LEED-certified commercial building gets first tenant

January 31, 2013

Commercial building owners are beginning to incorporate the use of energy-efficient technologies, especially in multi-tenant structures. Buildings that are rented out as office space, retail departments or for other commercial enterprises are ideal for sustainable solutions. By including the use of a variety of energy-efficient systems and green materials, a property management company can decrease energy use at the structure and improve the carbon footprint associated with the building. In addition, those companies or organizations renting out the space can decrease operational costs associated with the space and save money that can be better spent on furthering growth.

For example, the Skanska building in Houston, Texas, has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum-certification, according to CP Executive magazine. The commercial building at 3009 Post Oak Boulevard is currently under construction and has officially announced that it has signed its first tenant.

According to the news source, Datacert, a 15-year-old company that is based in Houston is planning to relocate its headquarters in the new LEED-certified building. The business provides enterprise legal management solutions and has signed a long-term lease for 49,824 square feet on the 10th and 11th floors of the structure.

“Our decision to move was driven by the need for more space to accommodate our growth, as well as a desire to have a state-of-the-art workspace that will help us attract and retain top talent and present well to our world-class client base,” said Datacert CFO Alan Harding, according to the news source. “The innovative, green design of 3009 Post Oak Blvd.  will provide our employees with an attractive work environment with lots of natural light that’s in a premier location near Houston’s top amenities.”

The 20-story building contains 302,000-square-feet of space meant to serve local businesses. CP Executive magazine reports that 12 stores of the building are dedicated to office space and the first eight will be used as a parking garage.

More and more commercial buildings are incorporating the use of green technology. Some enterprises are being supported by outside initiatives like the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub). This organization is helping construction professionals and commercial property owners adopt energy-efficient technologies and solutions. Based out of Philadelphia, the organization was established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and it works to promote eco-friendly technologies, materials and building practices in new and existing structures.