A multiyear effort to bolster recycling, indoor pollution control and water conservation programs helped Energy Plaza, the downtown Dallas headquarters of EFH and Luminant, become the first U.S. building to be named a Certified Sustainable Property by the Institute of Real Estate Management.
Leased by Energy Future Holdings and managed by Transwestern, the Energy Plaza facilities team earned the distinction by completing core and elective requirements, including energy and water efficiency, tenant and construction recycling program, indoor air quality and staff education. The facility completed the certification at no major cost since most of the requirements, policies and procedures were already in place through the building’s LEED Gold EB certification.
Energy Plaza has received two LEED Gold certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council since 2008 and in March was named local and regional Outstanding Building of Year in the Earth category by the Building Owners and Managers Association.
EFH’s sustainability focus also extends to TXU Energy’s building in Irving, which achieved LEED Silver status in 2010, and Luminant Academy, the company’s premier training facility, which was the first LEED-certified facility in Tyler. In July 2013, EFH’s Mesquite Data Center achieved LEED Silver Certification; that building also has received Energy Star recognition for the past two years from the Environmental Protection Agency.
“We congratulate all those involved in Energy Plaza’s efforts to secure our certification, confident that those efforts will contribute to many desirable outcomes, including, most notably, positive impact on the precious and increasingly threatened environment that we all share,” said IREM 2014 President Joseph Greenblatt, CPM.
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