Rare LEED Certification Awarded to Hines’ BG Group Place

By Georgiana Mihaila, Associate Editor Hines’ newest U.S. skyscraper, BG Group Place, has received a Platinum-level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Core & Shell rating system. The rare distinction places the downtown skyscraper among the only three [...]

Hines’ newest U.S. skyscraper, BG Group Place, has received a Platinum-level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Core & Shell rating system. The rare distinction places the downtown skyscraper among the only three buildings in the world to recieve the certification out of a total of 3,373 that have been registered.

The 46-story office tower at 811 Main St. was initially dubbed MainPlace, but was renamed one year ago, following the BG Group’s signing of a lease to occupy 164,000 square feet of the 1 million-square-foot building. Among its sustainable features and programs, BG Group Place has a fully vegetated green roof, a landscaped “skygarden” terrace, highly efficient heating and ventilation systems, a condensate recovery system, and façade sunshades that result in as much as 40 percent of the building façade being protected from solar heat gain without losing daylight.

Designed by Pickard Chilton, the elegant glass-and-steel building features a dramatic cutaway notch on the 39th floor. Developed by Hines for the Hines CalPERS Green Fund, the project was designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR; if its performance matches the developer’s expectations, the building will be 53 percent more energy efficient than the national average.

This is not the first Hines building in downtown Houston to be awarded a Platinum certification, as 717 Texas has been rated Platinum for Existing Buildings in December 2010. International real estate firm Hines is known as one of the most sustainable real estate companies in the world and was recognized by the EPA in 2011 with the ENERGY STAR Sustained Energy Award.