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Southface Eco Office
241 Pine Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
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Located in downtown Atlanta, GA, the Southface Eco Office serves as an office space for the Southface staff and as a training center and green building demonstration facility. At 10,000 square feet (8,400 square feet of conditioned space), it is about the same size as 74 percent of commercial buildings in the United States, making it ideal for showcasing the ways in which high-performance buildings can reduce operating costs for their owners--its energy use averages less that $25 per day.

Southface monitors the energy and water performance of the Eco Office on a 24/7 basis using Lucid Design Group's Building Dashboard?. The facility is fully instrumented to record its electricity consumption; daily kilowatt hours of electricity produced onsite through its photovoltaic solar array; daily gallons of water consumed and saved; current rainwater levels in its cisterns; and more.

Built by a consortium of construction firms using widely available, off-the-shelf products, materials, and technologies, the Eco Office is a 3-story structure with a green roof. It adjoins the Southface Resource Center via a glass atrium. The Resource Center presents more than 100 green building technologies and was awarded the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance in 2000.

During the first year of Eco Office operations, Southface also provided energy data for EPA's Portfolio Manager, an energy management tool that compares the performance of similar buildings nationwide.

The Southface Eco Office was officially opened in 2009 after earning the ENERGY STAR, as well as Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED?) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and EarthCraft Light Commercial certification, a regional green building designation specific to the Southeast. It also meets The 2030 Challenge launched by the non-profit group Architecture 2030.


The Eco Office opened with a "vine cutting" and press conference, plus VIP and community receptions. In-person and online building tours, green meeting space rentals, and a press Web site with social media tools provide ongoing outreach. Phase two PR will invite the engineering community to study the building's continued performance.


"The Eco Office is a laudable example of replicable, cost-effective green commercial construction, an example that if widely followed, will help facilitate the creation of numerous green jobs, and will strengthen the economic, social, and environmental competitiveness of this city."

-- Shirley Franklin, Mayor, City of Atlanta

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Southface or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

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Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2009 (90)
2010 (96)
2011 (95)
2012 (95)
2015 (98)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 8401 sf

Year Constructed: 2008

Contract Type: Multiple Contractor Contracts

Technologies Used:
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies