Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that its portfolio of developed, owned and/or managed properties in the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® program now exceeds 9.3 million m², representing nearly 200 projects. Portfolio highlights include the following:
- 2.3 million m² have been LEED certified
- 930 thousand m² have been LEED pre-certified
- 6 million m² have been registered and anticipate LEED certification in the next three to 36 months
- 65% of Hines' certified projects achieved a Gold rating
Hines' LEED certified and pre-certified properties can be found in metro areas, including: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Jersey City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, Stamford, Toledo and Washington D.C., in addition, to international locations, such as Calgary, Madrid, Milan and San Luis Potosí.
This past Tuesday, in Milan, Hines hosted a Class A buildings forum keynoted by Cushman & Wakefield CEO John Cushman and Hines Chairman Gerald D. Hines in which the value of sustainability to owners, tenants and investors was discussed. Hines' Porta Nuova project in Milan includes seven office buildings, all of which are to be LEED certified, a first for Italy.
U.S. Green Building Council President, CEO and Founding Chairman Rick Fedrizzi said, "Green buildings are a strategic imperative for leadership organizations in every country around the world. Hines is to be commended for its significant implementation of LEED on a global scale on behalf of companies that measure their success in terms of operational smartness, sensitivity to employee needs and corporate social responsibility."
Hines President and CEO Jeffrey C. Hines said, "LEED has set a global standard in sustainability that is widely recognized by investors, owners and tenants as the new definition of Class A. We helped catalyze this industry shift more than a decade ago, and have developed an extensive repertoire that reflects those evolving standards."
Hines joined the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998 and partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program in 1999. Hines was a founding member of the German Sustainable Building Council, the Italian Green Building Council and the Russian Green Building Council. Hines is a member of the Indian Green Building Council and the Brazilian Green Building Council. Hines is also active in the BRE Environmental Assessment Method program in the United Kingdom and the Haute Qualité Environnementale program in France.