Commercial buildings are one of the leading energy consumers in the world, and MB Real Estate is committed to reducing our carbon footprint, promoting sustainability, and minimizing operational costs for our clients across our asset management portfolio. It is our fundamental belief that the reduction of energy use is our environmental responsibility, with the added benefit of maximized profits for our clients.
As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), we incorporate Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) best practices into all operations and maintenance efforts. With a majority of MBRE-managed properties having achieved LEED accreditations, we are proud to maintain a large footprint, consciously choosing to create positive environmental change. We have implemented dozens of successful sustainability initiatives at our managed properties, from tenant bike share programs and recycling drives to significant building renovations that enhance energy performance and efficiency. Our efforts are led by the MBRE Sustainability & Wellness Committee, which was formed to find new ways to improve our buildings’ energy performance and educate our tenants on how they can practice sustainability and wellness in the office. By sharing ideas and best practices, MBRE building teams have efficiently expanded recycling programs to include batteries, composting, plastic bags, and e-waste.
To ensure continued progress, MBRE regularly consults with asset managers and engineers to strengthen operational performance. Our efforts include periodic energy workshops where participants learn more about the energy markets, energy efficiency opportunities, and new utility incentives. MBRE also works with energy providers to improve major building systems and reduce energy costs without adversely affecting building operations. Through rebate programs such as the ComEd Smart Ideas Retro-Commissioning Program and the Standard and Custom Incentives Program, MBRE has incorporated various lighting and HVAC retrofits at little to no cost to the client.
As a result of our efforts, MBRE manages over 14 million square feet of LEED-certified buildings. In addition to working alongside the USGBC, we also work in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and have earned the organization’s Energy Star designation for several managed properties. This rating symbolizes a mark of excellence in energy performance and sustainability.
Sustainability is an everyday commitment, and our dedicated staff will continue to prioritize these vital initiatives to provide a healthy and more productive environment for our tenants and community at large. MBRE’s sustainability practices not only contribute to your bottom line but contribute to a healthy and more productive environment for our tenants and community at large.