Becomes First LEED Silver EB Building in Rio de Janeiro
(RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) – The Brazil office of Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that the Coca-Cola Brazil building has received Silver certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings (EB) rating system. Built in 1972, Coca-Cola Brazil has become the first LEED-EB certified property in Rio de Janeiro, and is among the first EB certified projects in Brazil.
The 19-story, 90,415-square-foot office building is located in Rio de Janeiro's prestigious Beaches submarket, directly across Botafogo Bay and the city's landmark Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Hines Brazil has provided property management services for Coca-Cola's Brazilian administrative headquarters since 2003.
Green features and programs for the building include: implementing a comprehensive recycling program; using environmentally sensitive cleaning products and practices; reducing indoor potable water use through low-flow fixtures; and executing several energy conservation measures for the building’s mechanical and electrical systems.
Additionally, Hines offers its proprietary GREEN OFFICE for Tenants program, which assists in giving tenants options to reduce their carbon footprint.
Hines Senior Property Manager Sandra Costa stated, “Hines’ management team is thrilled to be the first to successfully obtain LEED EB Silver certification in Rio.
Our client, Coca-Cola, also values the environment and supports efforts to lead the industry in sustaining our future.”
“Hines is committed to implementing ways to operate our properties to reduce energy consumption, limit water use and minimize waste. This achievement at Coca-Cola Brazil furthers our goal of being an industry leader in sustainability,” added Hines’ Global Sustainability Officer Gary Holtzer.
Hines is one of the most sustainable real estate companies in the world.
In 2012 Hines was recognized by the EPA, for the fifth time, with the ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award. Hines manages 181 labelled buildings, representing more than 73 million square feet, in the ENERGY STAR program.
Twelve Hines development or redevelopment projects, representing more than six million square feet, have been designated as Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.
Hines is also a leader in the U.S. Green Building Council’s programs, with 199 projects, representing more than 101 million square feet that have been certified, pre-certified or registered under the various LEED rating systems.
Hines was a founding member of the German Sustainable Building Council and the Russian Green Building Council, and is active in the Green Building Council Brasil, the Green Building Council España, the Green Building Council Italia, the Indian Green Building Council, the BRE Environmental Assessment Method program in the United Kingdom and the Haute Qualité Environnementale program in France.
To learn more about sustainability at Hines, visit www.hines.com/sustainability.
Hines is a privately owned real estate firm involved in real estate investment, development and property management worldwide. The firm’s historical and current portfolio of projects that are underway, completed, acquired and managed for third parties includes 1,273 properties representing more than 514 million square feet of office, residential, mixed-use, industrial, hotel, medical and sports facilities, as well as large, master-planned communities and land developments.
Currently, Hines manages 406 properties totaling 148.5 million square feet, which includes 78.3 million square feet for third parties.
With offices in 113 cities in 18 countries, and controlled assets valued at approximately $24.3 billion, Hines is one of the largest real estate organizations in the world.
Visit www.hines.com for more information.