Ben Massell Dental Clinic Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification


LEED_gold-200xThe only resource for comprehensive, quality dental care available to indigent individuals in metro Atlanta, the BMDC was founded in 1911. It moved into its current location, a 7,900 square foot state-of-the-art facility at 700 14th Street in Midtown that was designed by architect Ted Taylor, in August 2008. The building achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.

By using less energy and water, LEED certified building saves money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduces greenhouse gas emissions; and contributes to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The Ben Massell Dental Clinic efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will benefit future generations tremendously.”

LEED Certification of BMDC was based on a number of green design and construction features that have a positive impact on the project itself and the broader community. Among the green features of the clinic are: energy-efficient windows, lighting, and HVAC mechanical systems.  All wall and floor coverings are made of recyclable materials, mostly sourced from within 50 miles of the clinic to reduce transportation costs. Landscaping makes use of drought tolerant plants and there’s even special parking for hybrid cars and bicycles.

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U.S. Green Building Council

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 100,000 LEED Accredited Professionals, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to soar to $60 billion by 2010. The USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system is the preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. 35,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED system, comprising over 5.6 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 91 countries.

By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the pre-eminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation.

For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.