The Energy Plaza building, a 49-story office property located at 1601 Bryan Street in downtown Dallas, has become the first building in the United States to be awarded the IREM Certified Sustainable Property certification by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Owned by Energy Future Holdings and managed by Transwestern, AMO, the building has met the diverse but attainable requirements of the certification – drawn from categories ranging from energy and water conservation to waste and tenant engagement – that distinguish the property as a high-performance building.

Dallas Energy  PlazaEnergy Plaza was designed by I.M. Pei and Partners, and at 630 ft, it’s the ninth tallest building in Dallas. The building was completed in 1983 for the Atlantic Richfield Company to be used as their regional headquarters. The building’s original name was the ARCO Tower. Energy Future Holdings, Oncor Electric Delivery,, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), are the primary tenants.

The IREM Certified Sustainable Property certification is a mark of distinction for high performing, sustainable buildings recognized by IREM’s international community of over 19,000 real estate professionals. The certification is pragmatic, action-oriented and attainable for most building types.

“We congratulate all those involved in Energy Plaza’s efforts to secure our certification, confident that those efforts will contribute to many desirable outcomes, including, most notably, positive impact on the precious and increasingly threatened environment that we all share,” commented IREM President Joseph Greenblatt.

David Bryant, Senior Property Manager with Transwestern, said, “Energy Future Holdings and Transwestern have a long-standing commitment to sustainability, and we are thrilled that IREM is recognizing our efforts to ensure Energy Plaza is an environmentally friendly, sustainable workplace.”

Energy Plaza earned the certification by completing core and elective requirements, some of which include energy and water efficiency, tenant and construction recycling program, indoor air quality and staff education. The Energy Plaza was able to quickly complete the certification at no major cost since most of the requirements, policies and procedures were already in place through the building’s LEED Gold EB certification.

The IREM Certified Sustainable Property certification is part of a program called IREM Sustainability, designed to help property managers and other practitioners strive for more-efficient, value-enhanced buildings. The program consists of three integrated parts: a web-based sustainability management platform, a challenge competition, and the property-level certification.

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