CEMEX USA has announced that its Houston headquarters is the company’s first office globally to achieve the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) gold certification. This is a worldwide designation for high-performance buildings, looking at reducing environmental impact during planning, construction, and occupancy stages.
Executives at the company, including its president, Ignacio Madridejos, hosted a celebration on 19 February to recognise the accomplishment. It was awarded a plaque from the USGBC to display the building’s new certification.
Collaborating with architects at Inventure Design of Houston, CEMEX USA developed its company offices on two floors of the six storey building in Memorial City. Showcasing the versatility of CEMEX products, the design creates state-of-the-art workspaces. An iconic spiral staircase is designed to look like a ‘poured in place’ concrete product and links the CEMEX USA offices on the second and third floors. The staircase also features a handrail that is made of rebar, while the hallways of the office feature exposed polished concrete floors.
The company’s corporate office has used the office since January 2017 with overall more than 240 000 ft2 of space. Comprised of 20% recycled materials, the structure also has several additional sustainable qualities to achieve the LEED gold certification. The building, which is owned and operated by MetroNational, accomplished a 52% power reduction. The company has also noted that all electric equipment in the structure meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® certification. Water consumption has been reduced by one third, with the use of efficient fixtures. In addition, nine out of ten work areas in the CEMEX USA offices receive natural sunlight.
The company has stated that it promotes sustainability and conservation globally, as a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The company requires any new corporate office or major renovation to secure some type of green building certification.
“At CEMEX, our operations work each day with sustainability in mind, and that is no different at our US corporate headquarters,” said Ignacio Madridejos, President of CEMEX USA. “We are focused on reducing our environmental impact and we are proud to work in a building that aligns with those values.”
“MetroNational would like to congratulate our longtime tenant, CEMEX USA, on earning this prestigious certification for its corporate office,” said Jason Johnson, President of MetroNational. “Like CEMEX USA, MetroNational is also committed to green building practices and sustainability throughout the Memorial City development.”
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