DO SUSTAINABLE BUILDING MATERIAL
CHOICES MATTER?

YES. Simply and unequivocally, YES. No matter how you slice it, YES. We can’t say it enough, YES.

The Bullitt Foundation of Seattle, WA (Owners and Developers of The Bullitt Center) shifted its mindset over 46 years ago towards sustainability and conservation.* The Vockler family of ICD High Performance Coatings in Vancouver, WA was on a similar path over 33 years ago. Both of these entities have strong roots in making sustainable choices.*

1972

  • Dorothy Bullitt and her children make the decision to begin committing foundation funds for the protection of the physical environment within the state of Washington.*

1986

  • Larry and Trisha Vockler establish a business with the desire to create green and healthy alternatives for the glass coatings market, formulating their flagship product OPACI-COAT-300®, a water-based silicone opacifier.

2008

  • The two innovative efforts are connected when The Bullitt Center project, participating in ILFI’s Living Building Challenge, was in need of Red List free building materials - in particular a spandrel opacification coating. OPACI-COAT-300® was specified, vetted and approved for application.*

2013

  • The Bullitt Center ceremoniously opens its doors to the public for the first time on Earth Day – celebrated every year on April 22nd. Denis Hayes, President of the Bullitt Foundation coordinated the first ever Earth Day in 1970.

2019

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BOTH ENTITIES HAVE A SIMILAR ACTION-CENTERED QUALIFICATION BENCHMARK:

Do our projects help create healthy, creative, vibrant, prosperous cities – models of sustainability and resilience?


How a Seattle PROJECT earned the title of
’World’s GREENEST commercial’ BUILDING

This $30 million "living laboratory," designed by The Miller Hull Partnership, distinguishes itself from other sustainable projects with … the exclusion of 350 common toxic chemicals - including PVC, lead, mercury, phthalates, BPA and formaldehyde - along with a strict energy and water budget that aims for self-sufficiency under the Living Building Challenge.

… According to office workers, the building is made up of "spectacular views, ample natural light and almost distracting quiet." This is due in part to the exposed, 13-foot-high ceilings and 10-foot-high windows on the upper floors that contribute to an airy loftflike feel and maximize on daylight. It may be the first heavy-timber mid-rise building erected in Seattle since the 1920's, using native Douglas Fir certified by the Forest Stewardship Council for the timber and steel frame.

- Barbara Porada, Arch Daily Article


ARCHITECTS TRUST OUR PRODUCTS ENOUGH TO REPEATEDLY SPECIFY THEM BY NAME

OPACI-COAT-300® is our typical office standard for spandrel locations based on its coverage quality and color range. For the Bullitt Center, ILFI Red List compliance was critical.
— Steve Doub, Senior Associate, Specifier, The Miller Hull Partnership


WHY CHOOSE GREEN ALTERNATIVES?

Through disruptive innovation ICD High Performance Coatings offers architects, developers, and designers free tools and coating solutions for continued sustainable building success. This allows the easy choice of a green-alternative product specification. ICD’s sound, sustainably-minded principals and products have a proven history as the preference for “greener” building materials has grown into an unstoppable demand. Each day as solution-based products are formulated by our in-house Research & Development facility and substantiated products ship from our Pacific Northwest manufacturing facility, we fuel the worlds desire to improve the health and well-being of the glass coating industry – from manufacturing and application to end-use.


Our COLLECTIVE vision becomes reality –
creating healthier working and living spaces
through chemistry.


how DID The Bullitt Center RISE TO MEET The Living Building Challenge?

THE GREENEST BUILDING: HOW THE BULLITT CENTER CHANGES THE URBAN LANDSCAPE

Deep dive into the Bullitt Center buildings’ thoroughly documented history and creation while intuitively learning about the twenty Imperatives distributed
among seven ‘Petal’ areas.


International Living Future Institute™️ and EcoTone Publishing Bookstore offer several other inspiring examples through the Living Building Challenge Series of books.


Essential OPACI-COAT-300® documents available for reference and download


 

OPACI-COAT-300® is included in the mindful Materials Library.

 

Want to learn about OPACI-COAT-300® product advantages from a real, live person?
"ICD103 - Silicone Coatings: An Alternative To Ceramic Frit For Spandrel Glass"
(many dates to choose from - 1 AIA/CE/LU/HSW CREDIT)


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