Buckhead development aims for energy conservation

27 10 2008


RACHEL TOBIN RAMOS | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Streets of Buckhead is seeking silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the entire $1.5 billion, 500,000-square-foot project.

Ben Carter Properties is developing the five-block retail, restaurant and residential compound that is replacing Buckhead’s former party district.  LEED certification means the construction adheres to standards for energy and water conservation as well as sustainable building products. Ben Carter is seeking the third most stringent level of certification behind platinum and gold.

The company has hired Commissioning and Green Building Solutions Inc. (CxGBS) to oversee the certification.

The developer also has had to clean up soil and groundwater contamination on portions of the site, in compliance with Georgia’s Brownfields program as administered by the state’s Environmental Protection Division.

Carter has removed nearly 300,000-cubic yards of contaminated soil from the site.