Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

37.9M+ square feet in design or under development
334 number of green certified buildings in 2017
98 total number
of Hines LEED®
What We Said:
Hines will continue testing electrochromic and building-integrated photovoltaic glass, and explore design features and certifications that focus on occupant health and wellness.
What We Did:
Installed electrochromic glass in the skylight window panels on the top floor of 609 Main at Texas, and continued to test glass technologies at our headquarters. Partnered as a Founding Alliance Member of the Well Living Lab to support a scientific approach of exploring opportunities to improve the health and well-being of our clients and tenants, and registered several buildings for WELL certification.
What’s Next?
Hines will identify additional glass technologies to test and will work with manufacturers to reduce the cost premium. Hines will support buildings and property management teams in their efforts to provide amenities and services that enhance the health and well-being of our clients and tenants, and evaluate wellness certifications on a project-by-project basis. We will also continue to increase our development expertise in newer asset classes for the firm, including seniors and student housing.

Cherrywood Town Centre will be a 538,195-square-foot, retail-led mixed-use town center with approximately 1,300 apartments, a 200-key hotel, 118,403 square feet of office space and 215,278 square feet for other uses.

  • Introduction
  • Hines Conceptual Construction
  • Partnering to Design Buildings that
    Promote Wellness for Work and Home
  • Green Rated Buildings
  • Green Building Certifications
  • New Sustainability Certifications in 2017
  • Dynamic Design: 609 Main at Texas
  • Convenient, Connected Living for Students and Seniors
Masterplan for Mixed-Use on Transit in South Dublin

For 60 years, Hines has developed landmark properties that deliver value to our investors, enhance our communities and pioneer sustainable practices. Cherrywood Town Centre will provide an innovative urban-living experience as part of Hines’ residential, commercial and retail vision for the 390-acre Cherrywood master-planned community.

A green, vegetated roof on the develop­ment will provide microclimates for insect, birds and other species, while optimizing thermal comfort and reducing surface water run-off from rainfall. Water consumption will be minimized through the specification of low-flow fixtures, while external landscaping will be native and adaptive to limit irrigation.

A Building Energy Rating of A3 has been targeted as a minimum for all residential units, and will go beyond compliance with the Building Regulations Act 2011, a regional energy code. Cogeneration will provide an efficient source for residential unit heating and hot water. To minimize heat loss, insulation materials will target U-values that exceed building regulation standards. Furthermore, air tightness will be ensured by minimizing air leakage through efficient design aspects, such as underfloor piping, and thermal comfort will be supported by drawing fresh air into the apartment via background ventilation. Photovoltaic panels will also supplement the energy system.

Hines Conceptual Construction

Hines’ new development and recommissioned projects are able to achieve exceptional efficiency due in large part to the depth of knowledge and more than 377 years of collective experience of the Conceptual Construction group, spanning six decades. Composed of 14 team members based in Houston, this group supports development teams across all regions as they coordinate and direct all aspects of the design process, as well as contractor and subcontractor bidding and negotiations.

Areas of expertise, research and innovation include new construction systems design as well as constructability, testing, commissioning and operational efficiency. Many manufacturers work with Hines to evaluate and test new prototypes, and Hines often provides operating feedback on equipment to the manufacturers. The Conceptual Construction group partners with the world’s finest architects, engineers and designers to provide the highest level of sustainable design, and has joined with academic collaborators in forward-looking research and in educating the next generation.

Green-Rated Buildings

Hines actively pursues green building standards and certifications that are appropriate for the project type and consistent with investor interests. Prominent international rating systems include: LEED®, U.S.; ENERGY STAR®, U.S.; BREEAM, UK; HQE, France; DGNB, Germany; and India Green Building Council (IGBC).

Green Building Certifications

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New Sustainability Certifications in 2017


Aercap House, Dublin
122 Leclerc, Paris
101 California, San Francisco*


135 S. State College (Brea Place), Brea, CA
145 S. State College (Brea Place), Brea, CA
1001 McKinney, Houston*
522 Fifth Avenue, New York City
550 Terry Francois, San Francisco
345 Hudson, New York City
131 South Dearborn, Chicago


Fuse Cambridge, Cambridge, MA
Carillon, Charlotte, NC*
One Ravinia Drive, Atlanta


Two Ravinia Drive, Atlanta


Kobmagergade 32, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kobmagergade 41, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kobmagergade 29, Copenhagen, Denmark
Grafton Street 21–23 and 24 Duke Street, Dublin
Creation Arcade, Dublin
Atlas House, London
Perspective Défense, Colombes, France
QUADRANS–Paris 15e, Paris


KÖ Quartier, Düsseldorf, Germany


122 Leclerc, Paris
QUADRANS–Paris 15e, Paris

Some performance-based green building certifications, such as LEED for Operations and Maintenance (O+M), require recertification at regular intervals. Properties marked with an asterisk(*) above indicate recertifications obtained in 2017.

Kobmagergade 29, Copenhagen, Denmark (top left); Perspective Défense, Colombes, France (top right); KÖ Quartier, Düsseldorf, Germany (bottom left) and One Ravinia Drive, Atlanta (bottom right).

Convenient, Connected Living for Students and Seniors

Hines has accelerated its growth into the student housing sector in the UK and Ireland with the launch of a new operating platform, Aparto, a brand focused on creating a strong sense of community. With acquisitions and new developments, a total of over 3,600 beds (2,000 in the UK and 1,600 in Ireland) are being delivered under the Aparto brand between 2017 and 2019.

Vogue Studios, Brighton, UK Vogue Studios is a 48-unit student housing project in Brighton, UK. The building was constructed using a panelized timber-frame system, which won an Offsite Award for Best Hybrid Technology. The building also achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

Sunrise at East 56th Street, New York
Hines and partner Welltower Inc., are developing a 15-story, 130,000-square-foot property at 139 East 56th Street in midtown Manhattan.

Globally, the senior demographic is growing faster than any other age group, and seniors are living longer across the world. Hines is creating better senior housing, offering the appropriate care, wellness, programming and community interaction that will support our seniors.

Our first senior housing project, in partnership with Welltower Inc., is Sunrise at East 56th Street in Manhattan. Hines is pursuing WELL certification for this project, which will offer its occupants a suite of features including nutritious food and beverage options, a wellness center, art studio and circadian rhythm timed lighting, among other features.