The planning, design and construction of the international terminal reflect the City of Atlanta’s and Hartsfield-Jackson’s commitment to sustainability. Many innovative, environmentally friendly elements of the project will help reduce its overall carbon footprint and ensure its sustainability for years to come.
LEED certification: The international terminal is on track to earn Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
Construction: Contractors were required to use recycled and/or regionally produced construction materials and sustainable-certified wood products. Construction waste management programs diverted as much as 75 percent from disposal.
Water reclamation: One of the most impressive sustainability features of the international terminal project is a 25,000-cubic-foot “water box.” The structure collects rainwater from the roof and cleanses it through a series of filters before releasing it back into the environment. The process greatly reduces the building’s environmental impact on surrounding groundwater.
Recycling: The Airport’s recycling program is being extended to the international terminal and Concourse F. The program will include source-separated recycling, organics and composting containers.
Water conservation: Low-flow restroom fixtures throughout the facility, along with highly efficient cooling and heating systems, will cut water usage, saving more than 40,000 gallons annually.
Carbon footprint reduction: Several sustainable-design features of the project will limit the overall greenhouse gases emitted as a result of international terminal operations.
Energy conservation: Environmental conservation played a role in the selection of finishes and building elements, such as insulated glass for the front façade and throughout the building. Energy-efficient lighting and equipment also greatly will reduce the use of electricity and natural gas.
Gate facilities: All Concourse F gates provide preconditioned air and 400 hertz power supplies for aircraft. This cuts jet fuel use dramatically, because aircraft auxiliary power units are not required to power or cool aircraft at the gates.
Plug-in electrical chargers for ground services equipment: These chargers will be available at all Concourse F gates, saving fuel and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Preferential parking for alternative fuel vehicles: The international hourly parking deck will feature 14 close-in parking spaces for alternative fuel vehicles as well as 14 parking spaces for vanpools and carpools.
Indoor air quality: To ensure the quality of indoor air, the international terminal project incorporates low-chemical-emitting paints, sealants, carpeting and adhesives as well as environmentally friendly cleaning products and techniques. Increased ventilation and monitoring of incoming outdoor air also will enhance air quality.
Educational outreach: Quick Read (QR) codes, which passengers can scan with their smartphones, will link to web-based information about sustainability initiatives.