of becoming the leading developer of sustainable industrial warehouse space within five years, IDI is incorporating sustainable design and construction features at all of its ongoing projects across North America. In 2008 alone, the company has received recognition from the USGBC for projects in Memphis and Chicago, and has embraced LEED-specified design for new projects in Tampa, Fla. and Savannah, Ga.
Atlanta-based IDI (www.idi.com) is a full-service industrial real estate company with eight regional development offices. With a single focus on industrial real estate, IDI provides unmatched development, leasing, investment and property management services. IDI’s state-of-the-art warehouse, distribution and light-manufacturing facilities enable clients to improve employee productivity, reduce operational costs and achieve global supply-chain efficiencies. To date, IDI has developed 115 million square feet of space across North America for a growing roster of international clients. Subsidiary IDI Services Group (www.idisg.com) provides comprehensive property management, leasing and construction management services.