April 10, 2012

LEED platinum for Russell Center


SEATTLE — Russell Investments Center was certified LEED platinum, according to the manager of the 42-story tower.

The building, which is on the market and expected to sell for a high price, has gone through upgrades since it changed hands three years ago.

The 1.1 million-square-foot building at Second and Union is the largest existing Class A multi-tenant building in Seattle to be certified platinum.

The upgrades made the building 58 percent more efficient than traditional buildings. Building manager Unico says all of the upgrades will save $118,750 in annual operating costs. The energy efficiency upgrades cost around $100,000.

The 6-year-old tower was built as the headquarters of Washington Mutual. After the bank collapsed, Russell announced it would move into the tower, and Russell’s parent company, Northwestern Mutual, acquired the building for pennies on the dollar.

The building is more than 95 percent leased.

April 10, 2012

Buildings post Energy Star scores

TACOMA — Pierce County has started posting Energy Star scores from 1 to 100 in county buildings to show their energy use compared the national average for similar buildings. The higher the number, the more efficient the building.

County officials said in a press release they are doing this to raise awareness about energy use in county facilities. Some buildings will post energy use per square foot instead of a 1-100 score.

The county is also making upgrades to buildings to increase energy efficiency and educating employees about what they can do to save energy. Officials say the goal is to reduce energy use by 15 percent by 2015.

Information is available from Jessica Ludwig, county energy conservation coordinator, at (253) 798-6611 or by email at jludwig@co.pierce.wa.us

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