Sustainability is built
into our culture, from
the ground up.

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Our vision is to be the best real estate investor, partner, and manager in the world. We live that vision every day, and we’re passionate about applying our creativity, engineering, and commitment to excellence to creating the best places for people to live and work.

Jeffrey C. Hines, President and CEO
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Our firm

Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment, development, and management firm. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Hines is one of the largest and most respected real estate organizations in the world.

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Sustainability
at Hines

Hines has helped pioneer sustainability in real estate since the very beginning. It’s our company mission to improve the quality of the built environment, employ the highest ethical standards in all the work we do, minimize our environmental footprint, and contribute to the communities where we operate.

  • 1957
    Mechanical Engineer Gerald D. Hines founds the company with an eye toward energy efficiency.
  • 1961

    Gerald Hines addresses the Houston Chapter of ASHRAE about providing high-quality architecture and engineering to the public with a responsibility to the future.

  • 1975

    Pennzoil Place in Houston, designed by Johnson/Burgee Architects, sets a new standard for architectural excellence in speculative office buildings. New York Times architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable dubs it the “Building of the Decade.”

  • 1978

    Gerald Hines addresses the Houston Chapter of ASHRAE about providing high-quality architecture and engineering to the public with a responsibility to the future.

  • 1992
    Hines develops indoor air guidelines before the EPA issues its standards.
  • 1994

    Hines implements environmental and engineering accountability protocols for its Engineering Standards

  • 1996

    Hines develops the Cesar Pelli–designed Owens Corning World Headquarters in Ohio with the first raised-floor technology in North America.

  • 1997

    Hines hosts its first Modern Buildings Prototype Conference with experts in efficient design from the Rocky Mountain Institute and Gensler, among others.

  • 1997

    The University of Houston names its School of Architecture in honor of Gerald Hines.

  • 1998

    The University of Houston names its School of Architecture in honor of Gerald Hines.

  • 1999

    The University of Houston names its School of Architecture in honor of Gerald Hines.

  • 1999

    Hines designs 560 Mission in San Francisco to use 100% outside air in its HVAC system, enhancing indoor air quality.

  • 1999

    Hines designs 560 Mission in San Francisco to use 100% outside air in its HVAC system, enhancing indoor air quality.

  • 1999

    Hines develops 600 13th Street in Washington, D.C., with electronic air-cleaning technology, significantly improving indoor air quality.

  • 1999

    Hines develops the 55-story Main Tower in Frankfurt, Germany, with operable windows.

  • 1999

    Hines incorporates operable windows into Uptown München, one of the tallest towers in Bavaria.

  • 2000

    Hines reconvenes the Modern Buildings Prototype Conference in Denver and develops the Hines Best Practices program with industry experts.

  • 2000

    Hines develops its CFC Management Guidelines, resulting in a 62% reduction in the release of harmful CFCs over the next four years.

  • 2000

    Hines works with 3M Mexico to dramatically reduce energy consumption and receives an award from the Mexican government.

  • 2001

    The EPA names Hines ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.

  • 2001

    Hines manages nearly a quarter of all nongovernment commercial office space that is ENERGY STAR labeled.

  • 2002

    Gerald Hines is awarded the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.

  • 2002

    Hines funds the ULI/ Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition.

  • 2002
    Hines’ participation represents 30% (by square footage) of the USGBC’s LEED for Existing Buildings Pilot Study.
  • 2002

    Hines named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the second consecutive year.

  • 2003

    Hines develops Metropolitan in Warsaw, designing for more natural light than any other building in Poland.

  • 2003

    Hines completes multiple phases of the major, mixeduse brownfield redevelopment project Diagonal Mar in Barcelona.

  • 2003

    Hines named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the second consecutive year.

  • 2004

    Hines becomes the first real estate firm to win ENERGY STAR’s Sustained Excellence Award for long-term commitment to conservation.

  • 2005
    The Hines-developed 1180 Peachtree Tower is the first high-rise office building to be pre-certified Silver in LEED’s Core & Shell Rating System.Later that year it achieves LEED Gold.
  • 2005

    The Hines-developed One South Dearborn in Chicago is the first high-rise office building in Illinois to be precertified LEED Silver.

  • 2006

    Hines’ executive leadership makes a firm-wide commitment to pursue LEED certification on all new projects.

  • 2006

    The Hines-developed Tower 333 in Bellevue, WA, is the first high-rise office building on the West Coast to be recertified LEED Silver.

  • 2006

    The Hines-developed mixed-use mega-project Porta Nuova in Milan is the first in Italy to adopt the LEED standard.

  • 2006

    Porta Nuova’s Cesar Pelli–designed office towers are pre-certified LEED Gold.

  • 2006

    Hines partners with California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) to establish the nation’s first green real estate development fund.

  • 2007

    Hines founds the German Sustainable Building Council with other partner organizations.

  • 2008

    Gerald Hines receives the first-ever Visionary Leadership in Real Estate Development Award from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

  • 2008

    Hines is recognized by CoStar as the #1 developer and owner of green office buildings in the U.S.

  • 2008

    Global Green USA presents Hines with the Green Building Design Award at their Sustainable Design Awards program.

  • 2008

    Tripark August is the first LEED pre-certified office project in Barcelona.

  • 2008

    Tripark August is distinguished as the Most Sustainable Development Project (Non-Residential) by Barcelona Meeting Point.

  • 2009

    Hines unveils the GREEN OFFICE™ Program for tenants to enhance the sustainable features and operations of its office space.

  • 2009

    Hines unveils the GREEN OFFICE™ Program for tenants to enhance the sustainable features and operations of its office space.

  • 2011
    Hines unveils the GREEN OFFICE™ Program for tenants to enhance the sustainable features and operations of its office space.
  • 2012

    Hines publishes its first sustainability report based on the GRI framework.

  • 2012

    Hines receives the LEED Sustained Excellence award for the fifth time.

  • 2013

    Gerald Hines receives the President’s Award from the USGBC.

  • 2016

    Hines appoints its first Innovation Officer.

  • 2016

    Gerald D. Hines receives Asia Society Texas Center’s Roy M. Huffington Award for Contributions to International Understanding.

  • 2017

    Hines invests in Fifth Wall, a real estate venture capital firm.

  • 2017

    Hines becomes Founding Alliance Member of Well Living Lab.

  • 2017

    Hines hires its first Director of Diversity & Inclusion.

  • 2017

    The Hines Pan-European Core Fund is named a Private Diversified Global Sector Leader by GRESB for its commitment to sustainability.

  • 2018

    Hines provides a three-year, $90,000 gift to create the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Hines Innovation Grants

  • 2018

    Hines receives the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for the 11th time.

Our focus areas

At Hines, we prioritize the sustainability impacts and opportunities we believe matter most to our business, stakeholders, and communities by focusing on five key areas.

Our People

Our People

Hines’ focus on the human side of sustainability inspires us
to create great living and working environments for our
tenants and employees.

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Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship

Our sustainable approach to real estate is good for
people and the environment — and makes good
business sense.

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Innovation and Technology

Innovation and Technology

Hines is at the forefront of new and better ways to
build green and invest in the future of green building.
 

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Responsible Investment

Responsible Investment

We focus on resilience and evaluate the
environmental, social, and governance factors of
every Hines investment.

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Giving Back

Giving Back

Our legacy of corporate philanthropy and
employee volunteering enhances lives and
communities.

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2018 Sustainability Report

Since our founding in 1957, quality, efficiency and integrity have been cornerstones of our business. Today, sustainability is embedded in our operations and decision making. In this report, we detail ways that Hines is continuing to building its capacity to anticipate and adapt to change.

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