Saturday, September 3, 2011

Breaking Ground: Bullitt Center takes on Living Building Challenge

This will be one of the most ambitious green buildings in North America. Aiming to set a new standard in urban sustainability, the Bullitt Center is envisioned as a living building designed to satisfy all of its energy, water and waste consumption. One of the most iconic aspects of the building will be an extensive photo voltaic array that will generate 100 percent of the building's energy. Timbers for the six-story building's frame will come only from forests certified as sustainable by the world's toughest review body. To reduce the project's carbon footprint, the steel, concrete, wood and other heavy materials all will come from within 300 miles.

The Seattle-based Cascadia Green Building Council, for instance, developed the rigorous performance standards — known as the "Living Building Challenge" — that the Bullitt Center aims to meet. The mixed-use building will serve as the future headquarters of the Bullitt Foundation as well as provide office and commercial space for leaders in the green building industry. Located at the intersection of Seattle's Central Area and Capitol Hill neighborhoods, the building will become a focal point for education and growing awareness about sustainable development. Construction is under way.

Source: Seattle Times

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