This Friday the Bertschi School in Seattle, Washington will celebrate the opening of its brand new,sustainable science wing, which features a slew of eco elements. The new wing complements the already sustainable school, which features a green roof and a solar system large enough to power the whole facility. With the new addition designed pro bono by the Restorative Design Collective, the Bertschi school is one of the state’s greenest buildings and the Science Wing is on track to become the first certified Living Building in Washington.
The Bertschi Science Wing’s abilities include:
- Collecting rainwater that will flow through a tunnel in the classroom so the water can be tested and then collected for later use in cisterns.
- An ethnobotanical garden will teach the children to grow and harvest their own food.
- The new wing also features a composting toilet, a living wall that reclaims grey water, a green moss-mat roof, natural ventilation and radiant floor heating.
- Monitoring equipment for the building’s net zero, solar energy system and more will be visible to students.
- Design for the new school wing was achieved through a collaboration between leading green building professionals from the Pacific Northwest called the Restorative Design Collective.
- The Bertschi Science Wing was designed to meet the Living Building 2.0 standards and will spend the next year monitoring its efficiency. Only after a year of monitoring may a building be certified as a Living Building. Currently, there are only 3 certified Living Buildings in the US and none of them are in Washington. The official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place this Friday