Conceptualized as a living showpiece of sustainable design in harmony with the environment, the Bullitt Center was made for the Bullitt Foundation, which has been committed to protecting and restoring the environment of the Pacific Northwest since 1992. The immediacy of the need for radically sustainable architecture prompted the center to do the Living Building Challenge. Stairways are designed to be inviting alternatives to the out-of-the-way elevator. The parking garage houses bikes, not cars. And tenants have energy budgets set in an effort to further encourage efficient living and working within the building. A 44,752-square-foot photovoltaic array supplies all of the building’s electricity, and rainwater is harvested in a 56,000-gallon cistern to as the sole water source.
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