24 Aug '12, 11am

What other cities can learn from Seattle’s troubled ‘deep green’ building program

What other cities can learn from Seattle’s troubled ‘deep green’ building program

The Bullitt Center will feature 100 percent solar power, a rain garden, and composting toilets. In 2009, Seattle set out to to create the next generation of cutting-edge green buildings and inspire other forward-thinking cities to follow suit. Three years later, only one of these space-age structures is under construction, with just two more in the planning stages. What happened to the Emerald City’s “deep green” dreams? Under the Living Building Challenge Pilot Program, which went into effect in 2010, the city offered special incentives to the first 12 developers who managed to meet at least 60 percent of the requirements of the Living Building Challenge , a program that leaves the LEED green building standards in the dust. To win official Living Building status, a structure must, among other things, generate all its own electricity and only use water that falls on site. ...

Full article: http://grist.org/cities/what-other-cities-can-learn-from-...

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