ASHRAE Officially Opens New Global Headquarters Building
By Logan CaswellGeothermal Green Technology Health & Safety HPAC General Human Resources HVAC Systems Management ASHRAE Georgia Net Zero renovation
The grand opening comes at the conclusion of highly successful building campaign that raised more than $10.3 million in donations.
ASHRAE has officially opened its new global headquarters building, following a ribbon cutting ceremony, attended by its board of directors, top building campaign donors, elected officials and guests. The company completed a $20 million building renovation project, a fully net-zero-energy (NZE) operation.
“The completion of this project is an important milestone for ASHRAE as a professional society and for the built environment worldwide,” said 2021-22 ASHRAE President Mick Schwedler.”
The renovated, 66,700 ft2 building is situated on 11 acres of land at 180 Technology Parkway in Peachtree Corners, Georgia.
The grand opening comes at the conclusion of highly successful building campaign that raised more than $10.3 million in monetary donations and contributions of equipment and services from multiple ASHRAE members and thirty-three corporate donors.
Although ASHRAE has occupied the building for more than one year, the installation of a Photovoltaic (PV) solar array system was completed in October 2021, marking the beginning of the building’s operation at fully net-zero-energy performance. The PV system is a combination of three sub-arrays totalling 332kW, mounted on the rooftop and in an unused section of the parking lot.
In addition to the PV system, other innovative approaches incorporated in the building include:
- 18 new skylights and reconfigured window/wall ratio.
- Radiant ceiling panel system: This is used for heating and cooling & dedicated outdoor air system for outdoor air ventilation with enthalpy heat recovery.
- Overhead fresh air distribution system augmented with reversible ceiling fans in the open office areas and displacement distribution in the learning centre.
- Six water source-heat pumps (WSHPs): There are four on basement level and two on upper level atrium that will be used to condition these spaces.
- A robust Building Automation System with remote access.
- Demand Control Ventilation (DCV): This will be used for high occupancy spaces in the meeting and learning centre.
- On-site electric vehicle charging stations available for guests and staff.
The event drew a large virtual audience via Facebook Live, representing a segment of the Society’s 51,000 members around the world.