From the inception of its design, 1180 Peachtree has pioneered the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program in Atlanta and throughout the world. The 41-story building was a part of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Core and Shell (CS) pilot program, testing the viability of this rating system for speculatively developed office buildings. 1180 Peachtree was the first high-rise office building in the world to be pre-certified LEED-CS Silver. This designation not only demonstrated 1180 Peachtree's leadership in sustainable design, but it also started a city-wide movement among developers seeking LEED certification for other commercial projects.

The Silver LEED pre-certification was based on documented plans to satisfy more than 30 green and high performance requirements. Upon the completion of construction in February of 2006 and the review of final documentation, 1180 made its mark on the world again by achieving the world's second Gold LEED-CS Certification.

In January of 2011, 1180 Peachtree achieved an unprecedented third LEED designation -- LEED Existing Building: Operations & Maintenance Gold Certification -- demonstrating an energy performance level 6.4% higher than was predicted in the building's Core and Shell certification process.

1180's building systems and services are sensitive to operating efficiencies, the environment, and tenant comfort. Enhanced systems include HVAC equipment, lighting fixtures, outside air controls, and clean power to all tenant outlets. Services include reserved parking for alternative fuel transportation and secure bicycle storage.

One of the office tower's several green features is a water management system that decreases storm water run-off by covering many portions of the roof and property with vegetation. The remaining storm water, along with condensation collected from the building's mechanical systems, is collected and channeled to an underground storage vault. This water is then used for irrigation, thus reducing the need to utilize city water.

In addition to the effective utilization of storm water and condensate, 1180 Peachtree also partners with Community Waste Services to provide a single stream recycling program. This recycling program helps reduce the trash being hauled to a land fill and saves the building thousands of dollars annually in trash hauling! Furthermore, 1180 tenants and visitors take advantage of alternative methods of transportation in an effort to do their part. The use of low to no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) is also key for maintaining indoor environmental quality.

The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. The time, effort, and cost associated with earning Gold Status through this voluntary program demonstrate the commitment of all involved with 1180 Peachtree to protecting the environment.

For more information about LEED Certification or the US Green Building Council, visit www.usgbc.org.