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Epsten Group awarded Norcross Library project

We are very happy to be providing LEED Consulting, Energy Modeling and Commissioning for a Norcross Branch Library at Lillian Webb Park in Norcross, Georgia. This 22,000sf library will sit atop an existing parking structure! The top of the parking structure will also have an open plaza with planters. This project is required to achieve […]

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EGI holds Fulton County School System Lunch and Learn

A Lunch and Learn presentation was hosted by Epsten Group principals, Darren Draper and Bill D’Onofrio yesterday for Fulton County Schools focused on Building Systems, Commissioning and Envelope Cx. Significant interest was shown for the value and detailed process for Cx in school facilities. The program was attended by CIP, Planning & Design, and Facilities […]

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Envelope Commissioning performed on winning project!

Flatiron City was awarded the 2017 Project of the Year by the ULI Atlanta (Urban Land Institute Atlanta)! We are proud that the Flatiron Building (Atlanta) is an Envelope Commissioning project of ours: Flatiron is an historic 11-story building located on the corner of Auburn Avenue and Peachtree Street and is listed in the National […]

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2017 GAPPA Annual Meeting Presentation by Darren Draper

Darren Draper presented on Envelope Commissioning for the 2017 GAPPA Annual Meeting and Tradeshow on Jekyll Island, along with John Jefferson, GSFIC, Executive Director. In his presentation, Darren defined Cx (Commissioning), its process and described some case studies. John focused on the value to the client (Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission (GSFIC), Campus institution, […]

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Invest Atlanta awards Epsten Group with Excellence in Innovation

Darren Draper, an Epsten Group Principal and Director of Commissioning, accepted the Excellence In Innovation Award from Invest Atlanta at their 2016 Excellence in Small Business Awards Luncheon. Also in attendance from Epsten Group were Bill D’Onofrio, Pete Choquette, Gloria Paul and Chelsie Boynton. Lonnie Saboor, the Small Business Development Director at Invest Atlanta, conducted […]

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Darren Draper presents at AABC Annual Meeting

Darren Draper delivered a presentation about the relationship between TAB firms and Cx providers particularly with regards to existing buildings at the 2016 Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) Annual Meeting at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate in Orlando, FL.

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Lauren Wallace to speak at 2016 AAMA Conference

Life Cycle Cost Assessment Speaker! Lauren Wallace is attending the 2016 AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association) Conference today and speaking tomorrow from 10:30 – 11:15am on “Building WELL: How Your Products Help to Achieve Wellness in the Built Environment.” Session participants will learn more about how fenestration products can help projects achieve the WELL Building […]

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UF LEED Fellow / LEED Faculty Bahar Armaghani, to conduct class at Epsten Group

Bahar Armaghani, LEED Fellow, LEED Faculty, is a professor at the College of Design, Construction and Planning, and Director of the Green Building Learning Collaborative at the University of Florida (UF). In the fall of 2014, Bahar started the first LEED Lab course at UF, aiming to bridge the gap between the education and operation […]

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Epsten Group Announces New Ownership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Leading Sustainable Building Firm Announces New Ownership Atlanta (July 20, 2016) – Epsten Group, a global leader in sustainable design and consulting services, has announced that its President and CEO, Dagmar Epsten, FAIA, LEED Fellow, has transferred 100% ownership of the firm to the existing senior management staff. The new principals, consisting […]

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Dagmar Epsten moderated panel discussion at 2016 TUFF Summit

Dagmar Epsten moderated a panel discussion at the 2016 University Financing Foundation Summit, “Breaking Barriers Through Innovation: 5th Annual University Facilities Summit.’” on ” The Financial Impact of Sustainability: Current and Future Trends” – Looking ahead, how will we define ‪‎financial‬ “bottom line”? Along with Dagmar on the panel was Lance David, Federal Agency, Steven […]

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Dagmar Epsten to speak tomorrow at 2016 University Financing Foundation Summit

Hope to see you tomorrow at the 2016 University Financing Foundation Summit, “Breaking Barriers Through Innovation: 5th Annual University Facilities Summit.’” The TUFF Summit is all about ‪‎sustainability‬; and so are we! Dagmar Epsten will be speaking on ” The Financial Impact of Sustainability: Current and Future Trends” – Looking ahead, how will we define […]

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Epsten Group team on award-winning ILFI Petal Certified Project

Lauren Wallace, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Alicia Case, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C were part of the project team for the Mohawk Design Studio, just awarded the world’s most rigorous green building’s program: ILFI’s Petal Certified Projects. The projects receiving Petal certification demonstrate they can improve the ecosystem they inhabit. To achieve certification, they […]

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Michele Rall & Darren Draper at GASFA 2016 Spring Summit

Michele Rall and Darren Draper are networking with other facilities managers and hearing the latest on many exciting topics, including an update on facilities-related topics and a summary of legislative action and budget at the GASFA (GA Association of State Facilities Administrators) 2016 Spring Summit at the Georgia Aquarium.

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Dagmar Epsten Celebrates 31st Anniversary with AIA!
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Carmen Evans’ Case Study “Pushing The Edge” appears in HPB-High Performing Buildings

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Atlanta Magazine article highlights Epsten Group’s innovative green roof

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Dagmar Epsten & Darren Draper to speak at this year’s GEC Conference

Dagmar Epsten and Darren Draper will be speaking at the 10th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference, being held August 25th – 28th at the Jekyll Island Conference Center on Jekyll Island, GA. Dagmar is a part of the Steering Committee and as the subcommittee Chair, she developed the programming for a new educational track on Buildings […]

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Epsten Group on ENR Southeast’s Top Design Firms List

Epsten Group is proud to have made the 2015 list of Top Design Firms from ENR Southeast Click here to view

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Epsten Group First Southeast Organization Awarded JUST™ Label

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Epsten Group attends 2015 Green Sports Alliance

The 2015 Green Sports‬ Alliance Summit at McCormick Place in Chicago was attended this year by Lauren Wallace and Ross Wallace. The Opening Program, “Walking the Walk: Athletes Advancing More Sustainable Communities” was presented by Scott Jenkins, Board Chair and Stadium General Manager for the Atlanta Falcons.

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Epsten Group on ENR’s 2015 Top Design Firm List

Epsten Group is proud to have made ENR-Southeast’s 2015 List of TOP Design Firms! /southeast_top_lists_construction_firms/2015/Top-Design-Firms/001-100.asp”>

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Epsten Group makes Atlanta’s Top 25 Architectural Firms list

We made the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Atlanta’s Top 25 Architectural Firms” list in the June 5-11, 2015 issue!

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Michele B. Rall joins Epsten Group as Director of Business Development

Michele B. Rall, AICP, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, starts at Epsten Group this morning as our new Director of Business Development. We welcome her to our growing staff!

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BOMA Insight Article discusses LEED Certification with Dagmar Epsten

Hot off the Press! Dagmar Epsten’s latest article “The Desire to Raise the Bar” appears in the current issue of #BOMA’s Insight magazine, skillfully written by Jacob Wider. Read what it takes what it takes not only for her, but others in the industry pursuing LEED Certification​ Platinum. Check out the article in it’s entirety […]

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Pete Choquette & Dagmar Epsten present at AIACon15 this morning

Epsten Group had two presentations this morning at ‎AIACon15‬ The American Institute of Architects! Pete Choquette gave the presentation “An Introduction to Environmental Life-Cycle Assessment (‪‎LCA‬)” and he presented again along with Dagmar Epsten on “Making an Impact: Turning Existing Buildings into Net-Zero Wonders”.

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Dagmar Epsten and Carmen Evans present at AIA National Convention 2015

Dagmar Epsten, FAIA, and Carmen Evans, AIA (from our Savannah Office) present “The Great Architectural/Operational Match-Up: LEED NC/EBOM Platinum” this morning at ‪#‎AIACon15‬, The American Institute of Architects

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Dagmar Epsten Honoree at Womenetics POW! 2015

President and CEO Dagmar Epsten shares her secrets to public speaking @womenetics at today’s #POWAwards: being prepared, relating to the audience and having fun!

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JUST™ Label awarded to Epsten Group

Epsten Group is the first architectural firm in the southeast United States to receive the ‪‎JUST‬™ label from the International Living Future Institute. With that comes our own specially-tailored JUST icon to use. The International Living Future Institute’s™ JUST™ program is a voluntary disclosure program and tool for all types and sizes of organizations. JUST […]

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“Facility Executive” publishes Building Envelope Commissioning article

Epsten Group’s Darren Draper has an article on Envelope Commissioning published on You will see it on their homepage, under Recent News. The post will be archived at:

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Epsten Group receives accreditation from ANSI

Epsten Group is pleased to announce accreditation to the ‪‎ANSI‬ (The American National Standards Institute) program requirements for the ‪‎ISO‬ Standard for Third-Party Verification of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and have been awarded a Certificate of Accreditation for Product Services!

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Part II of Epsten Group Cx Presentation by Darren Draper

Part II of Darren Draper’s in-house ‪#‎Commissioning‬ Presentation – a follow-up to his first very informative session garners another good turnout!

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Atlanta Zoo Cyclorama recognized n for Mixed Use/Special Use by ABC

The Cyclorama Renovation, our project at Atlanta Zoo, received recognition as this year’s winner in the Mixed Use/Special Use category of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Best in Atlanta Real Estate Awards. Zoo Atlanta’s CEO Raymond King says: ‘It will permanently redefine our future.’

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Georgia #8 on USGBC list of 2014 Top 10 States!

Georgia is #8 on the list that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its 2014 ‪Top 10 LEED‬ States!

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Epsten Group mentioned in recent Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Maria Saporta article

‪Maria Saporta‬ of the ‪Atlanta‬ Business Chronicle mentions Epsten Group’s “The Edge” as one notable project ‪#‎LEED‬ certified in 2014 in an article about Georgia ranking eighth in the nation for green buildings.

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Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Doug Sams reports on Epsten Group’s recent achievements

Epsten Group’s double platinum ‪#‎LEED‬ v4 certification achievement, along with other latest works including Zoo Atlanta and Porsche is written about in Doug Sams’ column, “Real Estate Notes” in the most recent Atlanta Business Chronicle (February 13-19, 2015).

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Epsten Group Media Event Announces Double LEED v4 Platinum

A media event was held at our Epsten Group office to announce and celebrate our new LEED v4 Beta Platinum certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED EB:O+M) of its innovative office building, The Edge. Based on research, this is the world’s first project ever to achieve double Platinum with an initial certification under […]

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Epsten Group Attends 2015 State of the City Breakfast

Mayor Kasim Reed​ spoke at the 2015 State of the City Breakfast this morning held at the Georgia World Congress Center​. He mentioned several of our Epsten Group​ projects, including the Zoo Atlanta​ Cyclorama, Porsche​, and the Atlanta Falcons​ Stadium. Also mentioned was the Atlanta Streetcar​ shown here cruising past our office!

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Atlanta Intown Publishes News About Double Platinum LEED Status for The Edge

Recently published in Atlanta Intown: Our recent world’s first double platinum LEED Certification status for our office building, The Edge, Read more:

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Atlanta Living Building Challenge Collaborative Kick-off Event

Epsten Group is happy to announce the Atlanta Living Building Challenge Collaborative Kick-off Event held in conjunction with the Georgia Tech School of Architecture Lecture Series: Materials Transparency. Epsten Group’s Lauren Wallace will be moderating and Pete Choquette and Johnna Keller will be speaking in addition to Ana Torres with Mohawk Industries. Hope to see […]

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“The Edge” appears in Atlanta Daily World Article

Epsten Group’s “The Edge” appears in the #Atlanta Daily World (ADW) article “Atlanta Names Top Building Performers for 2014″. We were recognized for being a Top #Energy Performer by the Mayor’s City of Atlanta Office of Sustainability at the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge.

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Epsten Group Receives “Top Performer – Energy” from Atlanta BBC

Epsten Group accepted an Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge award for The Edge, a 2014 Top Performer – Energy. Pictured from left to right are the Epsten Group attendees; Bill D’Onofrio, Peter Lyon, Chip Epsten, Dagmar Epsten proudly holding her firm’s award, and on far right is Denise Quarels, Director of Sustainability for City of Atlanta. […]

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Living Building Challenge v3.0 Lunch & Learn given at GATech

Lauren Wallace, LBC Ambassador & Certifications Department Manager, Johnna Keller, LEED Project Reviewer, Project Manager & Senior LEED Specialist, and Pete Choquette, Design and Consulting Department Manager, held a Lunch & Learn yesterday for the Georgia Tech Space Planning and Operations folks about the Living Building Challenge v3.0. They said we provided more information on […]

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Pete Choquette presents at USGBC Midlands LEED for Schools event

We were very pleased to make a presentation to Midlands LEED for Schools. This USGBC South Carolina Chapter event featured Pete Choquette, Epsten Group’s Design & Consulting Department Manager.

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Darren Draper Presents at USGBC SC Chapter Lowcountry Event

Darren Draper shared his expertise in his presentation “Envelope Commissioning for High Performance Buildings” this week.Thanks to @USGBC South Carolina Chapter Lowcountry for inviting us to present at their monthly program hosted by The Citadel Civil and Environmental Engineering Department – we enjoyed it!

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Proud Green Home interview with Lauren Wallace goes live!

LEED v4 Puts Emphasis on Life Cycle Assessment of Building Products Lauren Wallace was interviewed at the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo by Proud Green Home.

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WABE Aired This Morning: “Atlanta Business Reporter Maria Saporta on Zoo Atlanta’s Unprecedented Gift”

Heard this excellent segment on WABE this morning about the unprecedented gift from the Woodruff Foundation to Zoo Atlanta:

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Pete Choquette to speak at AIA Georgia’s One-Day Conference

Epsten Group’s Pete Choquette AIA LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, has been selected to speak at the AIA Georgia One-Day Conference in Macon on November 14th. Be sure to catch Session 5: Envelope Commissioning for High-Performance Buildings (submitted for 1.25 LU/HSW) from 2:10 pm – 3:25 pm.

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Darren Draper presents at TUFF 2014: “Envelope Commissioning on Real World Projects”

Darren Draper, Epsten Group’s Commissioning Department Manager, presented at a Breakout Session yesterday at the TUFF 2104 4th Annual Educational Facilities Best Practices Summit held at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center. “Envelope Commissioning on Real World Projects: You Bet It Works” explored the Envelope Commissioning process, the specialized testing techniques that are used, […]

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Pete Choquette and Craig Goldstein deliver stellar presentation at Greenbuild 2014!

Pete Choquette, Design and Consulting Department Manager at Epsten Group, Inc. and Craig Goldstein, Energy Team Leader at Epsten Group Inc., made a presentation, “Passivhaus Office: A Real World Case Study,” at Greenbuild 2014 last week along with Stefan Kremeier, Managing Director at Auditor at German Sustainable Building Council. With the introduction of the more […]

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Greenbuild 2014: “This was a great conference!”

Epsten Group’s President & CEO Dagmar Epsten enjoys a moment after the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo closing plenary with Rick Fedrizzi, CEO & Founding Chairman, of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Dagmar reports, “This was a great conference!”

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Epsten Group’s Meghan Shannon and Hayley McLeod attend Greenbuild 2014 Women in Green Power Breakfast

Congratulations to Meghan Shannon and Hayley McLeod, who attended the Women in Green Power Breakfast this morning at Greenbuild 2014. They were both awarded scholarships to attend the event as Emerging Professionals! Meghan was an honorary chair for the event leading their table’s discussion in between some amazing female speakers. This year they are adding […]

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Pete Choquette and Craig Goldstein to speak at Greenbuild 2014

The 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo starts next week and you’ll want to make sure this item is on your calendar: “Passivhaus Office: A Real World Case Study.” With the introduction of the more stringent energy requirements of LEED v4 and the coming 2030 Challenge, Pete Choquette, Design and Consulting Department Manager and Craig […]

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Epsten Group Tapped to Transform Atlanta’s Cyclorama Building into World-class Zoo Atlanta Event Space

Leading Sustainable Design and Consulting Firm Will Preserve Historic Treasure While Bringing it into the Modern Era Atlanta (September 29, 2014) – Zoo Atlanta visitors will soon have a unique opportunity to meet, greet, and dine while overlooking African elephants, zebras, and giraffes in their savanna habitat. Upon its relocation to the Atlanta History Center, […]

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Dagmar Epsten joins advisory group to preserve historic building

Dagmar Epsten is on the nine-member advisory group working with the Atlanta Housing Authority to save what is known as the Trio Laundry Building. The group was formed “to show that it was interested in saving the building, its adaptive reuse and its intention to make the best use of the property in coordination with […]

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gb&d July/August Issue Features Porsche, a current Epsten Group LEED Building Commissioning project

The recent July/August 2014 issue of gb&d magazine has published a great article about one of our LEED building commissioning projects, Porsche’s Headquarters, minutes away from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Epsten Group’s Commissioning Department Manager, Darren Draper, who is presently working on the project, is quoted in the article.

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Dagmar Epsten Featured in People On The Move Article in Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Business Chronicle featured an article about Dagmar Epsten in their June 12-19, 2014 issue titled “Epsten a catalyst for Atlanta’s green building movement”. Written by Douglas Sams, the story talks about Dagmar’s ascent into the world of green construction and sustainable design, beginning with walking and biking in her native Germany to becoming owner […]

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Dagmar Epsten – LEEDing the way, Southeast Green’s Radio Show broadcast

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German Innovation for High-Performance Buildings (Part II)

The second half of Dagmar Epsten’s article, “German Innovation for High-Performance Buildings” in EDC e-magazine is now out in their May issue or at

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Newly Published! German Innovation for High-Performance Buildings (Part 1)

The April issue of EDC is featuring another two-part article, “German Innovation for High-Performance Buildings,” written by Dagmar Epsten. Look for the second half next month. Go to

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Commissioning Lunch-N-Learn in Savannah a Success!

Darren Draper, Epsten Group, PE, LEED AP BD+C; Commissioning Department Manager (pictured far left) presented a Lunch-N-Learn this week: Commissioning for High-Performance Buildings held at Thinc Savannah. The topic wasUtilizing Commissioning to Improve the Energy Performance of New Buildings  Darren presented to a full house of Architects, Engineers, Facility managers and other interested individuals, assisted […]

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Epsten Group Featured in 2014 AIA | Atl Tours Book

The Epsten Group office, The Edge, is the feature of the October spread in the 2014 AIA | Atl Tours publication, “Design Equilibrium.” This striking and well-laid out book highlights every location visited each month last year and also devotes pages up front to some other features such as “AIA | Fellows”, in which Dagmar […]

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Epsten Group Completes World’s First Establishment Review as LEED v4 Beta Participant

Sustainable Design and Consulting Firm Hopes LEED Platinum Strikes Twice for Their Award-winning Office   Atlanta (November 20, 2013) – As a longtime leader in sustainable design and LEED consulting, Epsten Group was pleased to announce this week that the firm has been selected as a participant in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) LEED […]

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Plumrose Council Bluffs: Lean, mean and fully automated! Automating an entire raw meat cooking and packaging plant saves water, cuts energy usage and gets the product perfect the first time—without rework. By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor

Upon visiting Plumrose’s Council Bluffs, IA operation, you won’t find fields of solar-cell arrays, bio-digesters, wind farms and the like. What you will find is an exceptionally well-constructed plant and fully automated processes run by a process control system that perfects product quality and saves energy. The entire process itself produces only a miniscule amount […]

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Creating Value for LEED Projects with Lean: Part 2 Lessons in manufacturing can be applied to lessons in designing and constructing high-performance buildings. By Dagmar B. Epsten

Part 1 in the September issue covered an introduction to Lean, the principles value and value stream, and the initial discussion of the flow principle. Flow Flow in the Current LEED Process. A common way to sort out LEED-related items is to have the entire project team participate in a design charrette. While a charrette […]

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Creating Value for LEED Projects with LEAN: Part 1 Lessons in manufacturing can be applied to lessons in designing and constructing high-performance buildings. By Dagmar B. Epsten

  Intrigued. As an architect and green building consultant who cares about the environment, I don’t like wasting things. Thus, I have become intrigued by a method of reducing manufacturing waste developed by Toyota and later coined “Lean” by a former Toyota engineer. A method aimed at reducing waste seemed to me, at least on […]

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High-Performance Building Specialist Recognized for National Impact

Atlanta. Dagmar B. Epsten, FAIA, LEED Fellow, CxA, has been elevated this month to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, recognizing her national impact on the profession of architecture with an FAIA designation. Leading her firm, Epsten Group, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, to strategically planned growth, she researched new roles for […]

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Epsten Group Green Building Firm Recognized for Growth by Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 List

Sustainable Design and Consulting Firm Grows 440% in Three Years Atlanta (October 14, 2011) – Even in a down economy, green means growth – and with recognition from Inc. Magazine earlier this month, sustainable design firm Epsten Group proved exactly that. In the publication’s annual 500|5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, Epsten Group […]

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Epsten Group Helps Revitalize Blighted Neighborhood, One LEED Platinum Building at a Time

Sustainable Design and Consulting Firm Outgrows One LEED Platinum Certified Office, Renovates Another Atlanta (November 15, 2011) – With the announcement of LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for their 9,000 square-foot office building, Epsten Group continues to demonstrate that the firm doesn’t just talk the talk when it comes to sustainable […]

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