ATLANTA-One Atlantic Center, one of the city’s largest urban office buildings, has been awarded a LEED Silver rating for existing buildings by the US Green Building Council. The 50-story tower, which opened in 1987, was purchased by Houston-based Hines nearly four years ago.

Various upgrades have been made to the building in recent years that have led to 37% greater energy efficiency and more than $1 million worth of operational savings, according to Hines. Greenhouse gas reductions are equal to removing 1,500 vehicles from the road.

Numerous energy conservation measures have been taken, such as installation of variable frequency drives on the air handler units and outside air fans; installation of a new building management system; and retrofitting several lighting systems. These steps have resulted in an aggregate savings of two million kilowatt hours per year, a 12.5% reduction, since acquisition.

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