Hines Development in Atlanta the first high-rise office building in the world to receive Leed Silver Pre-Certification (US)

Hines has announced that 1180 Peachtree, its 41-story office tower under construction in Midtown Atlanta, is the first high-rise office building in the world to be pre-certified for Silver status in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Core and Shell Development program (LEED-CS), which is sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the nation’s leading evaluator for green building.

The 670,000-square-foot building, one of four Hines developments in the LEED-CS pilot program, was pre-certified based on its submission of documented plans to satisfy more than 30 green and high-performance requirements. Upon building completion and pending final documentation and review, 1180 Peachtree is poised to become the world’s first LEED Silver-certified, high-rise office building.

Hines Vice President Kurt Hartman said, “The achievement as the world’s only high-rise office project to receive this recognition represents our firm’s longstanding commitment as an industry leader in sustainable and high-performance development. Hines is pleased to offer Atlanta its greenest high-rise office building.”

The office tower will contain several green features, including a unique water-management system which will decrease storm water by covering half of the roof with absorbing vegetation.

1180 Peachtree, 41-story office tower

The remaining storm water, along with condensation collected from the building’s mechanical systems, will be channeled to an underground storage vault and used for irrigation, circumventing the need for city water.

1180 Peachtree was also rated on its use of building materials in four categories: its use of recycled material including: concrete, steel, glass, curtainwall, drywall and ceiling tile; its encouragement of alternative transportation; its minimization of transportation costs and impact by using local materials; and its attention and alternatives to the off-gassing of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) found in adhesives, sealants and carpets.

Designed by Pickard Chilton Architects, 1180 Peachtree will include a dramatic 119-foot lighted veil at the top of the building, an impressive 30-foot-high lobby, two restaurants and a 24-foot-wide walkway connecting to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s planned Symphony Hall. The development will be anchored by the law firm of King & Spalding LLP and is financed by National Office Partners (NOP), a partnership between Hines and California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).

The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED-CS is a USGBC-sponsored program for designers, builders, developers and new building owners who address sustainable design for new core and shell construction.

Source: Hines

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