The Bullitt Foundation Cascadia Center for Sustainable Design and Construction opened on Earth Day (April 22) 2013 and is designed to be the greenest office building in the world. With a 250 year design life, the Bullitt Center building was designed to be net zero energy and water as well as to meet many other sustainability goals.
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 building is designed to be energy and carbon neutral, with a water and sewage processing system that allows the building to be independent of municipal water and sewage systems. Energy neutrality is achieved with a large solar panel array on the roof of the building along with energy conservation measures that will cut the building's energy consumption to approximately 1/3 of a typical office building of similar size.
Full Project Team:
- Miller Hull Partnership – Architect
- Point32 – Development Partner
- PAE – MEP Engineering
- Schuchart – General Contractor, Core & Shell
- Berger Partnership – Landscape Architecture
- DCI Engineers – Structural Engineering
- Foushee – General Contract, Tenant Improvements
- Geotility – Geothermal Well Drilling and Instillation
- Luma Lighting Design – Lighting
- Northwest Wind and Solar – Solar Array Construction and Installation
- PSF Mechanical – Mechanical Engineering
- RDH – Building Enclosure and Performance Testing
- Solar Design Associates – Photovoltaic Engineering and Design
- 2020 Engineering – Water Systems
- Keithly Barber Associates – Commissioning