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First Tower in Paris Achieves LEED Gold Recognition

PARIS, Dec. 6, 2012 — Beacon Capital Partners, LLC (“Beacon”) announced today that First Tower in Paris, France’s tallest office building, has been awarded the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the US Green Building Council.  First Tower is owned by an affiliate of Beacon.

The award represents the first LEED Gold certification for New Construction to be made in France, and recognizes the significant environmental efficiencies achieved from the redevelopment of First Tower, the most prominent landmark in the city’s La Defense office district. The project was completed in 2011.

LEED is a voluntary program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. The program operates in 135 countries, with more than 50% of total LEED registered square footage located outside the United States.

Jean-Marc Besson, Senior Managing Director and President of Beacon’s Paris office, commented: “We are very proud to receive LEED Gold for New Construction certification for the work performed to turn First Tower into an office building that is not only the tallest in France, but sets the highest standards for performance.”

Among the accomplishments achieved during First Tower’s renovation were:

Optimized Energy Performance
First Tower achieved an energy savings of 26% compared with a basic building defined by ASHRAE (USGBC) through new lighting, mechanical systems and a specially-designed thermal facade.

Green Power
50% of First Tower’s electrical energy use over the next two years will be provided by green power.

Construction Waste Management
60% of the waste generated by construction was recycled, while 72% of existing structural elements were re-used to minimize additional waste.

Thermal Control  
100% of First Tower’s occupants have individual control of their ventilation and temperature controls. 

Additional achievements included:

  • Significant reduction in CO2 emissions resulting from the decision to renovate First Tower instead of constructing a new tower.
  • High degree of insulation efficiency on the building’s façade through use of double- and triple-glazing.
  • Reduction of the urban heat island effect through skillful deployment of reflecting materials.
  • Major savings in water usage via re-designed bathrooms, toilets and kitchens.

Beacon was advised in its LEED certification efforts by the Energy and Sustainability Services group of Jones Lang LaSalle and by the Sustainability Consulting group of Elan.

Beacon Capital Partners, LLC
Beacon is a Boston-based real estate investment firm, with offices in New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, London, and Paris. Beacon and its predecessor companies have been actively involved in the real estate business for over sixty-five years and have an established reputation as a high-quality property owner, operator, and developer of urban office and mixed-use projects.  Beacon was formed in January 1998, following the merger of the predecessor public company, Beacon Properties Corporation, with Equity Office Properties Trust.  Beacon has sponsored seven investment vehicles representing over $11 billion of aggregate equity capital from various endowments, foundations, pension funds, and other institutional investors.

About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2011 global revenue of $3.6 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices.  The firm’s Energy and Sustainability Services group provides energy services, LEED and other certification management, energy retrofits, sustainability consulting, renewable energy installations and other services to owners worldwide. Jones Lang LaSalle is an ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Partner. For further information, please visit

Certain matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Federal securities law.  Although Beacon Capital Partners, LLC believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, the Company can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include general economic conditions, local real estate conditions, interest rates, satisfactions of conditions to closing, interest rates, availability of equity and debt financing and other risks inherent in the ownership and operation of subsidiaries and real estate Probst, Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services at Jones Lang LaSalle, won the first-ever VERGE 25 Award in the category of Next-Gen Buildings.