Hines’ 525 B Street Awarded LEED® Silver Certification

(SAN DIEGO) – The San Diego office of Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that 525 B Street has received Silver certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® rating system for Existing Buildings (EB).

With an ENERGY STAR score of 93, 525 B Street is 46 percent more energy efficient and annually saves $1.77 in energy costs per square foot when compared to the national average office building.

This translates to estimated annual greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing 295 passenger vehicles from the road.

Under Hines management, 525 B Street earned the ENERGY STAR® label in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Hines Vice President Paul Twardowski said, “The business story this building tells is a compelling one for tenants, owners and investors alike: older buildings can be rehabilitated to Class A quality by applying best engineering practices and through modest investment in more sustainable building infrastructure.”

525 B Street is a 449,184-square-foot, 22-story office building located in downtown San Diego adjacent to the revitalized Gaslamp Quarter.

Originally constructed in 1969 and renovated in 1998 and in 2007, the property was purchased by the Hines’ US Core Office Fund in 2005 and has undertaken numerous sustainability measures, including: the installation of a new cooling tower, new efficient transformers, a new electrical switch gear and upgraded building control systems; a building-wide lighting retrofit; the installation of exterior glass tinting to reduce solar gain; the replacement of exterior window gaskets to reinforce temperature barriers; the installation of low-flow restroom fixtures, submeters and a chemical-free water treatment system to minimize water consumption; a green cleaning program; and a building-wide recycling program, among others.

525 B Street is leased to a roster of tenants that includes: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP; Golden Eagle Insurance Company; Elsevier Inc.; and Navy Human Resources.

Matt Carlson and JP Huntington of Cushman & Wakefield market the building for 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.