Illinois Real Estate Journal April 2015 : Page 1

VOL.16 NO.14 ©2015 LAW BULLETIN PUBLISHING CO. APRIL 2015 Changing the standards of how buildings are built By Bianca N. Herron, Editor THE GREEN IMPACT: Economic Development Companies, Financial Institutions, Green Sustainable/Products & Services DIRECTORIES (pg.17): T What’s in store for open offices in 2015 By Bianca N. Herron, Editor he number of coworking/shared office spaces is on the rise as businesses of all sizes move away from the traditional office model. All of this has coincided with a shift in when, where and how people work. One of the more es-tablished office pro-viders in Chicago is Amata Office Solu-tions, which opened its first center more than a decade ago. “We opened in 2002 in Chicago, said Ron Bockstahler, CEO of Ron Bockstahler Amata Office Solu-OFFICE FEATURE (continued on page 6) O IDI Gazeley Antioch Building Rendering ne of the biggest factors in the green/sustainable industry today is government regulations to make everything more energy efficient, according to Steve Golumbeck, senior project managing director at Peak Construction. beck added. “So the things that have changed over the last couple of years, and will continue to change, are the stan-dards by which things are built as they are becoming more and more energy efficient.” During the downturn, according to Golumbeck, the State of Illinois signed a couple of agreements into law in order to get federal money. These agreements mean Illinois always GREEN FEATURE (continued on page 5) “That’s kind of the only stick that the government has,” Golumbeck said. “The politicians never really want to pass anything because it ticks off big business. The only law that they can implement is more energy efficient everything—like cars as far as miles per gallon for example.” “Those are the things that the government has the power to control without having to get new laws into place,” Golum-PRSRT STD U.S. Postage TWIN CITIES, MN PERMIT NO. 31515 PAID

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