Fulton Supply Lofts participated in the Georgia Power Home Energy Improvement Program, and based on improvements made to the existing shell and the high efficiency systems installed, this project saw efficiency improvements of over 30 percent per unit and was eligible for the maximum rebate under the 2013-2016 HEIP funding cycle. Fulton Supply Lofts are the first multifamily project to earn green, sustainable certification by EarthCraft due to recycling and reusing historically authentic building features.
Fulton Supply is the last historic building in Castleberry Hill to be reused. The former warehouse space located in Atlanta, GA has been given a new life under the Earth Craft Sustainable Preservation Program, which offers third-party certification for environmentally responsible design and construction practices. The program is designed to evaluate and highlight what is inherently sustainable about historic buildings while providing guidance on appropriate alterations to make them more energy and water efficient. The conversion into a new loft space began as a pilot project and meets the historic authenticity criteria of The Georgia Trust, the National Park Service, the Atlanta Urban Design Commission and the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office.
“Projects like the Fulton Supply Lofts which achieve both ECSP certification and historic preservation tax credits demonstrate that many preservation best practices are also viable sustainability measures. One example is historic material reuse. The reuse of historic materials is a preservation imperative, it is also a sustainability best practice. The retention and rehabilitation of historic materials helps conserve natural resources and cultural resources. Striking this balance helps create high performance historic buildings- the best building ever built,” says Bourke Reeves, ECSP Program Manager at Southface.
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Southface are both on a mission to improve the built environment. The collaboration between like-minded nonprofits led to the creation of the nation's first green building certification program for historic buildings. Under the guidance of green building and preservation experts, participants receive sustainable solutions that enhance overall performance.
To find out more about The Georgia Trust, visit www.GeorgiaTrust.org.
EarthCraft is a green building certification program designed to address climate, energy and water issues unique to the southeastern United States. EarthCraft serves as a blueprint for resource-efficient single-family homes, multifamily structures, renovation projects, community developments and light-commercial buildings. Founded by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface in 1999, the EarthCraft program has certified 40,000 projects throughout the Southeast. Learn more at www.earthcraft.org.