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Environmental Sustainability Leader
Environmental Sustainability Leader
101 Marietta St., Suite 2600, Atlanta, Georgia 101 Mariet, United States

Epsten Group | Sustainability for the Built Environment

Environmental Sustainability Leader
Environmental Sustainability Leader
101 Marietta St., Suite 2600, Atlanta, Georgia 101 Mariet, United States

About

At Epsten Group, we pride ourselves on being a pioneer for sustainability in the built environment. As a multi-disciplinary firm that combines sustainable design, consulting, and commissioning services, collaboration is at the heart of what we do.

Creating a Healthier, More Just and Prosperous World

At Epsten Group, we pride ourselves on being a pioneer for sustainability in the built environment. Sustainability is in our DNA– it’s the right thing to do for future generations and the legacy we leave behind. We maintain the front-line of sustainability, spreading the word globally and investing locally.

Industry pioneers to our core, we push the boundaries by walking many clients through their own firsts. Our services remain flexible to meet the growing demand for a sustainable, healthier future. Our team strives to create a global impact surrounding green initiatives and maintains a company culture that reflects this. We celebrate diversity, inclusion, and equity and have recruited top talent from all over the globe. With office flexibility and a work-life balance, we accommodate individual preferences, believing that freedom, respect, and creativity lead to happiness and prosperity.

The Best Plans Start with Communication

Overwhelmed by certifications? Want to learn how sustainability efforts can save you time and money? Let’s talk! Whatever your needs or project stage, we have in-house experts who can help.

Sustainability Consulting

We're Here for the Value, 
Not the Points

When facing complex sustainability questions, we work with you to develop the right plan for your company, your project, and your goals.

At Epsten Group, we have the expertise to help you build a brand that is sustainably sound while creating spaces that promote healthy living. No matter the industry or facility type, whether it’s new construction or an existing building, we take the headache out of the hurdle. Our matchless skill level comes from our third-party roots – we have completed technical assessments in 55 countries and counting for more than 13,000 projects, including commercial buildings, government facilities, academic institutions, hospitals, retail spaces, mixed-use developments, communities, and existing buildings.

From schematic design through certification administration, we are there every step of the way. The world of sustainability is constantly evolving. As new rating systems and methods are introduced, we invest our own time into mastering them so our clients stay ahead of the game, too.

The following is a list of where we excel. If you are looking for specific services, we encourage you to reach out to one of our experts to learn more.

  • LEED Consulting

    LEED is a certification program and green building rating system that focuses on reducing resources and environmental impact, saving building owners and operators costs while managing the project’s overall carbon footprint. With a focus on project location, building system selection, operations, maintenance, and the indoor environment, LEED has been the chosen certification program for the building industry. As third-party verifiers for Green Business Certifications, Inc. (GBCI) and proven providers for LEED Consulting, we excel at projects that overlap multiple rating systems alongside LEED, utilizing crosswalks and our extensive knowledge of every iteration of the rating system. No matter the complexity, our in-house experts will take your project through the process in order to achieve a profitable outcome.

  • Fitwel Consulting

    Fitwel is a certification system designed by the Centers for Disease Control that includes over 55 evidence-based design and operational principals aiming to improve health for building occupants. Fitwel excludes prerequisites, allowing the certification system to be more easily applicable to both new and existing projects. Epsten Group is recognized as Fitwel Champions. To learn more about Fitwel, click here.

  • SITES Consulting 

    The Sustainable SITES Initiative is used by landscape architects, architects, engineers, developers, and other project stakeholders as a comprehensive rating tool for developing sustainable landscapes. SITES recognizes the critical importance of landscapes in the built environment and how they benefit project owners, building occupants, communities, and the environment. SITES is available to locations with or without buildings, with consulting teams working in collaboration with registered landscape architects. Projects earning SITES Gold automatically achieve all Sustainable SITES points within the LEED rating system.

  • Indoor Air Quality Testing

    According to the Indoor Air Quality Association, most people spend at least 90% of their day indoors. Indoor air quality is vital to the health, comfort, and productivity of the occupants in your space. Our technicians can perform testing and assessments of any indoor environment. We start by visiting your space to perform tests and collect samples. Our experts then analyze the laboratory results and provide recommendations with a detailed report outlining actionable next steps to combat deficiencies and ensure optimal indoor air quality.

  • WELL Building Consulting

    The WELL Building Standard is the leading global rating system, improving the health and wellness of building occupants through better designs, operations, and organizational policies. With over 350M certified SF accumulated since its introduction in late 2014, this evidence-based process highlights the benefit of investing in a building that promotes health and well-being. Our team has a deep understanding of WELL’s rigor and performance-based verification system, providing expertise on how to attract, retain, and increase productivity for the people who live, work, and play in the spaces you create.

  • Living Building Challenge (LBC) Consulting

    LBC is essential to achieve a truly sustainable project, though it is also one of the most rigorous and challenging certification programs due to its demanding requests and complex requirements. While costs for certification are low, creating a space that adheres to LBC takes a substantial investment of time and effort. True to our own mission and culture, we are eager to share the knowledge we have gained in working with this rating system. We have proudly provided consulting expertise on some of the first Living Building projects in the Southeastern US, including the new Epsten Group headquarters.

  • Building System + Enclosure Modeling

    Our Energy and HVAC expertise go hand-in-hand with our consulting services. The energy modeling experts who act as our third-party verifiers are the same people who lead our projects with proven precision, creating healthier spaces with increased performance savings and outdoor air ventilation rates. Too often we have seen project teams rely on inadequate knowledge, facing a hard struggle as a result. We are here to help. Our team can handle all your project needs, whether you are working toward Net Zero Certification, LEED, Georgia Peach, or Building Enclosure Optimization.

  • Parksmart Consulting

    Parksmart is the only certification program in the world that defines, measures, and recognizes sustainable parking garages. Parking structures earn points toward Parksmart certification in three categories: management, programs, and technology structure design. Standalone and mixed-use developments parking garages are eligible for Parksmart certification.

Building Enclosure Services

Constructability, Durability and Performance

An effective building enclosure forms a barrier that protects and preserves user regulated interior environments from uncontrollable exterior climates. At Epsten Group, we strive to improve every building enclosure we touch.

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Building Enclosure Consulting Services

  • Commissioning (New and Existing Buildings)
  • Condition Assessments and Enclosure Surveys
  • Forensics, Failure, and Water Intrusion Investigations
  • Repair, Remediation, Rehab, or Restoration Design
  • Design and Submittal Reviews
  • Quality Assurance Construction Monitoring
  • Hazardous Material Sampling (Lead and Asbestos)
  • Insurance Claim and Litigation Support
  • Reserve Studies and Maintenance Plans
  • Historic Preservation
  • Energy Modeling
  • Life Cycle Assessments

Building Enclosure Testing Services

  • AAMA 501.2 Spray Nozzle Testing
  • AAMA/ASTM Air and Water Infiltration Testing
  • Infrared Thermography Services
  • Whole-Building Blower Door Testing
  • Infrared and Smoke Tracer Air Leak Testing
  • Electronic Leak Detection Services
  • Additional Destructive and Non-Destructive Testing Methods

 

New Construction

On new development and construction projects, we collaborate with design teams to provide the explicit contract documents and coordinate with various team members to analyze pertinent submittals and assist with RFI correspondence.  We confront challenges, track, and ensure disputes are resolved and provide useful feedback throughout the mock-up and construction phases.  After installations are complete, we employ industry-standard testing methods to confirm and verify the performance meets the desired criteria. We also provide a guide for how to maintain your building components throughout their service life.

Existing Buildings

During occupancy/operation and at times of maintenance and repair, we use cutting-edge investigation and forensic tools to evaluate the condition and serviceability of your components. We provide the necessary documents and services to properly correct existing systems or instruct on the design of new systems.  We also provide property acquisition and sellers with advice on how to maximize their return on investment.

Industry Sectors Served

  • Office
  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Multi-Residential
  • Educational
  • Healthcare
  • Institutional

Additional information

Service Area: North America and Global Services

Location

101 Marietta St., Suite 2600, Atlanta, Georgia 101 Mariet, United States
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101 Marietta St., Chicago, Illinois 60603, United States
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