Retrofitted Palisades Office Park Certified LEED Gold
Shorenstein Properties Receives the Gold
Shorenstein Properties' new Palisades Office Park received Gold-level LEED certification in Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (EBOM).
The office park, a complex set in Atlanta, Georgia's Central Perimeter office market, features almost 640,000 square feet of office space in four buildings within a 23-acre park like setting that includes a four-acre lake. The buildings carry an ENERGY STAR rating of 84.
The Palisades Office park brings the number of Shorenstein properties that have achieved LEED certification at the Silver level or higher to 23. Nineteen properties currently owned by the company are LEED certified, fifteen at the Gold level.
The company is in the formal process of pursuing LEED certification for four additional properties.
LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance addresses energy efficiency, whole-building cleaning and maintenance issues (including chemical use), recycling programs, exterior maintenance programs, and systems upgrades.
The system helps building owners and operators measure operations, improvements and maintenance on a consistent scale, with the goal of maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts.
Some of the highlights of the sustainability program at Palisades Office Park include:
- Parking deck retrofit using 32-watt spring lamps instead of 175-watt HID, and the addition of photo cells to control outer row lights during day light hours.
- Water heater retrofit resulting in a 50% reduction in electricity use.
- Conversion of lobby lights and all outside lighting to LED.
- Use of lake water for irrigation.
- Electronic monitoring of all cooling tower water usage.
- Motion sensors in offices to control lighting.
- Low flow fixtures in restrooms.
- Landscaping program uses mulch mowers and plants and trees with low water needs.
- New waste management practices resulting in a 58% waste diversion rate.
- Program to recycle batteries, computers, and other electronic equipment for tenants and management.
Shorenstein is also a corporate partner in the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge, where it is committed to reducing energy intensity by 20 percent in properties it owns and manages by 2020. For the past several years, the company has also been a participant in the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps Initiative.