River North’s Parc Huron Earns Top Honors For Energy Efficiency

Parc Huron

Parc Huron

The luxury rental highrise Parc Huron this week earned a top honor for its energy efficiency. The River North structure at 469 W. Huron Street received the Energy Star certification from the EPA.

Previously, Parc Huron had already earned its stripes for environmental design. It was the first rental highrise in the state to receive LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Parc Huron opened in 2010 and was designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. It has 221 units ranging from 614 square feet to 1,443 square feet.

The building features extensive use of natural light, low-e windows and LED lighting. It’s a winning combination for energy efficiency.

The development shows how environmental design and creature comforts can work hand-in-hand. Apartments have hardwood floors, granite kitchen counters, stainless steel backsplashes and stainless steel G.E. Energy Star appliances.

“I think people are often surprised that a building this green can be this luxurious, too,” said Anthony Rossi, Sr., president of RMK Management.

Author: Bill Motchan

Bill Motchan is a writer and photographer, and a former resident of the West Loop. He can be reached at bill@ChicagoArchitecture.org.

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