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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Bullitt Center Awards

on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

As of January 2015, the Bullitt Center has received the following awards: 2016 American Society of Landscape Architecture – Washington Chapter Award of Excellence for McGilvra Place 2015 Highest Honor Award – Sustainable Building Industry Council “Beyond Green” Awards, Category A: High Performance Building 2014 Green Lease Leader Award Architizer A+ Awards, Architecture & Sustainability…

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Finishes and Indoor Air Quality at the Bullitt Center

Posted by Nina Smith-Gardiner, AIA, LEED AP on Thu, Dec 05, 2013 at 12:10 AM

In selecting the finishes for the Bullitt Center, two issues were foremost arbitrators:  the Living Building Challenge materials Red List and the VOC content of finish products, according to Joe David of Point 32, who worked with the integrated design team on product selection.  Since the Living Building Challenge (LBC) requires indoor air testing for…

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