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Earth Day and Design Awards

As we celebrate Earth Day today, Seattle's Bullitt Center is celebrating its first birthday. Billed as the greenest commercial building in the world, the Bullitt Center is celebrating by greatly exceeding its ambitious energy performance goals. This is even with its growing occupancy over the last 12 months.

The 50,000-square-foot building uses 75 percent less energy than a new building that meets Seattle's rigorous energy code. It also generated 252,560 kWh of renewable energy from its solar panels.

Denis Hayes, CEO of the Bullitt Foundation believes that after seeing how the building performed its first year, it will not only achieve net zero energy, but net positive energy. The building is also looking to achieve Living Building certification, with its year of continuous net zero energy and water performance beginning this past January 1.

Last year, right before it opened, I wrote an article on the Bullitt Center, called the Epitome of Green. And shortly after that, the project won a 2013 Metal Architecture Design Award for Sustainable Design. You can read that article here.

Entry forms for this year's Design Awards are due on Friday, May 16. Download the entry form here, and be sure to enter all of the amazing projects you've worked on in the past two years. Drop me an email at, or give me a call at (847) 674-2200 x25 if you have any questions.

I look forward to seeing all of this year's entries.


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