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Green Growth: 4 Bay Area LEED Platinum Buildings

Green buildings are set to explode in growth, with the number of firms with a majority of projects earning LEED certification expected to double by 2018, driven largely by client demand. We took a look at four LEED Platinum buildings in the Bay Area.


In the U.S., 46% of firms were planning new green construction compared with 38% globally, according to World Green Building Trends 2016. Green retrofits in the US also are expected to exceed the global average.

In five years, companies can expect a 14% savings in operational costs after new green construction and a 13% savings after a green retrofit.

Want to learn more about sustainability? Come listen to our expert speakers at Bisnow's San Francisco Sustainability event March 24 at Hotel Kabuki.

350 Mission St (Salesforce East)


350 Mission St qualified for LEED Platinum certification based on the Core & Shell rating system. Kilroy Realty has established a reputation for sustainability, adding the 450k SF tower at 350 Mission to its line of achievements in high-performance work environments. The office space is 100% leased to Salesforce, earning it the moniker Salesforce East (to round out the company's downtown presence with Salesforce West at 50 Fremont and Salesforce Tower set to deliver next year).

To achieve the rigorous level of LEED certification so early on, 350 Mission incorporates an innovative structural system that eliminated 1.2 million pounds of steel and 600 truckloads of concrete, the capacity for reuse of stormwater in irrigation and restrooms, and rigorous construction air quality management.

400|450 Concar

400 and 450 Concar Drive, WeWork's first San Mateo location

Hines' Sam Cheikh tells us 400|450 Concar was the first office project to be LEED Pre-Certified Platinum in San Mateo County when it earned the designation in 2012. The project features a 100% outdoor air economizer, efficient floor plates and electric vehicle charging stations.

The 305k SF office complex sits at the intersection of Hwys 101 and 92. Space will be available for lease this summer.

San Francisco City Hall

SF City Hall

The oldest building in the US to receive LEED Platinum certification, San Francisco’s City Hall is more energy efficient than 90% of similar buildings across the country.

City Hall was retrofitted with reconfigured ventilation and heating systems and high-efficiency toilets expected to conserve 825,000 gallons of drinking water per year. It was built in 1915 with approximately 7,900 tons of structural steel.

The W San Francisco

credit: Rob Young

In late 2015, The W San Francisco was recognized as the city’s most environmentally friendly hotel. The W utilizes renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets for 62.5% of its energy consumption, more than half of the building’s light fixtures are energy efficient, and its cleaning equipment and practices meet the LEED sustainability criteria.

Join us at Bisnow's San Francisco Sustainability event starting at 7:30am March 24 at Hotel Kabuki. Sign up here!