Can a coat of paint improve energy efficiency?

Chicago's Sears Tower may be painted silver, in an effort to both rebrand the fabled building and increase energy efficiency.


Chicago’s Sears Tower may soon get a face lift. The owners of the tower are considering painting it silver instead of leaving it a classic black.

Painting it a lighter, reflective color may help with energy efficiency, helping the 36-year-old building obtain U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver status (no pun intended).

Chicago is bidding for the 2016 Olympic Games , and the city’s downtown area would be greatly affected by new and renovated buildings planned for use in these games and the related business.

Read the full Chicago Sun-Times article.

A local radio station is holding a contest to determine what color or theme the Sears Tower should be.

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