3455 Peachtree Road NE,
Atlanta, GA 30326
The Pinnacle, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a building consisting of mixed office space. It was originally constructed in 1998. In February 2017, the 467739 square foot building was certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council utilizing Transwestern’s LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance™ v2009 Volume Program.
Challenges and Solutions
The Pinnacle’s site includes vegetation that allows for site infiltration of rainwater, limiting pollution from stormwater runoff and eliminating contaminants. It also reduces the demand on municipal stormwater systems for collection and treatment of runoff. Through a stormwater management calculator, it was determined that over 17 percent of a design storm rainfall is mitigated on site.
The site team implemented a stormwater inspection checklist to review areas on site for maintenance needs including vegetated areas, aggregate repair and replacement, condition of inlets and outlets, nutrient and pesticide use, areas of erosion, soil aeration, and steep slope identification for future monitoring.
The Pinnacle is implementing an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management Plan based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Indoor Air Quality Building Education and Assessment Model (I-BEAM). The IAQ Management Plan aims to manage major sources of indoor pollution in buildings such as remodeling and renovations, painting, pest control activities, shipping and receiving, moisture and mold. Additionally, the plan establishes procedures for receiving and responding to building occupant feedback regarding IAQ.
A challenge faced during the recertification project was garnering participation from all office tenants. Building ownership and the on-site management team implemented a tenant engagement program to account for occupant preferences. This program is likely to increase employee satisfaction with their working environment and encourage them to take interest in the building’s long-term sustainability goals.
- Achieved an ENERGY STAR® performance rating of 83.
- $8,254 savings annually by reducing run times of the outdoor air handling unit and air handling unit 17
- Met prerequisite indoor water use by replacing some of the existing toilets with water-saving 1.6 gallon per flush (GPF) toilets, 1 GPF urinals, installing 2.2 gallon per minute (GPM) kitchen sink aerators, and 0.5 GPM restroom sink aerators.
- Distributed a transportation survey to identify current modes of transportation utilized by building occupants, including conventional and alternative methods.
- Achieved exemplary performance in Materials and Resources Credit 8: Solid Waste Management – Durable Goods. The building recycled 100 percent of electronics diverted during the performance period.
- Building lamps purchased during the performance period had an average picogram/lumen hr of 67.35. Lamps have low mercury content and high life hours per the amount of light they produce.
- Over 32 percent of cleaning and paper products purchased meet sustainable criteria.
- Employs a sustainable purchasing policy that encourages purchasing of environmentally-preferable ongoing consumables, electronics, furniture, lamps, and construction materials.
- Implemented a high-performance green cleaning program that incorporates janitorial training in the hazards, use, maintenance, disposal and recycling of cleaning chemicals, dispensing equipment and packaging.
By guiding the on-site property management team through the recertification of The Pinnacle, our team assisted the building in achieving third-party certified high-performance operations. The adoption and implementation of sustainable best practices, earned The Pinnacle LEED Certified certification under Transwestern’s LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M™ Volume Program. These sustainable practices reduce the environmental impacts of The Pinnacle as they relate to energy, water, carbon emissions, pollutants and indoor environmental quality. In addition to reducing operating costs for its clients, Transwestern strives to create a healthier, more comfortable environment that increases productivity and reduces absenteeism.