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Sustainability Programs

Hines is committed to managing and operating Columbia Square in a sustainable manner. Below is a list of just a few of the sustainable programs in place at Columbia Square.

  • Columbia Square has earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® label since 2000 and we continue to re-certify our ENERGY STAR designation on an annual basis.
  • USGBC LEED-EB® O&M: Gold. US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Existing Building, Operations and Maintenance gold certification.
  • WELL Health-Safety Rating
  • Base building water fixtures such as toilets and sink aerators have been changed to meet current water conservation requirements.
  • Hines entered an agreement with Pepco for 100% wind energy.
  • Air purification using MERV 15 plus filters. 
  • Smart building energy monitoring programs with Measurable and Cortex help monitor equipment and electricity to help maintain efficiency throughout the building.
  • Chiller Variable Speed Drives reduce energy consumption by controlling the speed of the motor and adjusting the input frequency and voltage.
  • Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) on all Air Handle Units vary the fan speed. By slowing down, the fan draws less power than a constant speed.
  • Condenser/Chill Water Heat Exchanger are used during applicable weather conditions to cool the building. They use significantly less energy and produce little energy pollution compared to chillers.
  • Cooling Tower Variable Frequently Drives (VFD) help adjust the speed of the electrical motor by varying the motor input frequency and voltage. Maintaining optimal water temperature.
  • Advanced Building Management System with Eco Struxure also known as Building Automation System (BAS) monitors and regulates the building air, temperature, electrical and mechanical equipment.
  • An active recycling program that includes mixed paper, co-mingled, cardboard, electronics, and batteries.
  • Light bulb recycling of all base building light fixtures.
  • Green Cleaning processes and products employed by our janitorial staff.
  • Purchase of certified green products for office functions.
  • Electrical Vehicle Car Charging Station.
  • Ecological on-site car washing and detailing service that consumes only 1/4 gallon of water and uses biodegradable products.
  • Green Tenant Construction guidelines.
  • Tenant sustainability education programs.
  • Facility Manager and Office Manager training meetings.
  • Earth Day Fair.
  • Hines GO (Green Office).
  • Hines GO (Green Office) for Tenants.

The Hines Property Management Office is happy to talk to individual tenants wishing to learn aboutvarious programs they can pursue that support sustainable operations for both their own operations and the building.