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Murano Senior Living: Sustainable Senior Care in Downtown Seattle

Sustainable Senior Living at Murano

Alissa Sauer

Murano Senior Living, located in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood, is proud to be a LEED-certified building, meeting stringent criteria that promotes sustainability and energy efficiency. Learn more about sustainable senior living at Murano Senior Living and how ‘going green’ is the future of senior housing.

LEED Certified Senior Living at Murano

Murano Senior Living is Seattle’s new retirement community located in the First Hill neighborhood. Offering a continuum of care services, including independent living, assisted living, and memory care, along with high-end amenities and services, Murano Senior Living is paving the way for a new senior living experience. Touting a personal concierge, a state-of-the-art fitness center, formal and casual restaurants, a rooftop bar, and more, Murano Senior Living is where retirement and luxury playfully mingle.

Part of being an innovator in senior living means looking critically at the environmental impact such a community can have. In a bustling metropolis like Seattle, being a conscientious consumer is of utmost importance. Murano Senior Living is proud to be a LEED Gold certified building as we continually make an effort to minimize our carbon footprint and create a sustainable living space that benefits not only Murano Senior Living residents but generations to come.

What Does it Mean to be LEED Certified?

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. It’s a global symbol of sustainability achievement and one that Murano Senior Living is proud to hold.

To be LEED certified, buildings must meet minimum requirements set by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). To obtain LEED certification, buildings must meet the following requirements:

  • LEED-certified buildings must minimize pollution and soil erosion resulting from construction.
  • LEED-certified buildings must use 20 percent less water than the USGBC baseline for buildings of similar size and occupation.
  • LEED-certified buildings must use at least 10 percent less energy than the USGBC baseline.
  • LEED-certified buildings must contain systems that do not use any chlorofluorocarbon (CFB) based refrigerants.
  • LEED-certified buildings must have HVAC and lighting systems be tested and balanced, ensuring optimum performance.
  • LEED-certified buildings must minimize material use during construction, using biodegradable or locally harvested renewable resources.
  • LEED-certified buildings must minimize landfill waste and promote recycling.
  • LEED-certified buildings must have energy-efficient ventilation, off-gassing of materials, and thermal comfort.
  • LEED-certified buildings need energy-efficient lighting.

Additionally, two bonus categories can help a building obtain LEED certification. They are Innovation in Design and Regional Priority. Innovation in Design acknowledges creative problem-solving in an attempt to reduce a building’s environmental impact, and Regional Priority acknowledges how the building addresses regional-specific environmental concerns.

Murano is proud to be a LEED Gold certified building, the second highest certification level. Achieving gold certification means that we have accumulated 60-79 points through our various green building strategies.

Why Sustainability is Important in Senior Living

The green building movement began over 20 years ago with a focus on making new constructions more sustainable for a better future. While that mission is still relevant today, over time, we have seen that buildings that are built to minimize environmental impact and promote clean living, also promote health and wellness, and even financial savings.

Improving indoor air quality and the surrounding environment promotes health in seniors, along with fresh air, proper ventilation, and green space. Sustainability also has positive economic effects. Saving energy and water is not only good for the environment, but it is also good for business. Minimizing costs and waste boosts the bottom line, allowing sustainable senior living communities like Murano Senior Living to invest in more of what matters – our residents and their quality of life.

Creating a cyclical impact, taking the time and efforts to invest in sustainability during construction results in a higher quality of life for employees and residents. We would love for you to stop by Murano Senior Living and see how our 24-stories of premier senior living is not only positively impacting the lives of our residents, but of our local community, our city, and ultimately, our world.


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