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    it's great to know that there are some people who actually care about the future.

  • Will Corbin

    This is super cool...!

  • Shoj Greb

    Great article, Adele! Very inspiring. I just read Cradle to Cradle by McDonough and Braungartand where this idea of Zero Waste was paramount. It makes me so happy to see these things coming to life. I see a rapid and total transformation towards these types of ideas in all design in the coming years

    • Adele Peters

      I love that book! I didn't go into detail about it here, but the Bullitt Center also uses many of the other principles that McDonough talks about, including seemingly-simple details like designing windows that open. I agree with you, and think these ideas are quickly spreading.

  • art2arch

    I applaud the green effort... Bravo. But in my hones opinion GREEN DESIGN should be just that: Green awareness WITH great DESIGN. Not just a building with green tech bolted to it. Be more holistic & harmonious...

  • Eve Reynolds

    As an architect and contractor, and certified Passive House designer, I say this is freakin fantastic! This is the standard we should all be shooting for in this day and age. Cudos to Adele for presenting this story. For me, this is the quintessential Good Is article. Thank you!

  • cara.westerman

    I would really like to see a cost-benefit analysis done for a building like this. How does it stack up economically over the life-cycle of the building (including qualitative measures)? Does anyone have any examples?

  • Ingrid Johansson

    I had building designs similar to this one for a commuter convenience center. Now I want to take these plans to refine my idea. This building from the Bullitt Foundation is a great prototype for business development! If anyone is interested in working with me on my design like this one please contact me.

  • techdudeSF

    I always thought something like this would happen in CA first way to go Seattle! To the person who asked why commercial builders dont build like this; its because for the most part they are greedy bastards who's only care is the bottom line and profits. This is where Federal Regulation can be great, force federal mandates requiring these construction standards and guess what everyone will not only have to play along, innovation and economies of scale will find a way to make it work to everyone's benefit including the builders and building owners

  • Jamie Ellis

    This is completely amazing! I love that they've gone as far as to implement compostable toilets, a green roof and natural lighting! They have thought it out right down to the smallest detail. Their building is a fantastic example of what can be done in Green building and the magic that can happen if you push every limit and challenge all obstacles. Right on to these guys!!

    • Frankle

      compostable toilets - I guess you mean what goes in it rather than the thing you sit on - but hey - I hope they'll have solar powered fans to vent away the smell - otherwise - you know - it'll probably smell like $#IT ?

      mmm - tasty ...

      • Jamie Ellis

        hahaha! yes I meant 'Composting' toilets--- not compostable! :)

  • j long123

    I think this is a great thing to do, just feels good or not. Someone has to step up to begin a movement in an acceptable direction. I am sure the company paid for their own building, so what does one care what a company does with their own money. I am sure there will be mistakes along the way. Is this not how the human condition tends to learn best? I am all in favor of "off grid" sustainable development, it is the only way for our future generations to lighten the load , on already overloaded obsolete infrastructure.
    Not to challenge here... Just last summer we went 72 days without any significant rain.

  • gerard.vanderleun

    "A cistern holding up to 56,000 gallons of rainwater will be able to supply water throughout a 100-day drought. " It's good we're prepared in Seattle in at least one building to weather a drought that last happened when the Earth was spun off the sun. But then again, it's not about what makes sense, but what feels good. You can ask the residents of another rain collecting building in downtown that's had leaking roofs and walls and hundreds of thousands in repair bills for years now. It is, again, all about what feels good in the stuck in the thumb, pulls out a plumb set.

  • kvass2

    Very impressive and to be congratulated on. However one question. How will you
    filter out the asian acid rain that is part of the Pacific Northwests rainfall? I suppose
    one solution would be to provide a separate clean water supply line for human consumption.

    • Adele Peters

      Great question- it actually isn't difficult to buffer weak acidity in rainwater. The Bullitt Center says they will use three increasingly-fine filters on the water. The final filter removes viruses as well as bacteria. They'll also use UV treatment, chemical buffering, and activated charcoal.

    • Patrick Davey

      Not only Acid rain from Asia. Some 20 years ago I was at the Science and Engineering Fair in Orland and one of the projects was tracing the acid rain from LA coming ashore about 200 miles south, so it may be from Asia but may be not

  • Keith Mulvin

    Incredible! Now why can't commercial real-estate developers do this type of develpoment?!

    • Adele Peters

      I completely agree! I hope that someday not too far in the future buildings like this will be standard rather than the exceptions. I would guess there's up-front cost involved, but it seems like they will save the building owners a lot very quickly by avoiding bills for power, heat, and water.