Environmentally-friendly campus buildings support national Cox Conserves program
Cox Enterprises announced today that it has been awarded LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its 600,000 square foot facility. This facility is located at 6305 Peachtree Dunwoody Road. The facility is part of Cox Enterprises’ corporate campus in Sandy Springs, GA.
Also, the LEED rating system is developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities. A rating system thereby designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
Cox achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions. All aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development. More importantly water savings, energy efficiency. Furthermore materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Energy and Water Conservation:
As a result, a free-standing solar canopy produces 139 MWh of energy. It also provides shade for cars and prevents the release of 94 tons of carbon annually. This is only one of the many Cox’s alternative energy projects across the nation.
Irrigation systems use captured nuisance groundwater stored in a 15,000 gallon underground cistern. Thereby eliminating the need for potable irrigation water. Likewise, low-flow faucets and toilets and waterless urinals are featured throughout the building.
Furthermore, a high-efficiency HVAC system minimizes energy use during off-peak times.
Similarly, the buildings use energy-efficient, as well as occupancy sensors and lighting controls. All to adjust usage based on exterior lighting conditions.
Continuous shuttle service is provided to and from nearby MARTA stations.
The parking deck includes bicycle storage areas. As well as charging stations for electric vehicles and designated parking for carpools plus other fuel-efficient vehicles.
A waste reduction system repurposing food and paper products from the dining facility. Then it sends it into a soil amendment used for landscaping to improve plant growth and more importantly health.
Recycling stations are also located throughout the building.
Furthermore, more than 95 percent of construction waste gets recycled or diverted from landfill disposal.
To celebrate the LEED Gold certification, Cox is offering the soil amendment to Atlanta environmental nonprofits at no charge. Nonprofits interested in learning more should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Construction on the 6305 Peachtree Dunwoody location began in 2010 with occupancy completed in 2012. The facility houses technology operations and includes common areas that serve the overall corporate campus needs.
Finally, Cox Enterprises broke ground earlier this year on a new 578,000 square foot office building on its campus headquarters.
In conclusion and most importantly nationwide, Cox Conserves prevents more than 41,000 tons of carbon emissions from entering the environment. Furthermore they save 32 million gallons of water each year.