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World’s Greenest Building Opened Yesterday

Bullitt Building Seattle

Located in Seattle, the Bullitt Center opened on Earth Day as the world’s greenest building. It features state-of-the-art engineering and sustainable systems.

Timed perfectly with Earth Day, the Bullitt Center opened its doors yesterday as the world’s greenest building. Located in Seattle, the six-story, 50,000 square foot office building features a variety of sustainable projects, including composting toilets.

The Bullitt Foundation “hopes that the new center will demonstrate that carbon-neutral office space can be ‘commercially viable and aesthetically stunning.'”

Part of the Living Building Challenge, the Bullitt Center features a rain water collection system, aerobic composters, and rooftop photovoltaic panels that produce around 230,000 kilowatt-hours a year.

The mechanical and electrical rooms of the Center will have large glass windows to display the state-of-the-art engineering and innovative systems. The building’s indoor air quality, energy consumption, and solar power production will all be closely monitored and updated in real time for visitors.

Read more about the innovative Bullitt Center at the Arch Daily.

 

By Gaylen Davenport

Architects Must Lead on Sustainable Design

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Since the beginning of the LEED rating system, more than 10 billion square feet of construction has been certified or registered.

Sustainable building designs are a modern work of art, and architecture is an essential part for sustainable innovation. Buildings use about half the annual energy and emissions in the U.S., and three-quarters of its electricity.

Since the beginning of the LEED rating system, more than 10 billion square feet of construction has been certified or registered, according to the U.S. Green Business Council.

The American Institute of Architects recently reported that, “recognizing that sustainable design practices have become a mainstream design intention in the architectural community.”

While many architects have yet to embrace sustainable design as a best practice, there’s a definite need for architects “with the design capacity to meet the environmental challenges facing diverse communities across the globe.”

Read the complete article, including tips for transforming the architecture profession, at GreenBiz.com.

 

By Gaylen Davenport

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