Tour Carpe Diem Becomes First Tower in France to Achieve LEED® Platinum Certification

(PARIS, FRANCE) – Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that Tour Carpe Diem in Paris-La Défense has received Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Core & Shell (CS) Rating System.

The building is owned by AVIVA and Crédit Agricole Immobilier. Hines France served as development manager for the new office building, which was just completed and will soon be occupied.

The 40-story, 507,000-square-foot building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, was previously pre-certified at the Gold level and is now the first Platinum-certified LEED Core & Shell high-rise building in France.

Green features implemented at Tour Carpe Diem include a triple-glazed curtain wall which incorporates sunshades that respond to the solar orientation of each façade. Innovative grills provide natural ventilation to reduce dependence on air conditioning. The lobby garden is irrigated using captured rainwater, and the toilets use recycled greywater for flushing. Additional sustainable design strategies include solar water heating, a heat recovery system and high-performance lighting.

“Our team, including architects, engineers, contractors and Atelier Ten’s New York office, who managed the certification process, is very proud of this accomplishment. This certification gives our project international exposure and we would like to thank the investors for their confidence,” said Hines France Director Franck Laget.

Hines Global Sustainability Officer Gary Holtzer added, “Hines, together with AVIVA and Crédit Agricole Immobilier, is pleased to be able to lead the industry around the world in terms of sustainable development practices. Achieving this certification is a strategic advantage in the France real estate market where awareness of sustainability, environmental performance and occupant productivity is growing among tenants.”

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

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 for more information.

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