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CNN profile the Bullitt CenterWe know, we know, we talk a lot about the Bullitt Center. We can’t help but be proud of this acclaimed Seattle project, dubbed the “world’s greenest commercial building” on which our R-GUARD and Consolideck® products were used.

But we’re not the only ones still basking in the feat of this net-zero energy building. CNN recently ran a video profile on it as well. In it, a CNN correspondent interviews Denis Hayes, the President and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, and goes behind the scenes, so to speak, to look at the functions of the building’s brain center, temperature controls and waste composting.

Denis says that some buildings endeavor to go green in one aspect — solar-paneled roofs, or resilient building materials (like PROSOCO’s R-GUARD and Consolideck® products), for instance. The Bullitt Center “did it all.”

“(Tenants) are becoming very aware of the fact that their employees are more productive when they’ve got access to fresh air and access to sunlight,” Denis says in the video.

When the correspondent says, “And yet, we’re standing on a floor that’s empty right now,” Denis responds: “But we’ve got a building that is 85% leased one year from the opening date in a market that’s got a surplus of office buildings. We think we’re doing okay. We are the first to have done something that is an essential part of the sustainable human future.”

Watch the CNN video in its entirety >>

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That’s an often-heard mantra here at PROSOCO, particularly when it comes to our R-GUARD line of liquid-applied air- and water-resistive barrier products. We invest in high-tech equipment to measure our products’ performance in real-world weather conditions, not just industry standards.

So we were pleased to see this write-up by Alex Wilson, founder and executive editor of BuildingGreen LLC, who recently visited our Clackamas, Ore., facility to see a demonstration of our specialized test chambers that simulate actual weather conditions including wind, water and humidity, on wall assemblies and components.

Wilson describes the demo:

“I watched as the submarine-like glass doors of the large chamber were closed and the fury of wind and driving rain were cranked up on the controls. We could see on manometers just how much pressure the wall assembly was having to endure, and we could watch high-pressure nozzles spraying high-velocity streams of water at the assembly.

“The operator can turn a few dials and simulate 150 mph wind and driving rain, wreaking havoc on the wall assembly constituents.”

For more on our unique testing chambers, watch our test of a wall assembly to structural failure with winds at -200 mph.

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San Ysidro Land Port of Entry

The use of multiple components on the exterior membrane made the air barrier leakage test a more exacting demand. Photo by Dane Olson, PROSOCO

PROSOCO helps world’s busiest land port achieve extreme energy efficiency

Each day, the equivalent population of a good-sized U.S. city (an estimated 102,000 people) travels through the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, the busiest land port in the world that processes pedestrians and vehicles passing the border between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

Besides handling that immense volume of traffic, the facility also houses offices and operational space for employees who work at the port of entry.

In a joint project between the U.S. and Mexican governments, the entire facility is in the midst of a $625 million overhaul involving the expansion of vehicle lanes and inspection booths, the demolition of the old administrative building and new construction of a multi-story replacement, and more.

The new administrative building is about 200,000 square feet with three above-grade levels and one below-grade level.

The owner of the project, General Services Administration, called for a lofty ambition for this structure – net-zero energy, meaning the structure will supply as much power as it uses. Once completed, the port will be the first facility open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year to achieve this goal in the U.S.

The waterproofing portion of this massive project called for a high-performance air barrier, said Peter Spruance, AIA, architect at the Miller Hull Partnership, which designed the port-of-entry renovation.

That bid went to PROSOCO’s R-GUARD air and water-resistive barrier products, which are lab-tested to meet some of the industry’s most stringent environmental standards and metrics for energy performance. These products were used on another recent net-zero-energy, high-performance project – the Bullitt Center in Seattle. (more…)

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