Atlanta: A Leader in the Green Building Initiative
Back in 2013, Internap, a data center in Atlanta, received Green Globe certification. Green Globes is run by the Green Building Initiative, and they promote the growth of energy-saving practices in the building industry. Green Globes rates buildings based on their ability to follow certain practices like, saving energy, saving water, and using recycled materials & resources. To learn more about these credit categories, check out, Why Do You Want Green Globe Certification?
As you know, one computer can suck a lot of energy. Now multiply that by hundreds of computers! A data center is literally a hub for massive amounts of energy consumption. However, with some major changes, they too can begin applying energy-saving practices.
Suggested Blog: Atlanta Ranks 5th in Energy Star Building Certifications.
…So How Did Internap Do it?
Site: Location of Construction
- Their design enhanced the building’s functions and considered surrounding soils, trees, and other vegetation. They also scored high because their site was near public transportation, bicycle racks, and electric vehicle recharging stations.
- They increased their building’s energy efficiency by using high quality Energy-Star approved lighting fixtures, HVAC equipment, and hot water systems. Learn How You Can Save With Georgia’s Commercial Efficiency Rebate Program
- 100% of building materials used during construction were reused, recycled, and locally outsourced.
Indoor Air Quality
- Internap used low carbon-emitting materials and they added a CO2 monitor to measure their carbon emissions.
What Is Atlanta Up to Now, in 2017?
S.L. Collins Enterprises, a commercial real estate development firm, received a Green Globes rating for their Whole Foods anchored plaza. The building project will be called Peachtree Crossing and is located in Chamblee, GA. This 45,000-square foot Whole Foods Market sits as a focal point to the 107,000-square foot shopping center, and is set to open in summer 2017. Located at 5001 Peachtree Blvd, the shopping center will feature retailers like Chipotle, Zoës Kitchen, YEAH! Burger, Taqueria del Sol, Octane Coffee, and much more.
…So How Did S.J. Collins Achieve This Green Globe Rating?
- Lowered water consumption
- Plants that survive on little water
- Planted trees local to the southern region
Installed Insulated Green Walls
- Keeps the exterior walls at the right temperature
- Close to the Marta station
- Close to electric car recharging stations
- Close to new and upcoming housing developments
Are you or anyone you know in the construction industry?
Share some of your energy-saving practices in the comment section below!