ASHRAE said that its headquarters in Atlanta has been awarded a LEED Platinum Certification in the New Construction 2.2 rating system.
The Society’s office building, which underwent a renovation in 2008, is reportedly one of only six buildings in the state of Georgia to receive a LEED Platinum rating, the highest certification the program offers. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a program of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit which seeks to promote green building practices. LEED takes into account five key measurements when evaluating new construction: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
In order to qualify for the Platinum certification, ASHRAE installed a cool, white reflective roof membrane to minimize heat island effects; updated the landscaping and eliminating the need for landscaping irrigation; retained more than 75 percent of the existing building structure as part of this renovation; and reduced its estimated overall annual water consumption per year by almost 50 percent by utilizing low-flow fixtures throughout building. Additionally, the ASHRAE headquarters received bonus points for innovation and design.
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