UPDATE (April 21, 2015): Energy Plaza recently won the Regional Outstanding Building of the Year award in the Earth category by the Building Owners and Managers Association and will go on to compete at the international level in June.
Thanks to continuing efforts to go green, Energy Plaza, the downtown Dallas headquarters of EFH and Luminant, has been named Outstanding Building of the Year in the Earth category by the Building Owners and Managers Association for two consecutive years. The Earth award recognizes building management teams that preserve and enhance the environment through an all-around sustainability program.
Partnering with Transwestern, the Energy Plaza facilities team has led a multiyear effort to bolster its green initiatives through recycling, indoor pollution control and water conservation programs for the 1.2-million-square-foot building.
Sustainability initiatives include:
- Implementation of summer energy conservation measures, including turning off unnecessary lighting and lowering window shades.
- Performing an energy audit to identify ways to operate the building more efficiently, reducing electrical consumption.
- Retrofitting all four chillers and cooling towers.
- Upgrading exterior irrigation system from spray to drip irrigation and redesigning planters to include more sustainable foliage that requires less change-out.
“This award is the most comprehensive program of its kind in the real estate industry,” said Bob Keith, senior director of facilities and real estate for EFH. “This shows the real estate community and potential clients that we’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint and are serious about sustainability.”
Energy Plaza will go on to compete in the regional competition in April. Regional winners will then compete at the international level in June.
“Our team’s excited about it, and employees should be excited that they’ve got a great place to come to work every day,” Keith added.
Other groups have recently heralded Energy Plaza’s sustainability focus: it was the first U.S. building to be named a Certified Sustainable Property by the Institute of Real Estate Management, and consistently receives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star recognition for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection.
See what Keith says makes Energy Plaza different from other buildings in Dallas: