He said working off the LEED checklist helped Devon achieve its goal of building an energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable headquarters that created a healthy, safe workplace for its employees.
Mary Hill, vice president of construction at Hines, said she admired Devon's focus on doing the “right thing,” undeterred by price tags while being committed to environmental stewardship.
Devon Energy Center uses about 41 percent less water than most buildings its size, a savings of about 2.4 million gallons a year, she said.
Hill also lauded Devon for recognizing each employee's “right to light,” which means 90 percent of the building's interior has access to natural light.
Nichols said Devon saves money on electricity because the building gets so much natural light.
Devon Energy Center uses about 20 percent less energy than a similar-size building that is not LEED certified, according to the company.
“This is a complicated building, with lots of innovation in it,” he said. “It requires a tremendous attention to detail.”
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