It’s a well-documented fact that buildings are responsible for emitting nearly 40% of all global greenhouse gas emissions, classifying them as a major contributor to our current climate crisis. Likewise, there is a significant predicament with construction affordability that can impede progress in realizing sustainable building design and construction. 

A problem as profound as climate change requires radical innovation to solve it—a principle embodied by Seattle-based McKinstry, a full-service design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facility services. This pioneering approach to design thinking was a driving force behind the firm’s development of the Catalyst building in Spokane, WA, the new zero energy and carbon home for several Eastern Washington University departments and McKinstry offices, which is on track to become one of the largest International Living Future Institute (ILFI)-certified Zero Energy (ZE) buildings in the world. 

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