SOUTHFACE ECO OFFICE
The award-winning Southface Eco Office, located in downtown Atlanta, is a three-story commercial structure that serves as an office, training and demonstration facility. At 10,100 square feet, it is the same size as 74 percent of American commercial buildings, making it a strong example for what can be achieved in energy-, water- and resource-efficiency within the commercial building sector. It is also one of the most sustainable office facilities in the world, using 84 percent less water and 53.3 percent less energy than a comparable, code-built facility.
The Atlanta architecture firm of Lord, Aeck & Sargent designed the Eco Office, and a consortium of contractors – DPR, Hardin, Holder, R.J. Griffin, Skanska and Winter – built it. It is constructed entirely from off-the-shelf products, materials and technologies, demonstrating that even small buildings can achieve high performance standards at a reasonable cost – its energy use averages less than $25 per day.
Green Building Certifications
The Eco Office has earned several significant building certifications, including Platinum LEED® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, EarthCraft Light Commercial certification and ENERGY STAR® certification. It also meets the 2030 Challenge launched by the nonprofit group Architecture 2030.
Southface encourages everyone with an interest in green building to visit the Eco Office for one of our scheduled weekly tours. Or, take an online tour of the Eco Office!
In addition, Southface welcomes research proposals and inquiries from scientists and other researchers. The Eco Office is fully instrumented so that we can measure its performance on a 24/7 basis. This performance information is available online through a Lucid Design Group Building Dashboard®, which provides real-time and historical data on electricity consumption; daily kilowatt-hours of electricity produced onsite through the building’s solar photovoltaic array; daily gallons of rainwater captured, consumed and saved; current rainwater levels in the building’s cisterns; local weather conditions and more.