Saturday, April 19, 2014

“B” Green in Ballantyne Corporate Park

“B” GreenFrom the beginning, Bissell has understood the value and importance of creating environmental sustainability within its office environment as well as among customers and the community. Bissell Development has completed nearly two million square feet of space that is LEED® Gold or expected to receive certification in Ballantyne Corporate Park. The organization has developed more new construction and core and shell LEED-certified buildings than any other private developer in the Carolinas. Also LEED-certified is Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne with 136 rooms.

What is LEED?

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Since its inception in 1998, LEED has grown to encompass over 14,000 projects in 50 US States and 30 countries covering 1.062 billion square feet (99 km²) of development area.

Who Uses LEED?

Architects, real estate professionals, facility managers, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, construction managers, lenders and government officials all use LEED to help transform the built environment to sustainability.

What are the Benefits of Building Green?

  • Superior Air Quality
  • Abundant Natural Light and views of the outdoors
  • Lower Energy Demand
  • Increased employee satisfaction by creating a comfortable place to work
  • Recognition as Environmental Leaders
  • Lower carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions
  • Less storm water runoff
  • Less demand on drinking water supplies
  • Less solid waste; longer life for landfills
  • Less traffic congestion

Corporate Benefits Include:

  • Design for Lifetime Customers
  • Risk Management
  • Increased Competitive Advantage
  • Cost Reduction
  • Product Differentiation

Bissell’s LEED Accredited Staff

Alicia Bickett Paul Cattieu

Alicia Bickett
Interior Construction Manager

Paul Cattieu
Operations Coordinator

Alicia Bickett is a LEED Accredited Professionals. LEED Professional Accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. LEED Accredited Professionals have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System. More than 40,000 people have become LEED APs since USGBC launched the Professional Accreditation program in 2001.

The LEED AP credential represents the individual's knowledge of the LEED Rating System and its application in practice. LEED APs facilitate the integrated design process and streamline LEED certification.

Benefits for LEED APs
  • Valuable and marketable credential for employers, prospective employers, or clients
  • Listing on USGBC Web site directory of LEED APs
  • LEED AP certificate Recognition for involvement in LEED project
Benefits for Employers
  • Eligibility for projects on which owners are mandating the participation of a LEED AP
  • Strengthened qualifications when responding to RFPs requiring LEED APs
  • Encourages employees to continue increasing their knowledge and understanding of green building and LEED
Benefits for the Building Industry
  • Encourages and promotes a higher understanding of LEED and supports USGBC’s mission of transforming the built environment

Paul Cattieu is a LEED Green Associate, which distinguishes professionals for demonstrating green building expertise across many disciplines (green design, construction and operations) by representing fundamental knowledge of LEED and Green Building and a commitment to sustainability.


A Message From Ned Curran

Ned CurranNed Curran

President & CEO of Bissell
On going Green in Ballantyne

“We believe we should join others in helping to lead our community and our profession by engaging in efforts to build and operate buildings in a sustainable manner.

First and foremost we do it because we all bear a responsibility to be good stewards of our environment, both in terms of air quality and the use of natural resources.

We believe those employers who choose to operate in office environments that are built to LEED certified standards are investing in their people by showing they care about our future and that they care about employee’s health and welfare.

Energy Management


Property Services takes great pride in its efforts to conserve energy, preserve the environment and implement Green building initiatives. We offer the following suggestions to our Tenants to reduce energy consumption:

  • Use energy efficient office equipment and appliances such as ENERGY STAR
  • Turn off suite lights and office equipment each night.
  • Remind office staff to turn off monitor screens at the end of each day.
  • Discourage the use of task lights at individual desks (heaters are not allowed).
  • Replace all incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Remove unnecessary light fixtures and space out remaining fixtures.
  • Delamp light fixtures in inconspicuous areas (closets, etc.)
  • Install motion/occupancy sensors that turn off lights when physical movement stops in conference rooms, individual offices, mailroom, server/computer room, phone room, break room, closets, etc.
  • Install vending machine misers in break rooms.
  • When requesting additional HVAC, request the minimum time needed.
  • Use blinds to regulate the temperature of the suite and natural light. On hot days, keep window blinds closed. On cooler days, open window blinds to allow the maximum amount of heat and light into your suite.

Contact Property Services for assistance with any of the above. Property Services can arrange for a free audit of energy consumption and offer suggestions for future energy savings.

Want even more ways to be a green tenant? Download 10 additional ways to be a green tenant below.

10 Ways to be a Green Tenant

Green Links


Here are some references regarding energy management and protecting the environment:

Recycle Your Computers


Properly dispose of them
by contacting one of the following:

ISO 9001 and 14001 Registered
Electronics Recycling & Digital Data Destruction

1500 North Graham Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 376-1116


City County Government Foxhole
17131 Lancaster Hwy
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 341-0176

How We Recycle

Bissell and Bissell Property Services is committed to assisting tenants in their efforts to recycle.

The following materials are recycled in Ballantyne Corporate Park:
• White paper • Envelopes
• Magazines • Phone books
• Newspapers • Aluminum drink cans
• Plastic bottles • Glass containers

Please speak with your property management team for further details on your building’s trash and recycle program.

Green Awards

USGBC Sustainable Business Award NAIOP Sustainable Business Award Aloft LEED Certification
Bissell was honored with a Sustainable Business Award in Building Operations & Management at the Charlotte Chapter of the USGBC’s Green Gala in 2012. The Bissell organization is dedicated to excellence in operational efficiency and promoting sustainable practices within its office environment as well as among the community Bissell has received the NAIOP Sustainable Development Award for the Boyle and Harris Office Buildings. NAIOP, the largest Commercial Real Estate Development Association in the country, thoroughly evaluated Bissell based on a variety of sustainable attributes, including:
  • Company Commitment
  • Project History
  • Economic Analysis
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Accessibility
  • Innovation
Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne was LEED certified in 2010.
USGBC LEED Gold Awards The Charlotte Business Journal's Green Awards - 2008 Audubon International Certificate of Achievement
In 2010, the Irby building earned USGBC LEED Gold
Certification. Shortly after, Hayes, Harris, Boyle
and Everett followed suit.
The Charlotte Business Journal’s Green Awards
2008 recognized Bissell for:
  • Green Commercial New Construction
  • Green For-Profit Business
  • Green Building Management Project
Ballantyne Corporate Park is proud of its Certificate
of Achievement with Audubon International
for its Environmental Planning.
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