Hines Houston tower gains LEED Platinum EBOM

The office building in downtown Houston has become the first Texas skyscraper to achieve LEED Platinum certification for existing buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The 33-story tower owned by Hines was the first downtown office building to receive LEED certification from the council when it was awarded a Silver certification in early 2009.

Through upgrades and modern fixtures Hines made additional sustainable upgrades to the 696,000-square-foot building and sought recertification as LEED Platinum.

Improvements from the building’s previous Silver certification included an Energy Star rating boost; increased waste diversion rates; further reductions in potable water use inside the building; zero potable water use for exterior landscaping and improvements in green cleaning products and practices.