HOUSTON, TX (PRWEB) April 30, 2013
Crescent Real Estate Holdings announced today that it’s entire 10-building office campus, Greenway Plaza, completed U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification. LEED certification is an internationally recognized green building certification system providing third-party verification that a building employs strategies to improve energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, and indoor environmental quality. These strategies can be implemented through building design, operations and maintenance. The Green Building Council takes into account the overall environment of an office building, including reduction of emissions from building operations and managing waste through recycling efforts.
Greenway Plaza’s original design as an office park with large lawns, trees and a network of internal roadways connecting to underground parking established a ‘green culture’ at Greenway Plaza. Current commitment to provide easy access to major freeways and mass transportation adds commuting options to employees and visitors of Greenway Plaza and another layer of environmental sensitivity. Maintenance and operations at the environmentally friendly setting is consistent with the LEED program, according to Dennis Cruse, energy services manager and sustainability business owner for Crescent.
“Along with our energy efficient and now completely LEED certified 10 buildings, our office campus has plenty of green space, including the largest green roof in Texas covering underground parking. We also have the most convenient mass transportation options for customers,” said Cruse. “Crescent and Greenway Plaza’s environmentally friendly options are part of the conveniences and benefits we provide our customers and visitors to the Greenway Plaza buildings.”
Crescent Real Estate Equities Limited Partnership, which manages and, through its affiliates, owns the Greenway Plaza master planned office campus, sought LEED recognition for Greenway Plaza. However, beyond recognition, achieving environmentally friendly options has a significant business advantage for Class A commercial buildings, according to Bob Carlen, vice president of property management for Crescent.
“Crescent is committed to environmental sustainability and being a responsible environmental leader among existing office buildings,” Carlen said. “Conducting ourselves as good environmental stewards is the right thing to do for the environment. At the same time, environmental leadership and energy savings is a sound business practice that helps our customers reduce costs and improve their bottom line.”
Another example of a continuing environmental commitment is Greenway Plaza’s twice annual electronics collection events. Greenway Plaza kicked off this year’s fifth anniversary of the E-Cycle events on April 18, just prior to Earth Day. The event collected more than 12 tons of materials from customers and nearby residents of the Greenway Plaza community. This brings the office campus’ five-year total to approximately 117,000 tons of electronic materials properly disposed, recycled or otherwise diverted from land fills. Greenway Plaza will host its next E-Cycle day on October 24, 2013.
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, and operations and maintenance solutions. For more information, refer to http://www.usgbc.org or http://www.northtexasgreencouncil.org.
ABOUT GREENWAY PLAZA
Greenway Plaza, Houston’s premier master planned business development, is a 10-building complex featuring 4,250,641 square feet of Class A office space. The campus is also home to The Shops at Greenway, which include a unique selection of retail options and a full service food court. Located just five miles southwest of downtown Houston, the 55-acre business park and mix-use community includes residential condominiums, a luxury hotel and comprehensive athletic/social club, and provides easy access to major thoroughfares and convenient transportation alternatives. For more information, visit Greenway Plaza’s web site at http://www.greenwayplaza.com
Crescent Real Estate Holdings LLC, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is a fully-integrated real estate company owned by Barclays Capital and Goff Capital. Through its subsidiaries, Crescent owns or manages a portfolio of 25 premier office buildings totaling over 9.2 million square feet located in select markets across the United States with major concentrations in Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, Denver and Las Vegas. Crescent also holds investments in resort residential developments in locations such as Scottsdale, Vail Valley, and Lake Tahoe; a luxury hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas; and the wellness lifestyle leader, Canyon Ranch®. For more information, visit Crescent's Web site at http://www.crescent.com.