Commercial, Demand Management, Energy Efficiency - August 19, 2016
Kilroy Realty nabs 2 new LEED certifications
The real estate investment trust recently announced that 469,000 square feet of the office component of its Columbia Square mixed-use development project in Hollywood have earned LEED Gold certifications under the rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Kilroy said in an Aug. 18 news release that the office component is comprised of historic and new office buildings that are leased to several well-known entertainment and media companies, including Viacom and Fender. Sustainable elements were incorporated into all aspects of the building design, the company said.
"Our Columbia Square project demonstrates both best-in-class historic renovation as well as new construction,” Richard Mount, senior vice president of construction services at Kilroy said in a statement. "The LEED Gold certifications for both the new as well as the historic office buildings are the culmination of a focus on sustainability that began at the project’s inception.”
The office buildings, spanning 480,000 square feet, demonstrate environmentally-focused design that includes an innovative variable refrigerant management system; onsite composting; the capability of using 100% outside air for cooling; a large onsite bicycle amenity and electric car charging stations, among other features.
Kilroy has emerged as a leader in energy management; the company was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for its role in the execution of two "green leases," which help commercial building owners and tenants save on energy costs; has saved more than 21.5 million kWh and $3.9 million since the launch of its U.S. EPA Energy Star-backed energy efficiency programs in 2010. Additionally, GRESB, widely recognized as the most rigorous standard for measuring the sustainability performance of real estate companies and funds, named Kilroy the North American leader in sustainability for the past two consecutive years.