23 Mar 5301 Paulsen St, LEED O+M
It is said that the “greenest building is the one that is already built.” In the case of one of Vantosh Realty Group’s newest listings at 5301 Paulsen Street, that goes double. The current owners completely renovated the property in 2013 with an eye on health and energy efficiency. They created a clean, secure, comfortable, light filled space that is conveniently located between Memorial and St. Joseph/Candler Hospitals in the heart of the Medical Arts District.
New, energy efficient lighting, ceiling fans, blinds and solar shades
White energy efficient membrane roof installed 2013 with 25-year warranty from Firestone
All new electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems
Comprehensive security system with remote monitoring
Two offices, one with en-suite facilities
5301 Paulsen Street is a prime candidate for the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for existing buildings, which focuses on Operations and Maintenance. According to the USGBC Guide, LEED O+M certification requires achieving a certain number of credits and points in the following areas:
1) Location and Transportation
Considers the existing features of the surrounding community and how this infrastructure affects occupants’ behavior and environmental performance.
2) Sustainable Sites
Focuses on restoring project site elements, integrating the site with local and regional ecosystems, and preserving the biodiversity that natural systems rely on.
3) Water Efficiency
Addresses water holistically, looking at indoor use, outdoor use, specialized uses, and metering. The section is based on an “efficiency first” approach to water conservation.
4) Energy and Atmosphere
Approaches energy from a holistic perspective, addressing energy use reduction, energy-efficient design strategies, and renewable energy sources.
5) Materials and Resources
Considers the life cycle of building materials and products -extraction, processing, transportation, use and disposal- to minimize associated negative impacts.
6) Indoor Environmental Quality
Rewards decisions made by project teams about indoor air quality, thermal and visual comfort, and occupants’ satisfaction.
Recognizes projects for innovative building features and sustainable building practices and strategies.
8) Regional Priority
Distinct environmental priorities that are particular to a locale, and the credits that address those issues. In Savannah the Regional Priorities include: Advanced Energy Metering, Alternative Transportation, Cooling Tower Water Use, Heat Island Reduction, Purchasing – No Mercury Lamps, and Rainwater Management.
High performance green buildings are known to have a positive impact on the health and productivity of building occupants. They reduce waste, promote renewable energy and design innovations, save building operators money, and ultimately add value to the asset.