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 our existing furniture and reused existing materials, like a salvaged red oak tree, throughout the space. Through the integrated design process, we were purposeful with how we incorporated reclamation and reuse, and thereby reducing our carbon emissions from the project by 60% from a typical baseline with the remaining 40% of our carbon footprint offset.

Our office design demonstrates that you can still create a high-end, modern space using materials that are less harmful to everyone, from the manufacturer to the end-user, while also contributing to a closed-circle economy.

Learn more about the project, here.

Interested in our sustainable building methods? Contact our experts: in@epstengroup.com

About the Author

Lauren Wallace

Lauren, Principal and Director of Certifications and Consulting, has trained and managed leaders in sustainability and consulting on thousands of inspiring projects. She has been an active member of the sustainable design community for more than ten years and a leading sustainability consultant who is passionate about incorporating sustainable practices throughout the design-build industry. Aligning with the firm’s convictions, she works alongside her clients to integrate widespread sustainability practices, saving them time and money, and ultimately attracting and retaining much-needed talent.

Lauren regularly speaks to large audiences about implementing change in the building industry, focusing on technical information and application. She is a USGBC and WELL Faculty member, the leader of the Epsten Group Wellness Committee, and has spoken on building sustainability and Wellness issues throughout the country. In 2019, she was honored in becoming a LEED Fellow. She is a proud Living Future Accredited professional, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador, Parksmart Advisor, and TRUE Advisor. Lauren is also a WELL Performance Testing Agent and BREEAM USA Assessor.

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