Dec. 7, 2009
Pizza Fusion was recently awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for its Atlanta restaurant. This marks the fifth Pizza Fusion location nationally to receive LEED certification.
"It's very rewarding to be the first restaurant in Atlanta to be individually certified under the strict requirements of the LEED program," Jeff Melnick, owner of Pizza Fusion Atlanta, said. "While there are other restaurants in Atlanta located inside LEED certified buildings, Pizza Fusion in Buckhead is the first and only Atlanta restaurant to receive LEED certification for its interior build-out and on-going operations. I'm very proud of the team of people who made this ambition a reality, especially our contractor Joshua Gregory at Batson Cook."
USGBC LEED certification is based on site/location planning, energy conservation, water management, materials usage, indoor environmental quality,and innovation in the design process. Pizza Fusion restaurants feature unique, eco-efficient equipment, techniques and designs.
- Pizza Fusion Atlanta's eco-elements include:
- Countertops made from recycled concrete and glass
- Soy-stained concrete floors
- Tables made from reclaimed wood
- Eco-friendly paints
- Thirty percent recaptured industrial concrete
- Energy Star certified appliances
- Insulation made from recycled blue jeans
- Ceiling baffles made from recycled composite board
- Low voltage, low heat lighting
In the United States, restaurants are the top electricity consumer among retail businesses, accounting for 33 percent of its total consumption. Each restaurant produces an average of 50,000 pounds of waste per year. Pizza Fusion's LEED certified restaurants reduce water waste by 40 percent and electricity consumption by 20 percent annually.