Green skyscraper, hotel coming to Chicago

The Sears Tower in Chicago, the country's largest skyscraper, will see a new hotel next door and changes in the coming years to make it more energy efficient.


The Sears Tower in Chicago, the largest skyscraper in the country, will undergo an expansion and a makeover to make it more environmentally friendly in the coming years.

The $350 million renovations will include wind turbines, solar panels, and a green roof featuring grass, shrubs and potentially even trees at 110-stories high. A primary goal of the project is U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification , according to the Associated Press . It is expected the changes will take five years before completion.

Previously, building owners had attempted to cut energy costs by painting the building silver instead of black .

Next to the Sears Tower, the building owners plan on constructing a hotel that will also be beneficial to the environment. According to the Chicago Tribune , building owners claimed that the hotel will result in a net zero energy from the power grid and is also planning on being LEED certified.

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