EnV gets LEED certification

EnV, 161 W Kinzie St, ChicagoThe 249-unit EnV apartment tower at 161 W Kinzie St in River North is now LEED certified.

“EnV achieved LEED certification for use of recycled and low VOC materials during construction, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, high efficiency lighting, comprehensive recycling programs, a no-smoking policy, proximity to public transportation, and the incorporation of green landscaping and several green roof spaces, in addition to a variety of other sustainable strategies,” according to a media release.

Trib architecture critic Blair Kamin says the basic LEED certification is “a pretty modest achievement…But it is nevertheless welcome, and in pointed contrast to Frank Gehry’s 8 Spruce Street apartment tower in New York, which is not seeking LEED certification.”

Apartments.com says EnV’s studios, which have 470 to 632 square feet, run from $1,724 to $1,993 a month. One-bedroom / one-baths with 771 to 1,008 square feet are $2,058 to $3,308, and two-bedroom / two-baths with 1,145 to 1,207 square feet are $3,058 to $3,903.

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