Ellis Square to get ecofriendly building designation

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – The city of Savannah will recognize on Tuesday the designation of Ellis Square as a U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Certified Gold project.

LEED, stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and has four levels -- Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The level is beased on the number of specific criteria that include the site, building components, building systems and waste disposal.

The plaque unveiling will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Ellis Square Visitor Center.

The redevelopment of Ellis Square utilized environmentally sensitive and energy efficient design and construction techniques -- with the square, its visitor center and public restroom facilities.

The city achieved the LEED certified Gold award.  For these criteria, according to the city:

  • Reduction in storm water run-off by using pervious materials;
  • Ability to access public transportation;
  • Maximization of open space;
  • Utilization of recycled materials and natural light;
  • Incorporation of low chemical gas emitting materials;
  • Other elements.

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