Green buildings and sustainable design innovations are increasingly making its mark in the world. There are a growing number of structures built with sustainability in mind. This shift towards eco-friendly design resulted to some of the most awe-inspiring green buildings across the globe that combines aesthetics and function.
1. Bahrain World Trade Center
Location: Manama, Bahrain
Highlights: Modern design equipped with three huge wind turbines on its façade. The turbines provide roughly 15% of energy used to power the building. Bahrain WTC also has a solar-powered and other sustainable design features.
2. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Location: Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Highlights: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is touted to be the world’s largest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum project at the time it was certified. The massive complex fully utilizes its wastewater.
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Highlights: First carbon neutral building in Australia, energy efficient (façade made of pixilated shade design, use of natural daylight and ventilation); a green roof with solar panels, wind turbines, and rain harvesting features; high LEED rating
4. Shanghai Tower
Location: Shanghai, China
Highlights: Wind turbines installed on top, use of natural lighting; automated system that keep tracks of heating, lighting, and ventilation; other green features and technology
5. TELUS Garden
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Highlights: LEED Platinum mixed-use building; sustainability features include rainwater harvesting, community food garden, an energy system that maximizes heat from the facility’s data centre to regulate temperature in the office and residential buildings; solar panels, green space outdoors, electric vehicles’ charging area
6. The Crystal
Location: London, England, UK
Highlights: LEED Platinum building, Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment (BREEAM) “Outstanding” certification, a roof with a rainwater harvesting feature, recycling and reusing of wastewater, no fossil resources used
7. The Edge
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Highlights: Touted as the world’s most sustainable building, carbon neutral building, boasts of innovative and sustainable features, state of the art technology that promotes sustainability, 98.36% BREEAM sustainability score; highly efficient LED panels with light, motion, and temperature sensors among others; optimal use of natural lighting and ventilation, use of smart and sustainable technologies