Living Building Challenge

One of the most ambitious aspects of the Bullitt Center will be achieving the goals of the Living Building Challenge (version 2.0), as described by the International Living Building Institute.

Once fully occupied*, to be certified as a Living Building a structure is required to be self-sufficient for energy and water for at least 12 continuous months and to meet rigorous standards for green materials and for the quality of its indoor environment.

The Living Building Challenge requires a project to meet 20 specific imperatives within seven performance areas (or “Petals”). For the Bullitt Center, meeting the imperatives will include the following:

  • Site: The location will support a pedestrian-, bicycle-, and transit-friendly lifestyle. 
  • Water: Rainwater will be collected on the roof, stored in an underground cistern and used throughout the building.
  • Energy: A solar array will generate as much electricity as the building uses.
  • Health: The building will promote health for its occupants, with inviting stairways, operable windows and features to promote walking and resource sharing.
  • Materials: The building will not contain any “Red List” hazardous materials, including PVC, cadmium, lead, mercury and hormone-mimicking substances, all of which are commonly found in building components.
  • Equity: All workstations are within 30 feet of large operable windows, offering all workers access to fresh air and natural daylight.
  • Beauty: Stunning architecture, an innovative photovoltaic array, a green roof and other native plantings, large structural timbers and a revitalized pocket park  help beautify the surrounding neighborhood.
*November 2013 – The Bullitt Center is 80% leased, with one floor still available. Once the building is fully occupied, we can start the clock on Living Building certification, especially the Water and Energy petals.

250 years: Lifespan of the building

14,303 sq.ft.: Area of solar array

16 kBtu/sq.ft./yr: Energy Use Index

400 feet: Depth of geothermal wells

56,000 gal: Size of cistern

362: Toxic chemicals on “red list”

100 out of 100: WalkScore for site

26: # of geothermal wells

950 sq.ft.: Size of rainwater cistern

82%: Interior with natural daylight