You wouldn’t think of Seattle as a place to build an entirely solar-powered building. But that’s part of the design in the Bullit Center: They have made it a net-zero building in one of the rainiest places in the world, so you can imagine what the possibilities are in Seattle or other cities.
The building—with its solar panels and geothermal wells, has all its water provided by harvested rainwater, natural lighting, indoor composting toilets, and a wood-framed structure (made out of FSC-certified wood)—it might even meet the goals of the ultra-tough Living Building Challenge, which only a handful of buildings have ever met. And in the meantime, its owners hope it can serve as a model for a new generation of sustainable construction and design.
If you would like to read more about the building features, check out the Bullitt Center website here.