The World’s Greenest Commercial Building?

The world’s greenest, most energy efficient commercial building? It’s a bold claim, but as the headquarters for the Cascadia Green Building Council–a key force behind the Living Building Challenge, widely considered to be the highest standard in green building–we’d expect nothing less of the new Cascadia Center for Sustainable Design and Construction (CCSDC).

Slated for the intersection of Seattleʼs Central Area and Capitol Hill neighborhoods, this six-story, 50,000-square-foot building is meant to serve as a “living laboratory” for cutting-edge sustainable building technologies and practices.  Information on building’s systems and operations will be continuously monitored, analyzed and made available to the public.

Cascadia Center

image via The Bullit Foundation

The building is also intended to be a boon for local businesses supplying sustainable building materials, and to strengthen Seattleʼs leadership in the green building movement as a whole.

The CCSDC is meant to serve as a center for learning and a model for green development while providing community and economic development in the short and long term. Its builders would like to see it lower barriers for future high performance green projects by transforming the marketplace, and to foster new, hands-on partnerships to advance shared goals in green building for all those involved.

More information on the project and its sponsoring agent, The Bullit Foundation, is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.