(CHARLOTTE, NC) – Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that the Carillon building in Charlotte, NC, has received Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings (EB) Rating System.
The 24-story, Class A office tower is located in the downtown submarket of Charlotte.
Designed by Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates, Carillon contains approximately 470,726 rentable square feet and was completed in 1989.
The Carillon building has earned the ENERGY STAR® label every year since its acquisition by Hines in 2007.
With a current rating of 88, the building is 38 percent more energy efficient and annually saves $0.66 in energy costs per square foot when compared to the average U.S. office building.
This translates to estimated annual greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing 554 passenger vehicles from the road.
Green features implemented at Carillon include: energy efficient lighting with reduced mercury content; the use of environmentally sensitive cleaning products and practices; reduction of indoor potable water use through low-flow fixtures; and a comprehensive recycling program, resulting in nearly 84 percent waste diversion.
Additionally, Hines offers its proprietary GREEN OFFICE for Tenants program, which assists in giving tenants options to reduce their carbon footprint.
“Carillon achieving LEED Gold demonstrates our commitment to the environment, as well as our sustainability efforts to our tenants and community.
Energy savings, equipment efficiencies, water conservation and recycling programs directly benefit the tenants in terms of lower operating costs.
In addition, LEED certification strengthens the unique public-private collaborative efforts of the Envision Charlotte program, whose goal is to spur sustainable behaviors and reduce defined environmental resource use and related cost by up to 20 percent within five years in the Uptown Loop,” said Hines General Manager Michael Delev.
Hines Global Sustainability Officer Gary Holtzer added, “By achieving LEED certification at Carillon, the local project team demonstrates to our owners, tenants, prospective tenants and the community that this property is being managed to the highest standards of excellence.”
The building is leased to a notable tenant roster including:
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft; Crescent Resources; Greer & Walker; IBM; LS3P Associates; and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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 177 labelled buildings, representing more than 70 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 198 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 1,208 properties representing more than 488 million square feet of office, residential, mixed-use, industrial, hotel, medical and sports facilities, as well as large, master-planned communities and land developments.
With offices in 104 cities in 18 countries, and controlled assets valued at approximately $23.8 billion, Hines is one of the largest real estate organizations in the world.
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