By Nashville Business Journal

Freeman Webbâ¿¿s new headquarters in Green Hills was the only building in the United States to be awarded an International Green Apple Environment Award during an awards ceremony in London.

The Gold-LEED certified building was one of 500 worldwide nominations considered by The Green Organisation, a non-profit that promoted environmental best practices.

The 60,000-square-foot building, located at 3810 Bedford Ave., uses 25 percent less energy and 30 percent less water than similar-sized buildings, Freeman Webb said in a news release. Among the features that helped snag the award: a green roof that doubles as an outdoor patio and garden, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems, sensors that turn off lights when nobody is present, the use of recycled materials for construction, and preferred parking spaces for carpoolers and drivers of hybrid vehicles.

Nashville-based Hastings Architecture Associates LLC helped design the building, which was built by Wieck Construction. It opened last year.

⿿There was a need in Nashville for sustainable office space,⿝ Freeman Webb president Kent Burns said in a news release. ⿿Winning a Green Apple Award when competing against sustainable projects around the globe is an absolute privilege. We⿿re happy to bring this award home to Tennessee.⿝

Ten months after opening, the building houses Ovation Inc., Vanderbilt Oncology, Bailey Robinson Holdings, Baptist Sports Medicine, Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets Division and Freeman Webb. About 95 percent of the building is leased. According to LoopNet, the asking lease price for a remaining 3,900-square-foot space is $30 a square foot.

Freeman Webb has also been invited to join National Green Heroes, and will be recognized in November by the United Kingdom⿿s House of Commons, as well as in ⿿The Green Book,⿝ a reference book of environmental best practices put out by The Green Organisation.

⿿It is a constant source of reference among environment professionals, architects, builders, Government departments, universities, the media, reference libraries, etc.,⿝ the organization⿿s director, Roger Wolens, said in a news release. ⿿Freeman Webb have put down a green marker that other American companies should strive to achieve.⿝

Freeman Webb manages 12,000 apartment units nationwide, as well as 1.2 million square feet of commercial property throughout the Southeast.

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