Duluth office building certified environmentally friendly

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Duluth office building has been certified as environmentally friendly, one of just three in the state.

The Crestwood Building, at 3675 Crestwood Parkway, was recognized last month as a green building by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The office building is one of 60 existing buildings nationwide that earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design status, also known as LEED. Only two other existing buildings in Georgia have earned that status.

The five-story Crestwood Building has 94,000 square feet of office space. In 2005, it earned the Energy Star designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

A spokesman for Crestwood's manager said the building was retrofitted to make it more energy efficient. The building has access to transit and uses less electricity and water than the norm, and real estate firm Melaver monitors the paint and carpeting that go into Crestwood.

Tenants are also encouraged to carpool and walk, Scott Doksansky said in a press release.

The LEED certification means a third party has examined the building and how it operates and verified that its owners are adhering to an environmental standard.