Saturday, September 3, 2011

"Greenest" Office Building

What does it take to be the greenest office building in the country?

Construction has begun on the Bullitt Center in Seattle, its goal -- net-zero water and net-zero energy, using only its own rainwater and power generated by itself. It's expected to use less than half as much energy per square foot as what is required for LEED platinum "green" standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council. (L.A. Times)

Here is what it takes:

  • A triple-glazed curtain wall system 
  • Windows that open and close automatically depending on outside conditions 
  • A closed-loop geothermal system 
  • Radiant floor heating and cooling 
  • Extensive daylighting thanks, in part, to taller than average ceilings and windows 
  • Rooftop solar system designed to generate 100 percent of the building’s energy needs

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