The Greenest Classroom Building in the U.S.

The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is the first building in Georgia, the first building of its size and scale in the Southeast, and 28th in the world to earn Living Building Challenge certification, the world’s most ambitious and holistic green building achievement. The certification from the International Living Future Institute independently verifies that The Kendeda Building is among the greenest in the world. Rather than being less bad than conventional buildings, The Kendeda Building is regenerative. Over the course of a year, it collects and infiltrates into the ground 15 times the amount of water needed for operations. Its photovoltaic system supplies over 200% of the building's energy needs. It gives back more than it takes from the environment and focuses on the health and happiness of occupants.

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You never know who you'll run into at The Kendeda Building. Our native habitat attracts all sorts of flying friends! Stop by for a visit.

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Inspiring Project Facts

  • During 12-month performance period, The Kendeda Building:
    • collected and infiltrated into the ground 15 times the amount of water needed for operations
    • supplied 225% of its energy needs via onsite renewable energy, far exceeding the 105% LBC requirement
    • exported 243,520 kWh to adjacent buildings 
    • had approximate -$15,500 cost for electricity 
  • 16 foam flush toilets and waterless urinals (combined) use less water than one typical low-flow toilet
  • At least 50% of products and services sourced from within 621 miles
  • Portion of floor deck constructed by participants of workforce development program for economically disadvantaged Atlanta residents
  • Building composed of materials screened for common hazardous chemicals known to harm human and environmental health
  • Saved $60,000 by converted original heart pine joists used in the construction of the iconic Tech Tower into treads for building’s monumental staircase

Kendeda Building Videos

Sustainable Sculpture at Georgia Tech
Sustainable Sculpture at Georgia Tech

World-renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty was commissioned by Georgia Tech to create one of his unique, large-scale art installations. "Chip Off the Ole Block” is made entirely of saplings and natural materials that were sourced by volunteers at Serenbe, the new Urbanism community located in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. The large-scale installation enjoys a commanding location on the newest section of Georgia Tech’s Eco-Commons, adjacent to The Kendeda Building.

The New Normal: A Sustainable Response to COVID-19
The New Normal: A Sustainable Response to COVID-19

This documentary features observations made by students, staff, faculty, and building professionals regarding COVID-19, the built environment, and how lessons learned from The Kendeda Building can inform what “the new normal” looks like once we emerge from this crisis. This film is dedicated to Nirmala Patel, Rasik Sheth, and all those we've lost to this pandemic.


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Urban Agriculture at Georgia Tech: Kendeda Building Fall Planting

Urban agriculture gives us an opportunity to connect to our food. At the Kendeda Building, we have three plantings and harvesting a year with the help of student volunteers.