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

bullitt center: the world's most sustainable building under construction

‘the bullitt center’ by miller hull partnership, washington, united statesimage © 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 seattleby 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 independentfrom 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 ofnatural 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 wastemanagement 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 facadeimage © miller hull partnership



image © miller hull partnership



commercial space at ground level entranceimage © miller hull partnership



image © miller hull partnership




photovoltaic roof assemblyimage © john stamets



PVS cellsimage © john stamets



steel panel assemblyimage © john stamets



integrated metal and wood frame constructionimage © john stamets



radiant flooringimage © john stamets



pouring the concrete floorimage © john stamets




site plan showing neighborhood zoningimage © miller hull partnership



floor plans and sectionimage © miller hull partnership



floor plan / level 3image © miller hull partnership



green systems diagramimage © miller hull partnership



energy use intensity diagramimage © miller hull partnership



energy consumption comparisonimage © miller hull partnership



energy use regulation comparisonimage © miller hull partnership

  • where? (I don’t recognize the skyline)

    dbkii says:
  • The word sustainability has almost become a word that I dread reading or hearing because it is so misused.
    I must say that I, with my limited knowledge of its application to architecture, and thoroughly impressed by what
    I have seen in the video presentation.

    Ron; Designer, Pasadena

    Ron Smith says:
  • @dbkii – Seattle, that’s the space needle on the far right of the skyline photo.

    Jason says:
  • Jason CEO of the “Living Building Challenge” showed us this project to us whilst he was in NZ. I have to say I was tremendously impressed with the concept and look forward to seeing it in action. Truly – this will be a world leader in commercial sustainability. Congratulations

    Michael Cole says:

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