• Photo: Jonathan Hillyer

The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design

Atlanta, GA

Business Type

Academic building with classrooms, labs, auditorium, and community spaces


42,500 square feet

The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Institute of Technology is aiming to be one of the first fully certified Living Buildings (along with Net Positive Energy and Net Positive Water) in a hot and humid climate zone.


Lord Aeck Sargent and The Miller Hull Partnership


Georgia Institute of Technology, Donor: The Kendeda Fund



  • Pursuing Beyond Net-Zero Energy
  • Pursuing Net-Zero Water
  • Living Building

Progress Report

As of current energy modeling, EUI is 30
Pursuing Living Building
Pursuing Net Zero Energy
Pursuing Net Zero Water

Special features

  • The building will produce 120% of the energy it uses onsite
  • The building will use the campus chilled water loop as its heat source in the winter via a heat recovery chiller
  • Radiant flooring distributes heating and cooling efficiently
  • 330 kW of rooftop photovoltaic panels create a net positive solar array
  • Onsite energy storage
  • Air curtains at doorways act as a barrier to outside air coming in
  • Condenser water heat recovery
  • Rainwater reclamation for potable uses
  • Composting toilets

Media Coverage

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A Living-Learning Laboratory


Miller Hull Partnership and Lord Aeck Sargent Complete Ultra-Sustainable Building at Georgia Tech


Can Energy-Producing Buildings Work in Swampy South? Atlanta Is Trying


Georgia Tech’s Kendeda Building Sets a High Bar for Regenerative Design


A structure that produces more energy than it uses? In the deep south? Welcome to the Kendeda building.