Turning green into gold

In response to the negative connotations associated with pollution, corporations worldwide are constructing sustainable headquarters to convey environmentally friendly and innovative-minded personas. With such structures, often realized in conjunction with corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies, organizations can establish themselves as good citizens that contribute to their communities. But realizing such structures--especially those that comply with LEED Gold standards--is often much more difficult and expensive than constructing non-LEED compliant buildings. This article overviews the effort that financial giant HSBC undertook to construct its new Mexican headquarters, a building developed to stand as a model for Latin American sustainability, a building that was not originally designed to achieve LEED Gold status. In doing so, it describes how HSBC resolved the design challenges to ensure their new HSBC Tower in Mexico City complied with LEED Gold standards, listing the four key sustainable feat
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