(HOUSTON) – The Houston office of Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that six of its properties in the Greenspoint submarket have earned certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED®for Existing Buildings rating system.
One, Three, Four, Five and Six Greenspoint Plaza were certified to the Gold level, and Two Greenspoint Plaza earned Silver certification.
Comprising 2.1 million square feet of a Class A, multi-tenant office space, the six properties at the Greenspoint Plaza campus have been managed by Hines since the firm acquired them in 1994. These buildings increase the number of LEED certified existing buildings in Houston by 40 percent.
Hines now manages 60 percent of all buildings certified under the LEED for Existing Buildings rating system in the city.
With an average ENERGY STAR score of 94, the buildings are 48 percent more energy efficient and annually save $1.49 per square foot in energy costs when compared to the national average office building. This translates into estimated annual greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing 3,800 cars from the road.
Green features and programs include: annual potable water savings of 3.9 million gallons through low-flow fixtures; the use of energy efficient lighting with reduced mercury content; the use of environmentally sensitive cleaning products; a comprehensive recycling and waste diversion program; and the implementation of a comprehensive and ongoing retro-commissioning program, among other things.
Hines Vice President James Curry said, “We are proud to have achieved such a high level of certification considering the age and diversity of the mechanical system designs across the complex.
The LEED label validates our ongoing efforts to provide tenants with energy efficient, cost-effective and productive work spaces.”
Hines worked closely with Kirksey’s EcoServices group, which played an instrumental role in managing the administrative aspects of the LEED certification process.
Greenspoint Plaza is 99 percent leased to a number of world-class companies, including: ABS; CRI/Criterion, Inc.; ExxonMobil; HighMount Exploration and Production LLC; and Swift Energy Company, among others. The properties are owned by a joint venture between General Motors Pension Fund and 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 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.
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.