Staying on the Cutting Edge of Sustainability
Georgia Peach | The purpose of the Georgia Peach Program is to rate and recognize buildings owned or managed by the state that optimize energy performance, increase the demand for materials and furnishings produced in Georgia, improve the environmental quality in this state, conserve energy, protect the state’s natural resources, and reduce the burden on the state’s water supply.
USGBC | Epsten Group has long been a global leader in sustainable design and sustainable consulting, and we are known for being on the cutting edge of the latest sustainable tools, technologies and practices. We know that sustainability is continuously evolving, so we work to ensure that our services and knowledge keep pace with it and stay ahead of the curve. Our expert team can help guide you through the process of using each of the sustainable consulting tools listed below, and we expand our services to include new tools as they become available.
BREEAM USA In-Use | BREEAM USA In-Use is an assessment designed for existing buildings, and is a notable alternative to the LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance program. Under BREEAM USA In-Use, building investors, owners and occupants drive sustainability through operational efficiency and effective building management. Serving as consultants and assessors, Epsten Group can help ensure BREEAM USA In-Use success for a variety of building types.
Fitwel | Fitwel is a certification system designed by the Centers for Disease Control that includes over 55 evidence-based design and operational principals that aim to improve health for building occupants. The rating system is applicable to multi-tenant buildings, single-tenant buildings, commercial interior spaces, and multi-family residential spaces. Fitwel excludes prerequisites, allowing the certification system to be more easily applicable to projects who are interested in the health and well-being of the building occupants. Fitwel is based across twelve sections derived from impact categories: Location, Building Access, Outdoor Spaces, Entrances and Ground Floor, Stairwells, Indoor Environment, Workspaces, Shared Spaces, Water Supply, Cafeterias and Prepared Food Retail, Vending Machines and Snack Bars, and Emergency Procedures. Epsten Group has Fitwel Ambassadors on staff who can help guide your project towards Fitwel Certification.
Parksmart | Epsten Group is proud to be the Sustainability Consultant for what will be one of the first Parksmart projects in Atlanta. Parksmart is the only certification program in the world that defines, measures and recognizes sustainable parking garages. Parking structures earn points toward Parksmart certification in three categories: management, programs and technology structure design. Standalone parking garages and those that are part of mixed use developments are eligible for Parksmart certification, and Epsten Group’s expert team can help guide existing and new projects alike through the process.
LEED | LEED doesn’t just work for buildings, but it works for cities and communities too.
In addition to building certification, LEED also includes a certification pilot structured for cities to measure and improve performance, focusing on outcomes from ongoing sustainability efforts. This pilot leverages a globally consistent method of performance measurement for a streamlined and data-based pathway to LEED certification for cities.
In order to pursue LEED for Cities certification under the pilot rating system, city project teams must register their city in Arc, complete all prerequisites, provide data to receive a Performance Score in Arc.
In order to generate a Performance Score, participants input data across five categories: Energy, Water, Waste, Transportation and Human Experience. Cities must earn all prerequisites and may provide additional information to achieve points to increase the Base Score, which contributes to the total Performance
LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND), where “LEED” stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a United States-based rating system that integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into a national system for neighborhood design.
TRUE | The TRUE Zero Waste Rating System is a unified system that encourages focused thinking about resource life cycles so that products are reused. TRUE is low-cost and implementation can be minimal. A TRUE project’s goal is to divert all solid waste from the landfill, incineration (waste-to-energy) and the environment. Facilities achieve certification by meeting seven minimum program requirements and attaining at least 31 points on the TRUE Zero Waste scorecard. Epsten Group has TRUE Advisors on staff who can help companies and events achieve TRUE certification.
Arc | Arc is a bench-marking platform for LEED certified buildings, as well as buildings, cities, and communities that have not yet achieved LEED certification. Within Arc there are five categories that are applied to your project: Energy, Water, Waste, Transportation, and Human Experience. Data is collected and entered into the Arc platform in order to determine a performance score. The project performance is compared to global data collected and maintained by USGBC. Epsten Group can help you get started within the Arc platform, whether you are a building, city, or community, or they can help you maintain LEED certification for existing buildings looking to re-certify using Arc.
SITES | Used by landscape architects, architects, engineers, developers and other project stakeholders, SITES is a comprehensive rating tool for developing sustainable landscapes. SITES recognizes the critical importance of landscapes in the built environment, and seeks to help improve them to benefit project owners, building occupants, communities and the environment. SITES is available to locations with or without buildings, and together with registered landscape architects, Epsten Group can help projects pursue this sustainable certification.
EDGE | EDGE is a green building rating system designed specifically for underdeveloped areas and emerging markets around the world. The focus of this sustainable consulting tool is implementing cost-effective ways to reduce energy and water consumption, requiring that a building achieve a projected minimum of a 20 percent reduction in energy and water use. Epsten Group can help project teams navigate the EDGE certification process for both residential and commercial projects.
GRESB | The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) assesses the environmental, social and governance performance of real estate assets around the globe. Providing GRESB consulting services, Epsten Group can help REITs and other large real estate portfolio owners prepare for their initial and annual assessments. Through GRESB, stakeholders in real estate assets can optimize their risk/return profile while also achieving recognition for sustainable features and processes.
Passive House | Passive house (German: Passivhaus) is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. Passive House is construction concept that can be applied by anyone, anywhere. Yet, a Passive House is more than just a low-energy building:Passive Houses allow for space heating and cooling related energy savings of up to 90% compared with typical building stock and over 75% compared to average new builds. Passive Houses make efficient use of the sun, internal heat sources and heat recovery, rendering conventional heating systems unnecessary throughout even the coldest of winters.
Passive Houses are praised for the high level of comfort they offer. Internal surface temperatures vary little fromindoor air temperatures, even in the face of extreme outdoor temperatures.
A ventilation system imperceptibly supplies constant fresh air, making for superior air quality without unpleasant drafts.
In addition to a wide variety of sustainable consulting services, Epsten Group is pleased to offer a full range of sustainable design services.