Carillon building achieves LEED Gold certification

November 30, 2012

The Carillon building in Charlotte, North Carolina, has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-level certification from the United States Green Building Council. Gold is the second highest green-building rating systems available under LEED, which is internationally recognized as a trusted entity of sustainability construction practices.

"LEED certification is the most effective and comprehensive tool available to make existing buildings operate more efficiently," Emily Scofield, executive director of the USGBC Charlotte Region Chapter, told the news source. "Additionally, LEED for Existing Buildings: Operation and Maintenance is a proven approach to enhancing the indoor air quality to improve occupant satisfaction and performance. The USGBC Charlotte Region Chapter commends Hines and the team led by Mike Delev on achieving LEED Gold for the Carillon building."

The building was purchased by the Hines organization in 2007. Since then, the 24-story corporate office has received ENERGY STAR recognition annually for efficient performance. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, office buildings consume more energy than another other type of commercial space in the nation despite only encompassing the second most square feet.
The Charlotte Business Journal reports that the renovations to the Carillon building will save the company 66 cents per square foot in energy costs in comparison to the average office building. In addition, the structure's new recycling programs will divert 84 percent of all generated waste away from local landfills.

"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."

The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) was first conceived by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as an Energy-Regional Innovation Cluster. The agency works to promote the integration of green energy technology into commercial building design. While the Hines organization current owns and operates 177 buildings across the United States, with more than 70 million square feet in the ENERGY STAR program, it is constantly looking for help from outside, community-based, programs.