Living Proof: Thinking Outside the Box

Posted by Denis Hayes on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 3:57 PM

When the Bullitt Foundation determined to create the greenest commercial building in the world, we embarked on a quest that was ridiculously ambitious but enormously rewarding. I’d assumed that the toughest challenge would be to build a zero net energy six-story building in Seattle—the cloudiest city in the lower 48. That was indeed difficult, but probably not…

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Biomimicry in the Seattle Times

on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Pacific Northwest Magazine covered the Bullitt Center in January 2013 with a fantastic article by Lawrence W. Cheek and photos by Tom Reese, focused on the ways the projects mimics nature. Biomimicry, as it’s known, was an important influence on Bullitt Center design and engineering. Download a PDF of the story here: PNW Magazine Bullitt sm…

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Net Positive Energy + Water Conference

Posted by Nina Smith-Gardiner, AIA, LEED AP on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 5:37 PM

On February 4-5, 2014, the International Living Future Institute (ILFI)  presented a fantastic series of events and speakers over two days in San Francisco, focusing on projects that are Net Zero in their energy and water use.  As inspiration, the conference started with a tour of projects in San Francisco and the East Bay.  The…

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Natural Ventilation

Posted by Nina Smith-Gardiner, AIA, LEED AP on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 11:56 PM

The Bullitt Center is all about changing the norms of design and construction for a typical office building.  The challenge PAE, the project’s mechanical and electrical engineer, accepted was to design the ventilation system to keep the occupants comfortable while using radically less energy compared to a standard office building.  The three principle strategies used…

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