315 W. Ponce, managed by Lincoln Property Company, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star certification, signifying that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
The property, located in historic Decatur Square in Decatur, Georgia, is a 10-story 131,200-square-foot Class B office building built in 1965 that has undergone several renovation and modernization efforts in recent years. The building was able to achieve this certification by increasing energy efficiency through:
- The installation of restroom lighting motion sensors
- An upgrade of the HVAC system including variable frequency drives
- A conversion of common area lighting to LED (in progress)
- LED lighting in the elevator cabs, basement, main entryway, loading dock and second floor
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings, and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Lincoln improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to the building.