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21 JANUARY 2014

Kirksey Pioneers LEED Platinum Certification in Galleria with 3009 Post Oak


3009 Post Oak First LEED Platinum Certification in Galleria

HOUSTON, TEXAS — One of the galleria’s newest commercial office buildings, located at 3009 Post Oak, is now LEED Platinum Certified. The 20-story, 302,000-sf building employs numerous sustainable building strategies that have helped transform a derelict parking lot into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban site. 3009 Post Oak is the first LEED Platinum office building in the Galleria area and one of only a handful of LEED Platinum buildings in the city.

Some key metrics include:

• 100% of the site’s irrigation is provided from rainwater stored in an underground tank
• The side of the site facing Interstate 610 was planted with dozens of native grasses intended to attract birds and butterflies
• Indoor water use was reduced by 46% over a typical existing building
• 70% of power for the project comes from renewable sources
• 87% of construction waste was recycled
• 38% of all materials used were local-- both manufactured and harvested within 500 miles of Houston
• The building was designed to provide daylight access to 83% of interior spaces, and
views to 99% of spaces
• The exterior site lighting was designed for zero light trespass off the property boundary and zero light projected upwards. This contributes to a dark night sky and respects the surrounding residential neighbors
• Energy savings are 26% better than code requirements
• The building includes a dashboard that monitors building and tenant energy use levels
• The high performance curtainwall uses low emitting, double pane glazing with thermally improved mullions


About Kirksey

Kirksey is a Houston-based, sustainable architecture and interior design firm with more than 29 million sf of LEED® projects in their portfolio. Team-based in structure, Kirksey serves Commercial, Collegiate, Community, pK-12, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Religious, Science & Technology, and Multi-Family Residential markets. For more information, visit