When you think of Seattle, a mixture of rain, coffee, and hippies probably comes to mind, and you’re not totally wrong. That said, another word that should be on the list is sustainability — more specifically, sustainable business. Hosting a booming industry of tech startups (BuildPulse included) in conjunction with a large population of nature-loving residents (hippies, if you must), Seattle is one of the cities here in the US responsible for driving the sustainable business movement. So, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that Seattle is also home to the Bullitt Center, which was dubbed with the prestigious title of greenest commercial building in the world when it opened its doors for the first time, fittingly on Earth Day, in 2013. It still falls on the list of top 10 places vying for the title of greenest building on the planet today.
To uphold such a title, the Bullitt Center employs 575 solar panels, which generate a majority of its annual electricity, a wetland, which filters the building’s grey water before it is sent back into the ground to recharge the aquifer, 100% Forest Stewardship Council Certified wood, filtered rainwater, which is used throughout the building, and a policy allowing no toxic materials on the ‘red list’ to be used in construction. In addition this, occupants enjoy floor to ceiling windows, 13 sky lights which let in natural light year round, and an open floor plan which encourages collaboration and movement within the building.
“The goal of the Bullitt Center is to drive change in the marketplace faster and further by showing what’s possible today. The era of harm reduction, half steps, and lesser evils is behind us. As a society, we need to be bold in ways that were once unimaginable.”
Though not all of us can enjoy the building on a day to day basis, it does have areas which are made available for events and a room dedicated to educating visitors on sustainable building. Education is a part of the Bullitt Center’s mission, after all, which strives to lead by example in order to drive change in the marketplace.