PROSOCO’s videographer John Young took his camera to Seattle last month for the Earth Day grand opening of the Bullitt Center, regarded by many as the greenest commercial building on earth.
John went out there because PROSOCO supplied the Bullitt Center’s R-GUARD FastFlash Air & Waterproof Barrier system. That system stops air and water leaks through the building envelope at a level that helps the Bullitt Center meet the Net Zero energy efficiency and environmental responsibility requirements needed for certification as a Living Building.
The day after Earth Day, John did video interviews with two of the men who played pivotal roles in getting the Bullitt Center built — Denis Hayes, president and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, as well as a founder of Earth Day; and Joe David, project associate and sustainability program manager with Seattle real estate company Point 32.
Here’s John’s report.
Report on the Bullitt Center
by John Young, PROSOCO
It has been all over the news (New York Times, Time, NPR, Popular Mechanics), so you might already know this, but the Bullitt Center is a pretty unique building. It is being touted as the greenest commercial building on the planet, and rightfully so. All the energy the building needs comes from its solar panels. All the water it needs comes from rainwater collected and recycled on site. It is designed to last 250 years and none of the products used to build the building contain toxins (materials or chemicals on the Living Building Challenge’s Red List)
Suffice to say, a building like this is going to have a pretty unique story of how it came to be. That was the story we wanted to capture when we set out for Seattle for the Grand Opening of the Bullitt Center last month.
Fittingly, the Grand Opening ceremony took place on Earth Day April 22. The crowds were big and the enthusiasm was high, but for me the highlight for me was the next day. That was when we got the chance to sit down and interview some key people involved in the Bullitt Center construction.
At 9:30am, the day after Earth Day, we had an on-camera interview with Denis Hayes, who in 1970 was coordinator of the first ever Earth Day. What was striking is that for Denis and for the others involved, the Bullitt Center very much represents a turning point in the construction industry.
PROSOCO’s involvement in this project is a pretty interesting part of this story, and one you will probably be hearing us tell quite a bit. Joe David, Project Associate for Point 32, was given the difficult task of finding products that were able to achieve the Bullitt Center’s tough performance goals while also being Red List compliant. That is where PROSOCO’s FastFlash products come into the story.
We found a lot of great people and great stories at the Bullitt Center. Over the next few months we will be putting all of the video footage together to tell the story of the Bullitt Center, what it means for today’s construction industry and what it means for the future of the industry.
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