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1/11/2019 2:18:00 PM
Gov's mansion earns green award

SPRINGFIELD — First Lady Diana Rauner has announced  that the Illinois Governor’s Mansion received a LEED Silver designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. The designation, which follows a full $15 million privately-funded renovation, addresses multiple categories related to sustainability, including energy efficiency, green cleaning, and air quality.

“Achieving LEED Silver certification is an accomplishment of which the entire state can be proud,” said Mrs. Rauner, who spearheaded the renovations when she served as chairwoman of the nonprofit, privately funded Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association. “Our mission to fully renovate the ‘People’s House’ has come to fruition, focusing on history and art while preserving the Mansion for future generations. We accomplished that while utilizing the existing structure and materials, taking advantage of its existing urban site, and selecting sustainable and energy efficient products available from all over Illinois.”

Some of the energy efficient steps included replacing all plumbing fixtures with water saving fixtures; converting light fixtures to LED lamping and replacing or rebuilding existing air handling units to achieve lower energy use while providing better comfort.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. According to the Green Building Council, “LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.”

“Achieving LEED Silver certification for the Illinois Governor’s Mansion, a 163-year-old National Register property, completed a successful renovation and delivered an energy efficient landmark building to the citizens of Illinois,” said mansion lead architect and president of Vinci Hamp Architects, Philip Hamp.

Built in 1855, the Illinois Governor’s Mansion is one of the oldest and most historic governor’s mansions in the United States. The Mansion serves as the official residence of the Governor of Illinois and as a symbol of the executive branch of state government.

The Governor’s Mansion is open 1-4 pm daily. For more information about tour and security policies, visit

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