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ASHRAE’s HQ in Georgia earns LEED-Platinum
The headquarters of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in Atlanta, Georgia has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) - Platinum certification in the New Construction (NC) 2.2 rating system.
ASHRAE attempted to earn 55 LEED points out of a potential total of 69 points under LEED NC 2.2 and ultimately earned 54 LEED points - 37 for design and 17 for construction- and a Platinum rating based upon the sustainable building features and actions that were taken during the renovation process.
ASHRAE’s office building underwent a major renovation in 2008. It is one of the six buildings in Georgia to receive a Platinum rating, the highest certification offered by the program.
ASHRAE president Gordon Holness said that the main objective behind the renovation was to provide a healthy, comfortable and productive environment for the staff. The society also wanted to set an example of renovating existing buildings by upgrading, retrofitting and integrating eco-friendly features.
During the renovation process, ASHRAE took into consideration a number of concerns such as energy use, heat island reduction, water efficient landscaping, material reuse and water use reduction.
In order to address these issues, ASHRAE installed a cool, white reflective roof membrane to minimize heat island effects; updated the landscaping and eliminated the need for landscaping irrigation, retained more than 75% of the existing building structure as part of this renovation and reduced overall annual water consumption per year by almost 50% by installing low-flow fixtures throughout building.
ASHRAE has increased the amount of vegetated open space by 45.2% above local code requirement. They have reduced the amount of site runoff by 31% and reduced the runoff rate by 30% through increased vegetated open space, green roofs, and a stormwater detention system. In addition, a bio-retention system treats 90% of the annual rainfall volume to remove 80% of the total suspended solids.
The renovation has helped in minimizing light trespass from the building and site. It has also helped in reducing sky-glow to increase night sky access and offered improved night-time visibility through glare reduction.
ASHRAE has helped to increase the market for recycled content materials by using products and materials made from recycled content that make up more than 22% of the total value of the materials for the project.
ASHRAE has a century old record of advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) and related human factors, to serve the needs of its members and the population at large.
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