October 29, 2020
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Portland building earns top certification for sustainability

Mahlum Architects’ new studio is the first Living Building Petal certification project in the city.

PORTLAND, Ore — Talk about a transformation.

A one-time car dealership turned stamping manufacturer in Southeast Portland is now one of greenest buildings on the planet.

Mahlum Architects’ new studio is the first Living Building Petal certification project in the city. That means the building is as about as environmentally friendly as buildings can get.

Almost everything inside of it is non-toxic.

“The rigor is what makes it special,” said partner Kurt Haapala.

And rigor is certainly the right word.

The building is the first of its kind in Portland and one of only a small number worldwide.

“I think it’s 48th in the country and 57th in the world,” said Haapala.

In order to obtain the special certification, the company had to eliminate over 800 toxic materials typically found in workspaces.

These are chemicals

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