Technoform Glass Insulation Helps Seattle’s Bullitt Center Go Green

Technoform Glass Insulation North America Inc. (TGINA) announced that it is helping the Bullitt Center in Seattle achieve its net-zero energy goals and to become the first commercial office building to earn Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification.

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Seattle’s Bullitt Center (Photo by Benjamin Benschneider, courtesy of Technoform Glass Insulation North America, Inc.)

Located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, the $18.5 million project opened on Earth Day, April 22, 2013 and intends to have the building last until 2263.

Through the International Living Future Institute, LBC certification poses the most rigorous performance standards across the globe, according to the release. Validation includes submitting 12 months of post-occupancy data to demonstrate annual operations for net-zero energy and water, plus a zero carbon footprint. Along with performance, LBC also requires a building to be useful, healthy and beautiful.

The six-story, 52,000-square-foot, Class A office building’s 14-foot floor-to-floor heights are matched with floor-to-ceiling operable window systems. These spacious, day-lit areas provide expansive views of the downtown skyline and connect the building’s occupants with their surrounding environment.

Named for its owner, the Bullitt Foundation strives to safeguard the natural environment through promotion of responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest, according to the announcement. Point32 served as the developer for the Foundation’s new headquarters. Sharing the Bullitt Foundation’s vision, Point32 selected Miller Hull Partnership as the architect and Schuchart Construction as the general contractor.

Early in the project’s development, Washington-based glazing contractor Goldfinch Brothers involved glass fabricator Northwestern Industries to assist with performance calculations, color selection and other architectural support, according to the release. Northwestern Industries fabricated the glazing system using TGI NA’s TGI®-Spacer for Schuco curtainwall and operable window systems with PPG Solarban® 60.

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