The Madrid office of Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that Tripark Las Rozas has received Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® for Core & Shell (CS) rating system. The property is the first in Spain to have achieved Gold certification.
Hines Managing Director Fernando Arenas said, "This certification gives Hines a strategic advantage in the Spanish real estate market where awareness of sustainability, environmental performance and occupant productivity is growing among leading tenants."
Sustainable features include: façade design solutions to reduce thermal gain; floorplate depths that maximize natural light; photovoltaic energy; photocatalytic filters installed in air conditioning ducts; non-toxic materials; bicycle storage with changing rooms and shower facilities; and water-saving technologies, among other things.
Hines entered the Spanish market with a strategic investment in Barcelona in 1995. That investment, known as Diagonal Mar, centered on 84 acres of land fronting the Mediterranean Sea. The project is one of Europe's largest mixed-use developments totaling over four million square feet consisting of a retail and leisure center, five residential phases, three hotels, three office buildings and the third-largest public park in Barcelona.
In 2000, Hines expanded its operations in Spain by opening a Madrid office, and in 2004, a Marbella office. Today, Hines Spain has more than 25 employees involved in development, leasing, financing and asset management.