In a very fitting way the Bullitt Center opened today on Capitol Hill. Cool building built by a very cool group!
A new office building for Seattle billed as the greenest commercial building. The six-story Bullitt Center (owned by the nonprofit Bullitt Foundation) was designed to generate as much electricity as the building requires, collects rainwater for re-use and contains no toxic materials. The building is being hailed as a leader for environmental construction.
The Forefront of Performance-Based Design
The Bullitt Center will be the greenest commercial building in the world, firmly planting Seattle at the forefront of the green building movement.
This six-story, 50,000 square-foot building will be located at the intersection of Capitol Hill and the Central District in Seattle, Washington.
The goal of the Bullitt Center is to change the way buildings are designed, built and operated to improve long-term environmental performance and promote broader implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other green building technologies in the Northwest.
The building is seeking to meet the ambitious goals of the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most strenuous benchmark for sustainability.
For example, a solar array will generate as much electricity as the building uses and rain will supply as much water, with all wastewater treated onsite.
By creating a place where every worker has access to fresh air and daylight, the Bullitt Center will create a healthy, human environment that is more pleasant and more productive than most commercial buildings.
The Bullitt Center was designed with the health of Puget Sound in mind, including efforts to educate people about site sustainability and non-point source pollution.
Non-point source pollution is caused when runoff flows over hard-packed surfaces, such as traditional concrete or compacted soil, into local waterways and eventually ends up in Puget Sound. This surface runoff picks up oil, grease, pesticides, chemicals and other toxic materials used in Seattle. These toxics flow into Puget Sound and are collectively known as non-point source pollution.
To help protect Puget Sound, rainwater will be retained on site and “grey water” from sinks in the building will be filtered through a green roof. In addition, extensive use of pervious pavement that allows water to infiltrate into the soil below will further reduce the impact of runoff on Puget Sound.
On Madison Street, a planting strip will help improve the character of the street and sidewalk for pedestrians. Where possible, landscaping will act as a demonstration of the possibilities for green storm water infrastructure and natural drainage systems.
Photo source: bullittcenter.org