LEED EDUCATION AND SUSTAINABILITY
REDUCING OVERALL WATER USAGE
By increasing water efficiency through means such as low flow faucets and toilets, the Entrepreneur Center reduces the burden on municipal water supply and wastewater systems.
REDUCE ENERGY NEEDS
• Occupancy sensors were used on 75% of the connected lighting load to help achieve increasing levels of energy conservation
• Energy Star appliances and equipment were used when possible to help achieve increasing levels of energy conservation
• The EC has also purchased a 2 year renewable energy contract from TVA to support and encourage the development and use of grid-source, renewable energy technologies on a net zero pollution basis.
REVITALIZING DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE
• The Entrepreneur Center chose their new location to help support the preservation of the historic Trolley Barns located on the edge of downtown Nashville.
• The Trolley Barns are located within .48 miles walking distance of the music city star and within ¼-mile walking distance from 17 different bus lines. It is also near many walkable downtown businesses, attractions, and communities, which provides stimulation to the local economy while allowing for reduced pollution from automobile use.
RECYCLING/ BUILDING WITH RECYCLED MATERIALS
• The Entrepreneur Center has provided a recycling area with clearly marked bins, easily accessible from the offices and meeting spaces to help facilitate the reduction of waste generated by the building occupants.
• The Entrepreneur Center also incorporated various building materials including carpets and wall finishes produced with recycled content.
ENCOURAGING ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS AND HEALTHY LIVING
• Secure bicycle racks are provided throughout the Trolley Barn area to help reduce pollution from automobile use and to promote a healthy lifestyle. The Entrepreneur Center has also provided a shower and changing area, to help further encourage occupants to bike to work.
• The Trolley Barns are located within ½ mile of the Nashville GreenBikes bicycle rental.
IMPROVING INDOOR AIR QUALITY
• During construction, measures were taken to maintain a clean work environment such as covering duct work to keep out dust and debris.
• Low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings were used during construction to reduce the amount of indoor contaminants.
• The hard surface flooring meets the FloorScore standards and contributes to good indoor air quality.
• Carpeting throughout the building meets the Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label Plus program and produces only minimal chemical emissions.