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Cushman & Wakefield announced that Piedmont Center North Buildings 1-4 and Building 15 have earned LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The 344,546-square-foot Building 15 has received LEED Silver certification and Buildings 1-4, which total 530,772-square feet, have been LEED Certified.

Located in the Buckhead submarket of Atlanta at 3575 Piedmont Road NE, the buildings were awarded LEED certification under the USGBC’s Existing Buildings: Operation and Maintenance standard. Property manager Cushman & Wakefield and engineering consultant Servidyne worked to achieve LEED certification on behalf of the owner, a leading insurance company.

“The LEED achievement for Piedmont Center North exemplifies the owner’s commitment to sustainable building operations and to controlling operating expenses. The tenants will realize occupancy savings but see no increased costs from the $250,000 in improvements implemented in the buildings,” said Bob Martin, Senior Property Manager at Cushman & Wakefield. “We’re pleased that the management team, assisted by Servidyne, completed the certification process in only 14 months.”

The LEED project teams implemented a variety of sustainability practices involving energy and water efficiency, waste reduction, green cleaning and pest management. The water efficiency efforts at the buildings will reduce water consumption in the buildings by 1.4 million gallons per year.

Energy and sustainability improvements that contributed to the LEED certifications include:
Buildings 1-4

  • Installation of water-efficient .5 gallon and 1.25 gallon bathroom fixtures at a cost of $105,000, which will achieve ROI in less than three years without passing any costs on to tenants.
  • Modification of outside air system to meet new codes and balancing of the building’s exhaust system.
  • Installation of non-sewer water meter for irrigation, eliminating the sewage system costs while reducing the water irrigation costs by two-thirds.
  • Installation of low-flow water restrictors on all faucets in the building.
  • Implementation of eco-friendly landscaping and integrated pest management program.

Building 15

  • Installation of non-sewer water meter for irrigation, eliminating sewage system expenses while reducing water irrigation costs by two-thirds.
  • Installation of low-flow water restrictors on all faucets in the building.
  • Retrofitting lobby and elevator cabs’ lighting with LED fixtures.
  • Relocation of smoking area to more suitable location for smoking and non-smoking tenants.
  • Implementation of eco-friendly landscaping and integrated pest management program.

The USGBC’s LEED certification program is the established industry benchmark recognizing the most energy-efficient and high-performing green buildings.

Cushman & Wakefield is the world’s largest privately‐held commercial real estate services firm. The company advises and represents clients on all aspects of property occupancy and investment, and has established a preeminent position in the world’s major markets, as evidenced by its frequent involvement in many of the most significant property leases, sales and management assignments. Founded in 1917, it has approximately 250 offices in 60 countries, employing more than 16,000 professionals. It offers a complete range of services for all property types, including leasing, sales and acquisitions, equity, debt and structured finance, corporate finance and investment banking, corporate services, property management, facilities management, project management, consulting and appraisal. The firm has nearly $4 billion in assets under management globally. A recognized leader in local and global real estate research, the firm publishes its market information and studies online at www.cushmanwakefield.com/knowledge.

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