Bullitt Center in Seattle hailed as world’s most sustainable building

At the end of 2013, World Architecture News announced that the winner of its annual competition to choose the world’s most sustainable building was the Bullitt Center in Seattle – the only U.S. entrant in the contest.

The Bullitt Center, which is an environmental foundation’s headquarters, sits on Capitol Hill. The building is shared between a variety of tenants and has parking for bicycles but no car spaces.

Denis Hayes, the president of the Bullitt Foundation, was one of the people behind the first Earth Day. He hired a Seattle architecture firm known as Miller Hull to create a sustainable building, using local materials and taking the city’s climate into account. All of the Bullitt Center’s energy is supplied from renewable sources on site, with the result that the building is a net contributor of energy to the grid. The levels of temperature, light and CO2 inside the building are monitored constantly using special sensors, along with the sun and wind conditions outside.

Potentially toxic materials, such as chlorofluorocarbons and lead, have been avoided in the building’s construction and it is the first rental property to meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge, which stipulates that buildings must meet stringent environmental performance targets while in use over the course of a year. Hayes said he hoped that the Bullitt Center would be the first in a long line of equally sustainable building projects throughout the world. With the help of an expert architect, Chester residents could aim for similar levels of sustainability in their own building designs.

Posted by Mark
January 23, 2014
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