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Office Tower Earns 94 On Energy Star

The 48-story, 1.25 million-square-foot office tower at 101 California in San Francisco first earned an Energy Star rating in 2003. Since then, the building has achieved more than $15 million in energy savings, and is now rated at 94 on the Energy Star scale. The multitenant building, owned and managed by Hines, also recently achieved a Certified rating with the LEED for Existing...




The 48-story, 1.25 million-square-foot office tower at 101 California in San Francisco first earned an Energy Star rating in 2003. Since then, the building has achieved more than $15 million in energy savings, and is now rated at 94 on the Energy Star scale. The multitenant building, owned and managed by Hines, also recently achieved a Certified rating with the LEED for Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance system.

The building, which opened in 1982, underwent a recommissioning process last year that yielded further gains in efficiency. "The recommissioning process is an often overlooked best operating practice due to its perceived cost and the unfamiliarity of most owners and managers with the process," says David Koch, director of property management at Hines. "As a result of the operating standards we have in place, however, the recommissioning process was faster, smoother and less expensive than it might have been."

Other green strategies that helped achieve LEED certification include green cleaning and recycling and composting programs. The recycling and composting programs have increased the property's diversion rate to more than 70 percent, saving $250,000 per year, and preventing more than 700 tons of waste from going into landfills.

The facility won first place in 2008 and 2009 in the San Francisco Building Owners and Managers Association Earth Awards competition.

The building is 95 percent leased, with current tenants including Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley.


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