“One of the greenest commercial buildings in the world” uses 84 percent less water and 53.3 percent less energy
photo credit © 2009 Jonathan Hillyer / Atlanta
Southface, a non-profit committed to promoting sustainable homes, workplaces and communities, is dedicating of its Eco Office, a commercial office, demonstration and training facility for the worldwide architectural, engineering, construction and development communities. At the event, which will be held later this morning, Southface will announce that the building has achieved LEED Platinum certification from the USGBC.
What’s remarkable about this project?
· At just over 10,000 square feet, the same size range as about 74 percent of commercial buildings in the
· 4,800 kWh of electricity have been produced from solar energy in the last 12 months by the Eco Office photovoltaic array, which represents approximately 7 percent of the building’s energy needs. Anticipated annual energy generated once the system is fully commissioned is 5,500 kWh.
· The Eco Office is fully instrumented to record both its energy and water performance in real-time, 24/7 (see https://www.buildingdashboard.com/clients/southface).
· The Eco Office is projected to use, on average, 84 percent less potable water and 53.3 percent less energy than a comparable code-built building.
· The Eco Office showcases many different but complementary approaches to solving a commercial building’s functional and operational challenges. It’s a virtual Noah’s
Additional downloadable press materials and photos can be accessed in the Eco Office pressroom at
For further information on this and other Lord, Aeck & Sargen projects contact:
Annie Kohut | Kohut Communications Consulting
RBc: from the full press release, "Our design and construction teams have exceeded our goals for the Eco Office, making it one of the greenest commercial buildings in the world,” ...a challenge to the next construction project - we like it!