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Life-Cycle Assessment and the Environmental Impact of a Building

Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA), or cradle-to-grave analysis, is an assessment tool used to calculate the environmental impacts and resources used across a product’s entire life cycle: raw material extraction (cradle), manufacturing, packaging, distribution, use, and end of life (grave). The increasing focus on environmental, social, and economic sustainability has amplified the application of life cycle thinking …

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Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta’s Zambezi Elephant Center and Savanna Hall Awarded LEED Gold

Helping to cap the most ambitious expansion in Zoo Atlanta’s history, both the Zambezi Elephant Center and Savanna Hall Renovation have officially earned LEED Gold certification. Administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program recognizes buildings across the world for design and construction geared toward the …

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indoor air quality

Indoor Air Quality and Virus Mitigation: Ventilation versus Filtration

Indoor environments provide plenty of opportunities for people to come in contact with viruses and bacteria — through airflow, from surfaces, and from the way our built spaces cause us to interact with one another. In light of the recent SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, we’ve gathered the latest research and resources that evaluate indoor air quality and …

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sustainability

Epsten Group Headquarters First to Achieve v4.0 Materials Petal

We are thrilled to share that our office is officially the FIRST v4.0 Materials Petal project in the world and the FIRST International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Certification in Atlanta. Utilizing our internal expertise, our designers prioritized products with a Living Product Certification and a Declare label early in the design. We repurposed 58% of …

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Zoo Atlanta Savanna Hall

The Historic Transformation of Savanna Hall: Zoo Atlanta’s Grand New View

  One of the focal points of Epsten Group and Zoo Atlanta’s Grand New View concept was the conversion of the historic Grant Park Cyclorama building into Savanna Hall. Originally constructed in 1921, the building was formerly the home to the Battle of Atlanta painting-in-the-round commemorating the 1854 Civil War battle of the same name. …

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Kendeda Building

Georgia Tech, Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design

The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is the most environmentally advanced education and research building in the Southeast. Situated under photovoltaic panels, the “living laboratory” is the first educational facility in Georgia to pursue Living Building Certification 3.0, and houses research labs, laboratory support areas, offices, and breakout spaces. With water-cooled heat pumps for …

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