The IL Centre was designed using environmentally-friendly materials. For instance, the use of carpet was minimized in the design, since carpets give of a large proportion of VOCs in a building; vinyl floor covering was chosen that used the least toxic glue available. The centre hosts a "curtain wall" made of eleven kinds of glass with different coatings and transmittance/reflectance properties, it has a high-performance building envelope, and it uses high fly-ash and slag concrete to reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere from those materials (were they simply left in landfills).
The building's construction is open to view, and in several places, cut-outs have been made in the building's ceiling & walls.
A column foundation and a strip footing are displayed in the ILC by cut-outs in the floor.
The ILC's three-story shear wall is an eye-catching feature. It rises through three stories of the building and provides lateral support...
The tree steel tree demonstrates some of the most common structural steel components and elements used in buildings.
The IL Centre is equipped with sensors inside a wall to demonstrate how insulation works, and how buildings leak and retain heat
Several sections of concrete around the IL Centre have have been drilled out, to reveal the internal reinforcements contained within the structure.
A non-structural column in the Tea Room is jacked up and down to teach about force, stress, strain, and beam bending.