bullitt center: the world's most sustainable building under construction
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jan 16, 2013
bullitt center: the world's most sustainable building under construction


‘the bullitt center’ by miller hull partnership, washington, united states
image © miller hull partnership

 

 

commercial architecture may soon jump to a completely new level in the realm of sustainable design. currently under construction, the ‘bullitt center‘ in seattle
by american firm miller hull partnership uses a strategic combination of all the passive and active green strategies in the book. the six-storey mixed-use building
will be so self sufficient, in fact, that it will strive to meet the requirements of the ‘living building challenge’ whereby a structure must be completely independent
from the grid in terms of water and energy for at least 12 months. implementing green building technologies, renewable energy, and energy efficiency measures,
along with a calculated solar array and integrated water catchment and onsite filtering, the bullitt center will also provide the basic human necessities of
natural light, views, and fresh air to every square inch of the construct. the structural frame is sourced from FSC-certified wood from a renewable nursery,
efficient radiant heating maintains comfortable temperatures in the winter, and hazardous materials or compounds containing hazardous materials were used.
water and electricity will be generated 100% on site, despite their reputation for the lack of sun. the interior systems will also include composting toilets and a waste
management plan. the project will be a milestone for commercial architecture in north america, as it is the first to drive the ambition for such extreme sustainability,
and as they are currently leasing spaces, you too can become part of a page in history.

 

 


‘living proof’ introduction
video © hal calbom

 

 


street-side facade
image © miller hull partnership

 

 


image © miller hull partnership

 

 


commercial space at ground level entrance
image © miller hull partnership

 

 


image © miller hull partnership

 

 

 


photovoltaic roof assembly
image © john stamets

 

 


PVS cells
image © john stamets

 

 


steel panel assembly
image © john stamets

 

 


integrated metal and wood frame construction
image © john stamets

 

 


radiant flooring
image © john stamets

 

 


pouring the concrete floor
image © john stamets

 

 

 


site plan showing neighborhood zoning
image © miller hull partnership

 

 


floor plans and section
image © miller hull partnership

 

 


floor plan / level 3
image © miller hull partnership

 

 


green systems diagram
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energy use intensity diagram
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energy consumption comparison
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energy use regulation comparison
image © miller hull partnership

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