What if today’s urban landscapes could return to the level of natural efficiency of an evergreen forest? That’s what the Seattle-based Bullitt Foundation is attempting to do by creating the world’s greenest office building on the edge of the Capitol Hill neighborhood overlooking downtown Seattle. It’s called the Bullitt Center and it’s about to open on Earth Day, April 22.
Written, narrated and edited by Michael Werner
Produced by Michael Werner & Katie Campbell
Photography by Michael Werner, Katie Campbell & Greg Davis
A team of partners is developing the greenest commercial building in the world, with market-rate office space that will demonstrate what’s possible and accelerate demand for sustainable design and products. Learn more: ow.ly/oMBlB
McGilvra Place Park
Heavy timber office buildings haven’t been built in Seattle since the 1920s because they required old-growth trees with large circumferences to support the weight of upper floors. But the columns in the Bullitt Center are made by gluing together smaller beams to form columns that are just as strong.
Those glue-laminated beams, or glulams, are made at Calvert Company in Vancouver, Wash. This video follows the process of making the glulams from sustainably harvested Northwest timber.
Written & edited by Phil Williams
Photography by Michael Werner & Katie Campbell
Dr. Bill Wiecking leads a tour of HPA's new Energy Lab. He talks about the energy saving design of the building, which includes material used, passive architectural design features, and technological innovations. The Energy Lab is being considered for certification as a LEAD Living Building
Living Building Challenge Projects and Ambassadors
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