Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Phillips Arena Earns LEED Certification

Congratulations to the Atlanta Thrashers and their ownership on the earning LEED certification for Phillips Arena. From NHL.com ...

"If every one of our 5.1 million existing commercial buildings in the U.S. followed the lead of Philips Arena and worked to become more energy efficient, we could save some $160 billion by 2030 and put a significant dent in our carbon emissions," said USGBC President, CEO and Founding Chairman Rick Fedrizzi. "There are also tremendous water-saving practices that are built into LEED and I know how important that is in Atlanta. Schools, stores, hotels, office buildings, government buildings and sports arenas all have a contribution to make, and Philips Arena is to be congratulated for its achievement and the leadership it demonstrates for others."

For those of us in the real estate industry this is a big deal. I've been through the LEED certification process (LEEDS?! Yea, they got us working in shifts!) very recently and it's a huge time and money comitment. A well deserved glove tap to the Atlanta Thrashers and their ownership group.

What's this LEED business? Read more here.

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