Credit Human Headquarters Proves Sustainability Can Be Cost Effective

February 24, 2021

SAN ANTONIO — The new Credit Human headquarters near downtown San Antonio was designed and built by incorporating innovative design with sustainability techniques not seen in this region. Now is the opportunity to take a look inside at one of the most environmentally friendly design and construction projects in the country.

EPIcenter, a nonprofit energy innovation hub, will host project experts to highlight how sustainability can be cost-effective with its Global Lecture Series IX – Sustainable by Design: The Credit Human Headquarters Story. The event is scheduled for March 16 at 4 p.m. (CST).

The 12-story Credit Human headquarters building is 200,000 square feet and welcomes approximately 500 employees. The design integrates multiple energy demand solutions that make this building 56% more efficient than buildings of a similar size. High efficiency photovoltaic solar panels installed in the roof and parking structure totaling 1 mega-watt of solar capacity are anticipated to supply 56% of the annual electricity demand. The building will use 97% less potable water by reducing water demand by 40% and capturing 80% of stormwater through low impact site development. The structure’s reduction in carbon emissions by 1,619 metric tons is equal to removing 344 passenger vehicles off the road annually.

“Our goal was to design and construct a building that will save water, reduce energy consumption, and lower carbon emissions,” Credit Human CEO Steve Hennigan said.“We believe that being good stewards of our financial resources and good stewards of our environmental resources go hand-in-hand. We anticipate this investment will result in a positive return on investment in 13 years or sooner, making this the right design for our members, for the community, and for the environment.”

“EPIcenter focuses on making the production, distribution, and consumption of energy faster, smarter, cleaner and more efficient,” EPIcenter CEOKimberly M. Britton said. “Highlighting the Credit Human building demonstrates that commercial buildings can implement cost-effective, sustainable design. Telling this story can inspire others to do the same.”

Sustainable by Design: The Credit Human Headquarters Story will be moderated by Britton and will address the economic rationale behind the project, the challenges of implementation and lessons learned. Panelists include Credit Human CEO Steve Hennigan, Glumac High Performance Building Leader Steve Straus and Kirksey Architecture Vice President and Director – Central Texas David Dalton.

EPIcenter’s mission is to propel energy innovation and thought for our global future with a think tank, incubator and accelerator, strategic partnerships, and critical conversations. The Global Lecture Series is an EPIcenter Energy Think Tank program designed to expose wider audiences to trends in the energy industry.

The event is virtual and free to attend, but registration is required. To learn more and register, please visit

Sustainable by Design: The Credit Human Headquarters Story is sponsored in part by Joeris General Contractors and CPS Energy. Additional sponsorships are available.