Bullitt Center Stakes its Claim as the ‘Greenest Building in the World’

by / Monday, 22 April 2013 / Published in iCORE, Industry Spotlight, Industry Trends

Bullitt Center

In honor of Earth Day, it seems only fitting that we would focus today’s blog post on how an increase in environmental consciousness is pushing the Commercial Real Estate industry forward.

The Bullitt Center, a six-story, 50,000 sq. ft. building located in Seattle, WA, is staking its claim as the greenest building in the world.  A project supported by the Bullitt Foundation, the building is taking a revolutionary approach to how buildings are designed, built and operated.

Some highlights of the building include:
– Every worker has access to fresh air
– Solar array will generate all electricity used by the building
– Rainwater will be retained and used onsite
– Pervious pavement will be used around the building to reduce runoff into the Puget Sound
– Building includes composting toilets and onsite wastewater treatment
– Tenants will be held to strict energy use standards
– Building contains no ‘Red List’ hazardous materials

One of the most ambitious goals of the building is to meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge, a rigorous certification program with extremely high performance standards. Among other requirements, to qualify for this certification, the Bullitt Center must be water and energy self-sufficient.

The overarching goal of the Bullitt foundation is to encourage replication and inspire others to implement eco-friendly features into their buildings. With an official opening day on Earth Day 2013, this building is well on its way to fulfilling its claim.

To learn more about the Bullitt Center, visit http://bullittcenter.org/

Photo Courtesy of http://bullittcenter.org/

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