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Futuristic Office Building Promises To Generate Almost Zero Waste

The Bullitt Center in Seattle plans to reuse as much as possible including purifying toilet water with an on-site plant and using the waste as compost...

Yi Chen
Yi Chen on January 11, 2012. @yiiee


Inspired by the Living Building Challenge, contractors have begun to develop a new five-story building for the Bullitt Foundation in Seattle, USA. The Bullitt Center will be environmentally sustainable and feature a range of green initiatives, including recycled water.

Building designers and engineers are persuading the Environmental Protection Agency that treating all water used onsite could be the answer to drive energy and water waste down. Engineer consultants found that by using marine toilets, wastes can be delivered to a basement composting room to be turned into safe drinking water. Nothing like this has been done before, so the EPA is understandably wary about the proposal.

The building plans have already run into a few other problems in order to meet sustainable energy standards. The use of geothermal walls, eco-friendly architectural designs and energy-efficient computers weren’t enough. Architects and engineers had to include a large, solar panel roofing to the building plans that caused a few concerns by neighboring residents and city officials.

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