A video story of the Bullitt Center, which is designed to be the “greenest commercial building in the world”.
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Impressive that the City of Seattle created a demonstration code to allow this innovative project to blaze trails!
“The Bullitt Center, previously the Cascadia Center, is a commercial office building under development in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. It is designed to be the greenest commercial building in the world when completed in 2012, qualifying for classification as a “Living Building” by the International Living Future Institute
The structure is being built by the Bullitt Foundation, a non-profit group based in Seattle that focuses on environmental issues. The foundation will be a tenant, occupying half of one floor in the six story building, with additional commercial tenants occupying the rest of the building.
Construction costs for the six-story, 52,000 square foot building is $30 million; for this price the building will provide “tenant ready” space (as opposed to the typical “cold dark shell” that most commercial spaces deliver).
The Bullitt Center is designed to have a 250 year lifespan. With construction begun in July 2011, the building is designed to be energy and carbon neutral, with a water and sewage processing system that allows the building to be independent of municipal water and sewage systems. Energy neutrality is achieved with a large solar panel array on the roof of the building along with energy conservation measures that will cut the building’s energy consumption to approximately 1/3 of a typical office building of similar size. Although the building will be connected to the electricity grid and may at times draw more power than it produces (especially during the winter), at other times it should produce enough surplus to “repay” such withdrawals, yielding annual energy neutrality. ..”
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