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Chicago's Greenhouse Loft, Platinum LEED Certified Event Space, Opens (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 11/05/11 02:31 PM ET   Updated: 11/05/11 02:38 PM ET

One of Chicago's most sustainable event spaces, Greenhouse Loft, opened Friday, hosting its first wedding.

Located at 2545 W. Diversey, the event space is Platinum LEED certified, the highest ranking possible for sustainability as evaluated by the U.S. Green Building Council, according to Greenhouse Loft's website.

The 3,500 square-foot vendor features indoor and outdoor space, with a low-energy heating and cooling system that reduces building energy use by 22 percent, augmented by floor-to-ceiling windows. The floors feature reclaimed wood, and irrigation and water features in the outdoor space are supported by a 41,329 gallon rain cistern.

The building's five floors are riddled with sensors, monitor and optimizing everything from air quality to escalator speeds. State-of-the-art recycling systems sort on site, part of the facility's goal to operate with close to zero waste.

Check out renderings of the new space:

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