Composting Toilets: Lessons Learned

Posted by Brad Kahn on Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 6:40 PM

The Bullitt Center was designed to show what’s possible. It is exploring scores of new ideas in an effort to push architects, engineers, developers, and bankers to ever-greater levels of environmental performance. Before the Center was built, for example, every developer interviewed by the project team asserted that it would be impossible to generate as…

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Net Positive Energy + Water Conference

Posted by Nina Smith-Gardiner, AIA, LEED AP on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 5:37 PM

On February 4-5, 2014, the International Living Future Institute (ILFI)  presented a fantastic series of events and speakers over two days in San Francisco, focusing on projects that are Net Zero in their energy and water use.  As inspiration, the conference started with a tour of projects in San Francisco and the East Bay.  The…

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Denis Hayes on the Rainwater Catchment System

Posted by Brad Kahn on Fri, Mar 01, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Recently a reporter submitted this question about rainwater collection and use at the Bullitt Center: I know one of the major features of the Bullitt Center is the cistern that will store all the rainwater that will then be harvested for use in the building. That’s the only water source of the Center, right? Now,…

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Rainwater Collection and Use at the Bullitt Center

Posted by Nina Smith-Gardiner, AIA, LEED AP and Rob Pena, Associate Professor at the University of Washington on Wed, Aug 08, 2012 at 7:48 PM

In natural systems there‘s no such thing as waste: what dies or is discarded in one place becomes food or shelter someplace else. The intent of the Living Building Challenge’s Water Petal is to redefine our thinking about “waste” and to realign how we use water. This Petal isn’t about doing less bad but about…

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