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    World s Greenest Building. http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/01/worlds-greenest-building-bullitt-center-opens-earth-day/ World’s Greenest Building, Bullitt
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 24 4:24 AM
      World's Greenest Building.

      http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/01/worlds-greenest-building-bullitt-center-opens-earth-day/

      World’s Greenest Building, Bullitt Center, Opens on Earth Day in Seattle.

      Nestled between downtown Seattle and the Capitol Hill district, the
      Bullitt Center will open on Earth Day, April 22. Builders of the
      six-story, 50,000 square-foot building claim it will be the “greenest”
      office building on the planet. Ground broke in August 2011, and since
      then few green building details have been left unturned, from water
      efficiency, renewable energy and choice of construction materials. If
      anything close to a zero-impact office building exists, the Bullitt
      Center is it.

      Inside, tenants will benefit from abundant natural light, plenty of
      fresh air and overall a healthier environment than can be found in
      most commercial buildings. The builders bypassed the U.S. Green
      Building Council’s LEED certification in favor of the strenuous Living
      Building Challenge standards.

      The Bullitt Center’s approach towards environmental sustainability
      starts with the design of the site. Cisterns will store rainwater, and
      “grey water” from sinks and showers will funnel through the building’s
      green roof. Perched on Madison Street, the Bullitt Center will be
      flanked by a planting strip that will make the approaching sidewalk
      more pleasant for local workers and residents. Solar arrays will
      provide as much electricity as the building requires. Medium-height
      sidewalk plantings will also create a physical separation between
      pedestrians and vehicle traffic. The building’s planners chose the
      transitional Madison-Miller neighborhood for the opportunity to add
      more commercial space to a mostly residential area; Madison Street’s
      role as a link to several neighborhoods in Seattle also factored in
      the building’s location.

      In tune with the ideals behind the Living Building Challenge, the
      Bullitt Center takes inspiration from nature and creates a work
      environment that is practical, yet also healthy for its inhabitants.
      Architectural details that are aesthetically pleasing yet practical
      include higher ceilings (eliminating an additional floor possible
      under local building codes) and a central glass-enclosed staircase
      that encourages tenants to use the stairs instead of the elevator.
      Exposed wood, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, is a
      reflection of the local Pacific Northwest natural environment.

      Tenants include the University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab,
      the Cascadia Green Building Council and, of course, the Bullitt
      Foundation. In a phone conversation with spokesperson Brad Kahn, he
      explained that currently the building has leased out 40 percent of its
      space and negotiations are underway with prospective tenants and the
      Bullitt Center feels very optimistic about leasing the entire space.
      Suites ranging from 2,000 to 8,000 square feet are available: larger
      offices include a kitchen and a shower for those who will commute by
      bicycle. Should a cleaner and healthier built environment indeed
      evolve after the Bullitt Center’s opening, watch for architects and
      developers around the world to take notice.

      Read more about 3p’s coverage of green building and construction.

      Leon Kaye, based in Fresno, California, is a sustainability consultant
      and the editor of GreenGoPost.com. He also contributes to Guardian
      Sustainable Business; his work has also appeared on Sustainable
      Brands, Inhabitat and Earth911. You can follow Leon and ask him
      questions on Twitter or Instagram (greengopost). He will explore
      children’s health issues in India next month with the International
      Reporting Project.
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