Energy efficient building begins construction in Seattle

October 10, 2011

One of the most highly anticipated development projects in the Pacific Northwest has begun, as the Bullitt Center in Seattle, Washingon, is in the primary stages of initial construction, according to The New York Times.

The $30 million building is using the latest research and innovations within the field of sustainable construction in order to become one of the greenest commercial buildings in the world, according to the news source.

Commercial buildings in the U.S. currently make up 40 percent of the annual energy consumption in the country. Innovation and the development of new technologies for structures, like that used for the Bullitt Center, is currently being funded by the Department of Energy at the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings project (GPIC).

"The story is that this building is pushing the boundaries of performance in all categories, not just in one or two," Jason McLennan, chief executive at the certifying institute for the building, told the Times.

An extensive photovoltaic array will help to provide energy to the building, as the solar technology will provide 100 percent of the electricity for the structure, according to the architect's website.