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Epsten Group Completes World’s First Establishment Review as LEED v4 Beta Participant

Sustainable Design and Consulting Firm Hopes LEED Platinum Strikes Twice for Their Award-winning Office


Atlanta (November 20, 2013) – As a longtime leader in sustainable design and LEED consulting, Epsten Group was pleased to announce this week that the firm has been selected as a participant in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) LEED v4 Beta Program. The firm’s project, The Edge, is home to Epsten Group’s offices and has already received LEED-NC v2009 Platinum Certification. In the LEED v4 Beta Program, The Edge will be pursuing another Platinum Certification, this time under LEED v4 for Operations and Maintenance: Existing Buildings (LEED O+M).

The USGBC provides an innovative process for LEED v4 Beta Program projects including two phases for LEED O+M project certification. During the Establishment Period, the project team develops all policies and procedures. In the Performance Period, all policies, building testing and occupant surveys are completed. Data can be submitted for review after each period or all at the end. Epsten Group’s The Edge is the world’s first project to have completed an Establishment Review.

“The Edge has been a model in Atlanta for what can be accomplished through sustainability,” said Dagmar Epsten, Epsten Group’s president and CEO. “We are proud to be a part of the LEED v4 Beta Program to not only help shape the next generation of LEED, but also to further demonstrate the value of high-performance built environments.”

Located in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward and originally constructed in the 1940s, The Edge has received several design and environmental awards in addition to its LEED-NC v2009 Platinum certification in 2011. The building’s sustainable features include photovoltaic membranes, a green roof, high-efficiency systems and lighting, highly insulated walls with an air barrier, water-efficient fixtures, low-VOC finishes, and salvaged wood.

Selected by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2006 as a consultant, Epsten Group has provided LEED certification reviews for over 6,000 high-performance buildings in more than 50 countries.


About Epsten Group

Established in Atlanta in 1991, Epsten Group is a global leader in sustainable design offering a wide range of services, including architecture, interior design, LEED Consulting, energy modeling, commissioning, retro-commissioning, building envelope consulting, and roofing and waterproofing consulting. The firm designs and manages projects in commercial, institutional, government and residential markets. Epsten Group is an 8(m) Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned

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