Weintraub Tobin Achieves LEED® Certification from U.S. Green Building Council
January 12 2015
SACRAMENTO, CA (January 12, 2015) – Weintraub Tobin announced today that its Sacramento office now holds certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The LEED green building certification program measures and rates the environmental performance of buildings and interior spaces in six categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design process.
“This certification demonstrates our ongoing commitment to sustainability and we recognize our responsibility to conduct business in a way that protects and improves the state of the environment for our clients, staff and future generations,” said Michael Kvarme, managing partner of Weintraub Tobin. “Sustainability is an evolutionary process of learning and doing and we strive to lessen our environmental footprint and make meaningful changes.”
In 2013, Weintraub Tobin set on a path to make their offices, located at 400 Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento, sustainable and more energy efficient. Under the guidance of Hines, the building’s property management company, Weintraub Tobin undertook several key renovations to two floors of the building. Because the updates occurred in an existing building, the changes did not involve the destruction of habitat or natural resources. Weintraub Tobin also recycled 90 percent of its construction waste rather than sending it to landfills.
At nearly 45,000 gross square feet, Weintraub’s Sacramento office utilizes the California sunshine and makes optimum use of natural lighting. By using glass walls in its conference rooms, kitchens and several interior meeting rooms, the firm minimizes its dependence on artificial lighting. Sensors automatically switch off overhead lights in offices when they are unoccupied and other design strategies employed the use of recycled materials throughout the space. Low VOC materials such as carpet, paints and adhesives were used in an effort to improve occupant health, productivity and well-being. With the use of efficient kitchen and bathroom fixtures, the firm also reduced their water consumption by 20 percent.
“Collaborating with Weintraub Tobin and other tenants to achieve real progress in sustainable building operations is a core part of Hines’ culture and services,” said Kirk Khasigian, Hines’ commercial real estate manager. “We have adopted and will continue to take on innovative practices that improve and embrace sustainability in our buildings.”
There are plans for Weintraub Tobin to extend its sustainability efforts to its other offices in San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach and San Diego.
Hines is a privately owned real estate firm involved in real estate investment, development and property management worldwide. The firm’s historical and current portfolio of projects that are underway, completed, acquired and managed for third parties includes 1,317 properties representing more than 541 million square feet of office, residential, mixed-use, industrial, hotel, medical and sports facilities, as well as large, master-planned communities and land developments. Currently, Hines manages 391 properties totaling 161 million square feet, which includes 89.1 million square feet for third parties. With offices in 115 cities in 18 countries, and controlled assets valued at approximately $28.2 billion, Hines is one of the largest real estate organizations in the world. Hines is also a world leader in sustainable real estate strategies, with extensive experience in LEED®, ENERGY STAR®, BREEAM, Haute Qualité Environnementale and DGNB green building rating systems. Visit www.hines.com for more information.
About Weintraub | Tobin
With offices in Sacramento, San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, and San Diego, the Weintraub Tobin Law Corporation combines its shared vision and pledges to be an innovative provider of sophisticated legal services to dynamic businesses and business owners, as well as non-profits and individuals with litigation and business needs. The firm continues its long-time and strong support of the communities in which its attorneys live and work. Visit weintraubstage.wpengine.com for more information.