Houston’s LEED Certified Office Buildings
Today, I read an article on-line that the city of Miami was getting its first new LEED Certified Office Building, which seemed kind of surprising since there have been many office buildings in the Houston market that have attained some level of LEED certification.
Why does Houston have its fair share of LEED certified office projects? One of the world’s leaders in sustainable office development and ownership has been Houston based Hines. When you scan the list of office buildings in Houston that have attained LEED certification you will notice many projects that were either developed by Hines or are currently managed by the Houston based developer. These include some of Houston most high profile office projects such as Chase Tower, Bank of America Center and Williams Tower as well as the newest “Green” office project, Main Place which is very near completion.
What is LEED?
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) which provides third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
There are four levels of certification:
- LEED Certified 26 – 32 points
- Silver Level 33 – 38 points
- Gold Level 39 – 51 points
- Platinum Level 52+ points (69 possible)