Living Buildings take Sustainability to the Next Level

Photogrpahy of the Bertschi School Living Science Building. Seattle, Washington. Clients: KMD Architects, The Bertschi School, Skanska USA Building, Quantum Consulting Engineers, LLC, Hermanson Company, LLC, GGLO, Rushing and O'Brien & Company. © Benjamin Benschneider All rights Reserved. Usage rights may be arranged by contacting Benjamin Benschneider Photography. Email: bbenschneider@comcast.net or phone 206-789-5973

The Bertschi School Living Science Building in Seattle, Washington. Built by Skanska as one of our first living building projects.

For years, sustainability has been more than just a buzzword in the construction industry – and with good reason.  As stewards of a planet with limited natural resources, it’s in our own interest to build projects that consume less.

The concept of Net-Zero construction has pushed the boundaries of sustainable green building further. This movement saw projects designed and constructed to offset the energy and water operations consumer through a variety of strategies ranging from on-site energy generation to rainwater harvesting.

We are entering the era of the Living Building, the industry’s most rigorous performance standard to date.  According to the International Living Future Institute, Living Buildings operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature’s architecture.

Skanksa has become a vocal champion of green, sustainable and living building. In a recent interview with Construction DiveStacy Smedley, director of sustainability at Skanska USA, shared her experiences with ILFI and how it is a new area worthy of exploration.

Read the full story, with more from Stacy Smedley, here.

And for more on “How a Living Building Comes to Life,” check out our previous blog post here.

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Skanska USA

Skanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies in the U.S., serving a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including those in transportation, power, industrial, water/wastewater, healthcare, life science, education, sports & entertainment, data centers, government, aviation and commercial industries.

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