Seattle School Certified as World’s Fourth Living Building; First on West Coast

April 16, 2013

For those who aren’t familiar with certified Living Buildings, this story is a great place to start. Congratulations to Bertschi School in Seattle!

EcoHouse and Green wall with students Credit: Business Wire

EcoHouse and Green wall with students
Credit: Business Wire

Bertschi School Science Wing engages and enriches elementary students through hands-on sustainability learning

Bertschi School, an independent elementary school in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Wash., is now home to the first Living Building on the West Coast and the world’s fourth fully certified Living Building. Completed in February 2011, Bertschi’s Living Building Science Wing is a 3,380-square-foot interactive learning environment for students ages 5-11. It is the first built project to meet the standards of version 2.0 of the Living Building Challenge, a green building certification program which integrates urban agriculture, social justice and universal access issues, and the use of healthy building materials.

A program of the International Living Future Institute, the Living Building Challenge (LBC) is wid