Sustainability in Action: A Deep Dive into MSRE’s Green Initiatives
Building a better community doesn’t just mean creating beautiful spaces, it means developing with intention. At MSRE, we place a strong emphasis on sustainability across the portfolio—making decisions that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. We believe that by embodying this mindset we not only create spaces that connect but protect the longevity of the community we aim to serve.
Most recently, MSRE has taken its passion for sustainability to new heights upon completing 400 Westlake — the most sustainable office building of its size and type in the United States. Using cutting-edge technology like photovoltaic panels, chilled beams, and rainwater collection, 400 Westlake generates 105% of the energy it consumes and collects 100% of rainwater for use on-site.
In addition to being a Net Positive building, the development team at 400 Westlake also worked closely with local artists and community organizations to blend history and place. Local artists were tasked to create building features such as bike racks, lamp posts, and benches using the original material of the building. Additionally, the development team worked with community organizations such as MOHAI to establish the landmark Firestone Building as part of the MOHAI path.
Throughout our portfolio, we work diligently to ensure our buildings operate efficiently. With a focus on meeting Energy Star Certification requirements and sustainable operating practices, MSRE’s passion for environmental stewardship is longstanding. In 2008, MSRE was granted the Seattle City Light award for exemplary energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.
MSRE is also focused on meeting Energy Star Certification requirements, achieved at 11 buildings:
- 4th & Vine: Certified in 2009 with a score of 80.
- West Tower: Certified in 2018 with a score of 91.
- 1000 Second: Certified in 2022 with a score of 89.
- 5th & Yesler: Certified in 2022 with a score of 90.
- 190 Queen Anne: Certified in 2018 with a score of 94.
- 645 Elliott: Certified in 2017 with a score of 77.
- 635 Elliott: Certified in 2018 with a score of 87.
- 3rd & Harrison: Certified in 2018 with a score of 94.
- 200 First West: Certified in 2021 with a score of 87
- 3rd & Broad: Certified in 2023 with a score of 80
- Elliott Bay Office Park: Certified in 2023 with a score of 95
In addition to meeting Energy Star requirements, MSRE has 3 properties that meet LEED requirements in the portfolio: 5th & Yesler (LEED Gold), 635 Elliott, and 645 Elliott (LEED Silver). Within the next 5 years, MSRE plans to move to all-electric energy sources to further improve portfolio emission standards.
This is all thanks to the MSRE Maintenance teams who keep a close eye on building efficiency and operating practices. Most recently, our HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing teams worked together to install two-way valves on over 400 heat pumps! MSRE has also taken advantage of Seattle City Light incentives to further enhance sustainability measures in older buildings. Recent initiatives include installing new hydronic recirculation pumps at Elliott Bay Office Park and 4th & Blanchard and implementing variable speed frequency drives for cooling tower fans at 3101 Western.
Not only does MSRE prioritize energy efficiency, but sustainable operating practices. Across the portfolio, MSRE offers green cleaning supplies used in janitorial services, eco-friendly recycled paper products, compost in each tenant space, and expanded recycling programs.
Through these sustainability efforts, MSRE is actively working towards reducing energy consumption, improving building performance, and creating environmentally responsible spaces within the portfolio. Of 3,663 benchmarked buildings in the Seattle market, MSRE ranks in the top 60 performing buildings in the Large Office category with EUIs under 42. MSRE also ranks in the top 60 mid-sized buildings category with EUIs under 51. By prioritizing Energy Star Certification, green operating practices, and leveraging local incentives, MSRE demonstrates its commitment to sustainable practices and contributes to a greener future for the neighborhoods it serves.