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The Bullitt Center

  • In April of 2013, CEJS moved in to The Bullitt Center (BC), billed as the world’s “greenest commercial building.” The BC was built to meet the Living Building Challenge (LBC), the most rigorous sustainability-related performance standard in the world.    

    Read more about this fascinating building at the above links. And, tours are available to the SU community -- click here for information!

    Here, we’d like to share a few interesting tidbits about the building and what it’s like to office here.Bullitt Lovely Light  

    • Great windows, light, and equity: building designers wanted natural light to reach all work stations. Not only does this save energy, but was framed as an equity issue – everyone (not just the highest paid) in the building has an office with great windows.  
    • Beautiful stairs: if you want tenants to cut down on elevator (and energy) use, build a grand staircase featuring the building’s best possible views; the BC has certainly succeeded in this regard. Plus, using the stairs is good for our health!
    • The BC won’t be the greenest commercial building in the world for long. At least that's the hope. The building’s performance is being monitored, the research disseminated, and future buildings will learn a great deal from this prototype.
    • Finally, the composting toilets don’t smell bad at all. Visit us and give them a try!

         (Photo credit: Ben Benschneider)