Hines Continues Green Streak in Charlotte with Carillon LEED Gold Certification

International real estate firm Hines reiterated its commitment to sustainability, announcing the LEED Gold Certification of the 24-story Carillon office tower in downtown Charlotte.

International real estate firm Hines reiterated its commitment to sustainability, announcing the LEED Gold Certification of the 24-story Carillon office tower in downtown Charlotte. The announcement came hot on the heels of news that Hines was selected by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) as master developer for the $200 million Gateway Station—the multi-modal transit center anchoring the 20-acre transit-oriented and mixed-use development set to re-energize uptown Charlotte.

Purchased by Hines in 2007, the 24-story corporate office tower has since received the ENERGY STAR® energy performance label yearly. Its current ENERGY STAR® rating of 88 means that the property is 38 percent more energy-efficient than an average office building, generating a $0.66 per-square-foot energy cost saving. All in all, the Carillon’s energy efficiency saves greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual output of 554 passenger vehicles.

Among the green features and practices that earned Carillon Gold under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System are its energy-efficient lighting with reduced mercury content, low-flow water fixtures, an 84 percent waste diversion rate recycling program, the implementation of eco-friendly cleaning practices and products and the Hines signature Green Office for Tenants program, which assists tenants in reducing their environmental footprint.

“Energy savings, equipment efficiencies, water conservation and recycling programs directly benefit the tenants in terms of lower operating costs,” said Hines General Manager Michael Delev in a press release. “In addition, LEED certification strengthens the unique public-private collaborative efforts of the Envision Charlotte program, whose goal is to spur sustainable behaviors and reduce defined environmental resource use and related cost by up to 20 percent within five years in the Uptown Loop.”

Located at 227 W. Trade St. in Charlotte’s downtown submarket, Carillon offers 470,726 square feet of leasable area. Tenants include the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Crescent Resources, Greer & Walker and IBM, among others. Designed by Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates, the office tower features neo-Gothic architectural elements and was completed in 1989.

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