The AERC Green Journey

In 2007, AERC began the journey into green building design.  Being conservative and skeptical by nature, this was really more of an experiment to prove, or disprove, the validity and applicability of sustainable design in our Mid-South building market.  The small, residential-scaled office building we purchased needed systems upgrades and finish updates anyway, so we decided to do the ‘Extreme Office Makeover” and go for the LEED Gold Certification.  In short, I became a convert to the Green Design movement due to the results of this process:  The cost to ‘go green’ was less than expected (and they have come down since), the design process was not difficult (once we did the initial research), online LEED documentation was not difficult (once we understood the process), the resulting indoor air quality & work environment is outstanding (the best I have experienced) and our utility costs are tracking 22% less than the previous Owner’s utility cost - (just as projected.)

Photo Gallery

Relive the journey with us by browsing through our photo gallery.

After

The finished building and interior spaces are beautiful, functional, and environmentally friendly.

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In-Progress

You can quickly get a sense of what was left to work with.

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Before

The journey begins with a 1960's era residence in the heart of Hernando, Mississippi. Careful evaluation of the existing structure was necessary to determine what needed to go.

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Sidetracking on the journey

In The News

Our story was featured on Memphis' FOX 13 News and WMCTV 5 News

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The Light Chimney

Not only form but function as well.

An astounding feature in the AERC office, the light chimney is not only aesthetically intriguing but a functional element as well. As the indoor temperature rises during warmer months, baffles open to allow the excess heat inside to rise through the opening which draws a gentle breeze into the building space through open windows.

LEED Gold Certification

Our Office has achieved LEED Gold Certification.

Visit the U.S. Green Building Council for more info.