The building is being designed to meet Passive House Standards and achieve Passive House certification through the Passive House Institute of the United States (PHIUS). It will be the largest multi-family building in Chicago to meet this standard.
The design team utilized the biophilic design strategy of simulating natural forms, through the light fixtures specified and through patterned glass.
The incorporation of a low maintenance moss wall in the building lobby is both a way of bringing nature inside but also a nod to the namesake conservatory a block away.
The tight well insulated building envelope consists of walls with an R value of 47 and the roof will be R60 and the foundation and slab on grade will be R20.
The project will comply with the ComEd energy efficient guidelines and will thus have Energy Star appliances and LED lighting.
The building is designed to accommodate a 14 kW photovoltaic system
Through the specification of water saving plumbing fixtures, indoor water use will be reduced by 25%.
The site meets the transit served zoning definition of being within 1,320 feet of the Conservatory stop on the green line.