The Greenest Building

How the Bullitt Center Changes the Urban Landscape
Jan 21, 2016 9:00 AM ET
Press Release

SEATTLE, January 21, 2016 /3BL Media/ — Ecotone Publishing announced today the release of The Greenest Building: How the Bullitt Center Changes the Urban Landscape. With projects around the world trying to replicate the lessons from the Bullitt Center, this book offers invaluable insight into what it took to make the building a reality.

“In stunning detail and gorgeous photos, the Greenest Building documents how the project team made the Bullitt Center happen,” said Denis Hayes, CEO of the Bullitt Foundation. “As a society, we need to expect much more from our buildings and this book is a road map to show how we get there,” he added.

The Greenest Building takes readers on a private tour through the game-changing Bullitt Center, the world’s first Class-A commercial office that meets the rigorous demands of the Living Building Challenge. From regulatory and financial hurdles to energy strategies and materials vetting, the book captures the often precedent-setting approaches used by the project team.

Author Mary Adam Thomas interlaces descriptive narrative with candid insights from the people whose dedication made the Bullitt Center a reality, delivering an informative, technical and instructive prospectus that will appeal to professional and lay audiences alike.

“The design of the Bullitt Center blends novel building systems with novel social systems, using material architecture to structure choice architecture. This book tells that data-rich story in great detail.”  Daniel S. Friedman, Dean of College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Washington

By: Mary Adam Thomas

Foreword: Daniel S. Friedman

Ecotone Publishing – An Imprint of the International Living Future Institute

ISBN: 9780982774960

184 Pages, $36.95

Praise for The Greenest Building:

The audacity of Denis Hayes’s ambition for the Bullitt Center is exceeded only by the tenacity of the skilled team that achieved it. Read this bold, lovely, and inspiring book about how they did the impossible. Then make it better and go build your own!

-- Amory B. Lovins, Cofounder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

About the Author
Mary Adam Thomas is an independent writer who plays with words through her business, Thomas Communications. She is the collaborative author of Jason F. McLennan’s collection of essays, Zugunruhe: The Inner Migration to Profound Environmental Change and of The Web-Savvy Patient: An Insider’s Guide to Navigating the Internet When Facing Medical Crisis by Andrew Schorr. Mary's first solo authorship book showcases one of the earliest projects  to take on the Living Building Challenge, Building in Bloom: The Making of the Sustainable Learning Center at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Her broad portfolio of written work includes essays and editorial pieces that have appeared in a wide variety of print and online publications catering to consumer and professional audiences.

About the Publisher and the Series:
Ecotone Publishing is a division of the International Living Future Institute and is dedicated to meeting the growing demand for authoritative and accessible books on sustainable design, materials selection and building techniques in North America and beyond. Located in the Cascadia region, Ecotone is well positioned to play an important part in the renowned green design movement of the Pacific Northwest. Instilled with the same pioneering spirit from that which the company was born, Ecotone searches out inspiring projects, people and vital trends that can lead the design industry to transformational change toward a healthier planet.

Created and crafted to address the appetite for educational information about Living Building projects, the Living Building Challenge Series (LBCS) of publications combine project-specific details with interjections from owners, key stakeholders and the design teams, telling the valuable stories of how these remarkable structures came to life. The Greenest Building is the 5th title in the LBCS.

Media Contacts:

Lisa Lilienthal, 404.661.3679

For review copy/cover art:

Michael Berrisford, Ecotone Publishing, 250.274.4444