ot far from the arts and
Buford, one company is
helping clients around the
country achieve national
recognition of a different form – the art of
building environmentally friendly, healthy
Commissioning and Green Building
Solutions (CxGBS) helps clients lower
both construction costs and long-range
maintenance while improving the indoor
environment and quality of life for build-
ing occupants through a process called
“It’s a collaborative team effort in
which you sit down with the owner’s man-
agers, operators and users to define their
expectations and operational criteria for
the project,” H. Jay Enck, founder of
The guidance provided supplements
for both the architect’s aesthetic vision
and the contractor’s budget aims.
“Commissioning is a quality process
which keeps the team focused on the
overall goals including occupant produc-
tivity, quality of life and environmental
impact of the building,” he notes.
Enck, who has 25 years of experience
in engineering,construction and building
operations, has been involved in green
design and sustainable development
since college. He was a charter board
member of the Building Commissioning
Association and founded CxGBS in 2002.
The company’s clients are getting national
Last month, Atlanta’s Balzer
Theater at Herren’s achieved a
in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED®)
Silver certification from the U. S.
Green Building Council (USGBC,)
the first theater in the United
States to earn such an honor.
“We were fairly sure we would certify,”
says John Scott Ross,facilities and produc-
tion manager for the theater, “but the sil-
ver was a big surprise.” LEED® is a volun-
tary national standard which recognizes
high-performance, sustainable buildings.
Certification is awarded after an inde-
pendent review by the USGBC, which
developed the rating.
Enck, who led the commissioning
process for construction of the building,
wasn’t surprised. He is proud of the rain-
water collection system that delivers