Blog Update!
For those of you not following me on Facebook, as of the Summer of 2019 I've moved to Central WA, to a tiny mountain town of less than 1,000 people.

I will be covering my exploits here in the Cascades, as I try to further reduce my impact on the environment. With the same attitude, just at a higher altitude!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Forget Green Buildings, check out this Livable Building

On Monday, in Seattle, there was a groundbreaking for the first of 12 livable buildings to be completed here. This six-story building is being billed as the greenest commercial building on earth. It will be the largest net-zero energy and net-zero water building ever built.

The Bullitt Center will be sporting some of the following features:
  • All energy will be produced by solar power
  • Most lighting will be from natural daylight
  • All water will be captured from rainwater and stored in a cistern to be used in toilets and/or sterilized to be used for drinking water and other potable water
  • All wastewater and sewage will be collected. The water will be sterilized and the sewage will be collected for composting (the building will not be hooked up to the sewer)
  • There will be no parking in the building, only bike racks
  • Common building materials that contain PVC plastics, mercury, cadmium and about 360 other substances considered hazardous won’t be used
  • Has "irresistible" stairs to reduce elevator usage (see image) 
  • Uses geothermal heating and cooling
I currently work in a super green building but I'm exceedingly jealous of some of the things being done here. 

Image courtesy of The Seattle Times (click to see more features of the building).


El Gaucho said...

Very cool indeed. I wonder how the initial building costs and annual costs to run/maintain/repair/etc are compared to a "normal" building of similar size. It would be fantastic if the yearly expenses were low enough to entice others from a pure cost savings standpoint to build similar buildings.

Robj98168 said...

Don't know about the cost, but there won't be a water, power or sewage bill since the building provides it's own on all three. Very neat.

Panamamama said...

The Heifer project building here in Little Rock is very similar. I don't think they have zero sewage, but know the grey water and rain water is all recycled into a really cool system that is beautiful to look at too.

MamaLovey said...

I love the "irresistible stairs". When I was in South America we stayed with a friend in the city. He lived on the 5th floor of an apartment. There were no elevators. None. It was unheard of and when I (the American) asked why I was told it would be wasteful and unnessary! The staircase was concrete and outside. If it was raining, you got wet. Amazing. They also don't use dryers--too wasteful! Love it!