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NORTHBROOK, IL-Caremark Towers recently earned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star, putting the 370,000-square-foot complex in the top 25% of energy efficient buildings throughout the country.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to preserving our environment and our natural resources, ” says Jean Lupinacci, chief of EPA’s Energy Star Commercial and Industrial branch. “ From office buildings to hotels, supermarkets to schools, the ENERGY STAR distinguishes those organizations who are taking environmental responsibility into their own hands.”

The two-building complex, located at 2211 and 2215 Sanders Rd. here, is owned by a joint venture comprised of Fulcrum Asset Advisors LLC and Angelo Gordon & Co. As GlobeSt.com reported, the JV purchased the buildings in May 2007, for <a href="/news/909_909/chicago/160762-1.html"$67 million. The property is managed by Colliers Bennett & Kahnweiler Inc.

Buildings that received the Energy Star designation utilize 35% less energy and release 35% less carbon dioxide when compared to other commercial properties.

For the Caremark Towers to receive the Energy Star, Colliers B&K oversaw a number of building modifications. The lighting fixtures were upgraded to T5, T8 or CFL fixtures. Automatic lighting controls were installed in all the common areas. All exterior tenant signage was converted to high-efficiency LED lighting. The four elevators were upgraded.

“Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs,” says Philip Stafford, principal with Colliers B&K’s.

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