Located nine miles northeast of downtown Dallas, the LORD Green Real Estate Strategies, Inc. headquarters is a 6,663 square foot, mid-century modern style building. The building, originally constructed in 1959, has undergone considerable renovations as well as additions in 2006 and 2013. LORD Green Strategies purchased the building in 2017 in order to fit the growing needs of the company and with the intention to incorporate the sustainable practices and strategies we have developed and offered to our clients for more than ten years. To further demonstrate our commitment to sustainability, and to assess applicability of various certification systems, we are seeking to achieve all relevant green building certifications for our headquarters, including BREEAM USA-In Use.
In order to achieve a Good rating, several improvements were implemented throughout the space. This included a whole building LED retrofit, the installation of a weather-based irrigation controller, and the addition of secure bicycle storage. Many existing sustainable features at the building also contributed to earning the Good rating, including close proximity to public transport, operable windows, and planted areas with native plants and a shaded outdoor space for employees.
The holistic assessment approach, which addresses areas such as resilience and health and well-being, resulted in a more comfortable and resilient work environment. Additionally, the certification framework helped guide the project team and establish many policies and procedures such as an environmental management policy and a sustainable procurement policy.
The BREEAM rating system provides the tools and guidance to increase building performance over time. The project team plans to pursue a higher benchmark rating within three years as well as pursue Part 3 Occupier Management to further demonstrate our commitment to sustainability.
On December 4th, Breana Wheeler of BRE presented our team with a certificate and congratulated us on our success. A BREEAM plaque will hang proudly in our space to recognize this achievement.
Thank you to our Director of Green Building Certifications, Alex Herold, and the entire LORD Green Strategies team for their hard work that went into achieving this prestigious certification!
For more information on the project, we invite you to check out this case study: https://www.breeam.com/case-studies/offices/lord-green-strategies-hq-usa/