Latest in 'living building' green design: Self-sustaining classroom via @KPLU
A prototype of a self-sustaining portable classroom has arrived at a parking lot in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.The classroom is meant to set a higher bar for schools by demonstrating they can meet the highest standard of green building design, the Living Building Challenge, fairly quickly.
The 900-square foot portable, which is parked next to the headquarters of Paul Allen's South Lake Union Discovery Center, is powered and heated entirely by rooftop solar panels. All the water used is rain collected in a cistern. There’s a composting toilet. And everything from the carpets to the walls is made of non-toxic materials.