Hines Tops Off Salesforce Tower Chicago, Highlights the Sustainability of the New Tower
Global commercial real estate concern Hines says it has completed concrete core and steel structure for Salesforce Tower Chicago, the 60-story, 1.2 million-square-foot office tower in downtown Chicago. Hines has also released their Embodied Carbon Reduction Guide to educate the industry on embodied carbon and environmental protections and provide the tools and best practices to achieve the industry’s goals for carbon reduction.
Following the best practices outlined in the guide, Salesforce Tower Chicago is the first building in Chicago to require and measure Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to quantify embodied carbon emissions of concrete, steel and other various construction materials.
This led to a 27% reduction in the production of concrete used anda 9% reduction in steel used resulting in a 19% overall reduction in carbon emissions for steel and concrete in comparison to the industry average.
For Salesforce Tower Chicago, this equates to a carbon savings in excess of 7 million kilograms of C02. That is more than 1,500 cars off of the road for a year, or about 800,000 gallons of gas. This accomplishment sets a new industry standard for commercial developments and demonstrates Hines’ commitment to ESG.
Hines Global Head of ESG Peter Epping said, “The built environment is responsible for nearly 40% of all energy-related carbon emissions across the globe, just behind energy and transportation, and that is a sobering statistic. With the success Salesforce Tower Chicago achieved by following our guidebook, we want to demonstrate that it’s technically and commercially feasible to reduce carbon emissions.”
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