2 Houston Center
Houston, TX 77010
2 Houston Center, a 40-story, 1.4 million gross square foot building was opened in 1974 as the first building in the Houston Center complex developed by Texas Eastern, designed by William A. Pereira, and engineered by I. A. Namin and Associates.
To achieve this goal, the building had employed outside consultants and engineers to perform retro commissioning and identify all "no cost / low cost" projects the team could undertake immediately. Strategies included low-tech solutions as simple as operating parameters and lighting changes. Changes to lighting were employed using T-8 technologies, motion sensors, and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). All stairwell, garage, restroom, equipment room, and lobby lights have been replaced with either CFLs or T-8 technology. The electrical consumption of public restrooms has been reduced by the installation of motion sensing light switches.
Early dividends have been achieved. Other undertakings such as the installation of variable frequency drives (VFDs) on pumps and cooling tower fans were soon implemented. The most recent show of commitment was the installation of a new high efficiency Trane centrifugal 1,400 ton chiller that uses half the energy of its predecessor.
Additional utility saving efforts included the installation of hands-free flush valve assemblies on many of the water closets and the replacement of the water closets. Closets went from 3.5 to 1.6 gallons per flush. Urinals were retrofitted from 3.0 to 1.0 gallons per flush. Along with these efforts, the team replaced manual faucets with hands-free assemblies, using an estimated 60 percent less water.
The goal at 2 Houston Center is to constantly move forward, obtaining continued ENERGY STAR recognition, conserving water and other natural resources, reducing our carbon foot print, and eventually obtaining Silver status under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED EB O&M) rating system.
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Crescent HC Investors, LP or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.
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Facility Type: Office
Total Floorspace: 1174210 sf
Year Constructed: 1974
Contract Type: None
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|Stage 4-Fan Systems|
|Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant|