The most efficient newly constructed buildings make effective use of natural resources, positively impact occupants’ well-being and engage with the neighboring environment. LEED and comparable green building rating systems set up a building to succeed by using guideposts to help maximize environmental performance—but this is only the first chapter of a building’s sustainability story.
Completed in 2019, AMLI Buckhead has achieved LEED Platinum, the highest level of certification available from USGBC. Features like enhanced insulation, air sealing, LED lights, and Energy Star appliances position the community to demand less energy on a daily basis. Additionally, native, adaptive landscaping and WaterSense plumbing fixtures are key design elements that reduce water demand without compromising beauty and experience.
Thanks to the strong membership with USGBC Georgia, AMLI Buckhead has the tools and support to maintain LEED Platinum certification, ensuring the structure’s environmental efficiency. USGBC President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam awarded AMLI with their LEED plaque on June 13.
Prioritizing wellness and access to nature
But let’s not forget that buildings are built for people. Prioritizing occupants’ health and well-being is a must for any green building. Healthy, low- or no-VOC materials avoid indoor contamination, and upgraded air filters paired with outside air ventilation ensure fresh air is a priority for all occupants.
The site and neighborhood of a green building also have a substantial impact on environmental performance. AMLI Buckhead is located near the Lenox MARTA train station, which offers residents quick, walkable access to options for alternative modes of transportation. Taking that a step further, the community includes electric car charging stations and bicycle storage to make it easy for residents to choose a greener, healthier transportation mode.
The gem of this site is its access to the newly built Marie Sims Park, a community park built and cared for by AMLI Residential, available for the entire Buckhead neighborhood to enjoy. Not only do recreational green spaces like this offer a connection with nature, they also serve an environmental function for the surrounding buildings by collecting stormwater runoff, creating habitat and reducing summer heat. Marie Sims Park is part of the planned effort to add green space and enhance the fast-growing Buckhead neighborhood.
Using data to inform improvements
What will be the next chapter of AMLI Buckhead’s sustainability story? Tracking resource use and resident well-being. By using Arc and Energy Star Portfolio Manager, the property will be able to maintain the authenticity of its sustainability leadership and show real results—a must for a truly green building.
Each year, AMLI also conducts its Sustainability Living Index survey of all residents to find out where their sustainability concerns lie and whether AMLI’s own sustainability priorities live up to the company mission to provide an outstanding living environment. This survey offers invaluable insights into how residents use green features and provides perspectives on opportunities for enhancements.
In order to adapt to current and future challenges, continuous improvement must be embedded in a green building’s story. By measuring sustainability performance and building on the results, AMLI Buckhead and other green buildings can positively impact the environment beyond its early life.
Hosting an EP event
Join USGBC Georgia and AMLI on August 14 from 4–6 p.m. for an emerging professionals event to learn about how to live sustainably in Atlanta.
"Sustainable Showcase: Live, Work, Play, Serve" will discuss tips for finding sustainable apartment living opportunities and maintaining a small footprint once you've moved in. There will be a tour of the LEED Platinum AMLI Buckhead and LEED Gold AMLI 3464 locations, followed by a rooftop happy hour.