Houston tower a 'golden' office

A Houston office tower has earned a major green building honor.

Burton Construction's One Grove Street received LEED gold certification, according to a press release.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the leading program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

In the heart of Houston's Upper Kirby District, One Grove Street is a 626,378-square-foot, 17-story, Class A office tower. The project's scope includes ten levels of integrated parking, ground floor retail space and 250,000 square feet of office space.  

The project is part of the Kirby Grove mixed-use environment that includes another one of Burton Construction's projects, the redevelopment of Levy Park.

One Grove Street achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 82,800 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 15.7 billion commercial square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 162 countries and territories.

"Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and it influences others to do better," said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council. "Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Burton Construction demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification."

Several of Burton Construction's projects have received LEED accreditation. Det Norske Veritas, a 96,000-square-foot, Class A office building, was gold-certified for its core, shell and tenant interiors. Oak Park Plaza, a 60,000-square-foot office building in the Westchase District received silver certification, and the 25,000-square-foot Altus Baytown Diagnostic Center also received gold certification for its core, shell and tenant interiors.  

Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Construction Firms, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Engineering Firms, Great Commercial Buildings, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Office Buildings, Sustainable Communities, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC, Water Saving Strategies and Devices

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