Published on June 29th, 2016 |


Buckhead has 14 top performers in Better Buildings Challenge 2016

The Grand Hyatt Buckhead hotel was honored for “Outstanding Achievement” with a “Water Innovation Award” and 13 other Buckhead entities were honored in various categories as the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge announced the top performers of 2016 at its annual recognition event Tuesday at the College Football Hall of Fame. Better Buildings

The Grand Hyatt Buckhead was one of six participants that received outstanding achievement awards for milestones and work related to the Challenge based on 2015 year-end data.

“Our Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge participants have truly stepped up and gone beyond the whole nine yards in gaining forward progress toward our goals in energy and water conservation,” said Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.

“Mayor Kasim Reed and I are proud of all the voluntary work done by our participants, especially our top performers,” Benefield stated. “Through cutting waste, we are not only able to save energy, water and money, but we’re able to make our hometown more resilient, sustainable and with a higher quality of life for all.”

Those recognized represent participating buildings whose efforts produced the highest levels of energy and water savings in 2015 along with those that have executed innovative projects.

In addition to Grand Hyatt Buckhead, the 13 Buckhead category “Top Performers” are:

Entertainment– Atlanta History Center Museum and The Swan House.

Office (Energy)–Resurgens Plaza, Terminus 100, The Pinnacle, and 3445 Peachtree.

Office (Water)–Atlanta Financial Center, One Alliance Center, Live Oak Square and The Pinnacle

Parking–Atlanta History Center Parking Deck

Residential/Hotel (Energy)–Gallery Condominium.

Schools (Water)–The Westminster Schools

The Atlanta BBC is a nation-leading public/private initiative that has been praised as a model for the rest of the country by the director of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge.

Led locally by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and initially spearheaded by CAP and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, the goal of the Atlanta BBC is to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20 percent in participating buildings across Atlanta by 2020.

The success of the Atlanta BBC has stemmed from its partnerships with organizations such as Midtown Alliance, Livable Buckhead, and Southface Energy Institute that have allowed for the expansion of the program to the entire City.

To date, the Atlanta BBC encompasses 555 buildings with a total of more than 105.5 million square feet.  The Challenge has achieved 17 percent in energy savings and 20 percent in water savings.

Atlanta was recently recognized at the federal Department of Energy’s Better Building Summit in Washington where the city received an award for becoming the first city to reach its 20 percent goal for water savings.  The total energy savings at 17 percent puts

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