The Georgia-Pacific Center, a fixture among Downtown Atlanta’s skyscrapers for nearly 30 years, is once again brightening the night sky. Starting this month, new exterior lights on the east-facing stair-stepped side of the tower have been turned on to illuminate the building’s 52-story profile. For more than seven years, the building’s lights have remained off due to their energy inefficiency. However, according to Georgia-Pacific communications manager Karen Cole, the new LED lighting dramatically cuts energy consumption by 75 percent and slash costs too – from approximately $55 to $14 a day. The costs are even lower when factoring in that the new, 205-watt LED bulbs (67 of them) are much longer lasting than the previous 1,000-watt and 400-watt bulbs.
This energy savings is just one of the many things the Georgia-Pacific Center, a LEED Silver certified building, is doing to accomplish its goal to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020 through its participation in the Central Atlanta Progress’ Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, Cole said.