Here are some of the greenest buildings around the world. Take a peek at a few environmentally-friendly architecture.
Adobe Systems is the first major corporation to star on the LEED-platinum (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating list, and they are clearly setting an example for other businesses. Since it began making gradual changes in 2001, the company has invested millions to implement numerous projects related to conservation and sustainability. Over the years, these projects have helped Adobe reduce water use by 22%, landscape water use by 76%, electricity by 35%, and natural gas by 41%. The 17-story Almaden Tower is part of Adobe’s LEED platinum-certified complex, which also consists of the 18-story West Tower and a 16-story East Tower.
It was the first new commercial office building in Australia to meet and exceed the six star rating system administered by the Green Building Council of Australia. Equally important to its environmental features is that it provides 100% fresh air to all occupants with one complete air change every half hour. The benefits of superior indoor air quality and conservative estimates on energy costs will see the building pay for all its innovation within five to ten years.
Some of the highlights of its “green” design include:
- Twelve point five percent of the facility’s energy will be produced from renewable sources such as solar thermal, photovoltaic, wind, geothermal and canal water sources
- High performance, energy efficient windows will provide daylight to the facility, reduce electricity requirements and reduce the need for additional cooling.
- Roof manufactured with reflective material to keep the building cool.
- Design targets include approximately 10-20 percent of recycled content will be used in facility construction.
- At least 20 percent of all construction material will be sourced locally.
- Construction of this facility will be managed closely to divert approximately 70 percent construction waste to recycling.
- Overall site water use will be reduced by 40 percent from conventional facility designs. Landscaping water use will be reduced by about 50 percent from conventional designs.
Bloomberg owns what is currently the only platinum-certified building in Great Britain, but their offices around the world have also been awarded with lower honors.
The very first building on the entire continent of Asia to achieve LEED platinum status.
LA MAISON DU DEVELOPPEMENT DURABLE Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Canada’s Center for Sustainable Development promotes green initiatives not only in its architecture, but other aspects of life as well.
Translated as “BMW World” into English, this green building showcases the luxury vehicle manufacturer’s latest lines and serves as a conference center and event hall.