(ATLANTA) – The Atlanta office of Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that One Atlantic Center has received Silver certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® rating system for Existing Buildings (EB).
As a result of various upgrades and an intensive retro-commissioning process, One Atlantic Center is 37 percent more energy efficient and annually saves more than $1,000,000 in energy expenses when compared to the national average building.
This translates to greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing 1,500 passenger vehicles from the road.
Hines General Manager Mark Ferris said, “LEED has been the expectation for One Atlantic Center ever since Hines acquired the asset in 2006.
Our tenants deserve the best—in the form of cleaner air, more thoughtful amenities and lower energy costs—and One Atlantic Center now delivers those things in a more comprehensive way.”
One Atlantic Center is a 1.1 million-square-foot, 50-story office building located in Midtown Atlanta.
Designed by renowned architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee, Hines’ U.S. Core Office Fund purchased the property in 2006 and has undertaken numerous energy conservation measures, including: installation of variable frequency drives on the air handler units and outside air fans; installation of a new building management system; and retrofitting several lighting systems.
These projects have resulted in an aggregate savings of approximately two million kilowatt hours per year (a 12.5 percent reduction) since acquisition.
Other sustainability programs include: discounted parking for carpoolers; access to two on-site Zipcars for Zipcar members; and a single-stream recycling program that diverts approximately 50 percent of all office waste from landfills.
Under Hines management, One Atlantic Center also earned the ENERGY STAR® label in 2008 and 2009 for the first time in the building’s 20-year history.
One Atlantic Center is leased to a roster of tenants that includes: Alston & Bird, Bryan Cave, Carlton Fields, DLA Piper, Holland & Knight, Duff & Phelps and Bowne & Co., Inc.
The property is leased by Hines.
Hines is one of the most sustainable real estate companies in the world.
In 2010 Hines was recognized by the EPA, for the third time, with the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award; Hines manages 147 labelled buildings, representing approximately 75 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 192 projects, representing more than 100 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 Indian Green Building Council, the Brazilian Green Building Council, the Italian Green Building Council, the BRE Environmental Assessment Method program in the United Kingdom and the Haute Qualité Environnementale program in France.
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 1,111 properties representing more than 451 million square feet of office, residential, mixed-use, industrial, hotel, medical and sports facilities, as well as large, master-planned communities and land developments. Hines has offices in more than 100 cities in 17 countries and controls assets valued at approximately $22.2 billion. Visit www.hines.com for more information. To learn more about sustainability at Hines, visit www.hines.com/sustainability.