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Sustainable Buildings Across the Globe

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Now that global warming is posing an impending threat, people are more impressed when a building is designed with sustainability in mind. What is sustainable design? This is a good question to start with. Sustainable design or sustainable building seeks to reduce negative impacts on the environment, and the health and comfort of building occupants, thereby improving building performance. The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, and create healthy, productive.


These 10 buildings are packed with sustainable features to cut down on carbon emissions and benefit the naturalenvironment.


1. Shanghai Tower, China; This building in London is one of the world's most sustainable. The Crystal is an events venue located near the Royal Docks. It is based on an 18,000 square metre site which is filled with urban landscaping that surrounds the building. The building is completely electric, and is heated via ground source heat pumps. Another sustainability feature is the energy provided by solar power, these generate over 20% of the electricity that is used.



2. The Crystal, London, UK: This building in London is one of the world's most sustainable. The Crystal is an events venue located near the Royal Docks. It is based on an 18,000-square-meter site which is filled with urban landscaping that surrounds the building. The building is completely electric and is heated via ground-source heat pumps. Another sustainability feature is the energy provided by solar power; these generate over 20% of the electricity that is used.



3. Museum of Tomorrow, Brazil: This is a science museum built in Rio de Janeiro. This building, which is known as one of the world’s most extraordinary, is an extraordinary example of sustainable engineering. Museum of Tomorrow has a cooling system that uses the nearby bay to regulate temperature. Thebuilding’s spines are made of solar panels which can be moved/angled to catch as much sunlight at all times of day.



4. Pixel Building, Melbourne, Australia: This office building is Australia's first carbon-neutral structure. The building was designed by Studio505 and it scored 105 points on Australia's green/sustainable rating system. The building is packed with sustainable features like a waste reduction system, a water harvesting facility, green roofs, and a renewable energy set-up.



5. One central park, Sydney, Australia: This building plan was originally designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Foster and Partners. One central park has a range of green features, such as a water harvesting system, green roofs, recycling demolished materials, car sharing, and sewer mining. The interior and exterior contain pots with plants and greenery located mainly on the balconies.


6. Phipps’ Center For Sustainable Landscapes, USA: The Phipps’ Center is an education and research facility. This building is the only one to meet all 6 highest green certifications. Its main sustainable features include how the building’s energy is all generated by itself with the usage of wind turbines and solar panels, and how all rain and storm water captured by the building is treated using sand and UV filters. The building and company are focused on showing the connection between built environments and nature.



7. Suzlon one earth, India; This corporate campus is one of the greenest in the world. Due to this company's sustainable measures, it has cut its costs by 35%. Some of the building's most sustainable features include rainwater harvesting, onsite waste recycling and conversion, as well as a design that puts the office within the garden to utilize daylight usage.,



8. Sun-Moon Mansion, China: This building is one of the largest solar structures in the world. The building features a fan-shaped roof with over 5000 solar panels. The building itself is used as a hotel, research facilities, meeting rooms as well as an exhibition center.



9. SEAT’s Martorell plant, Barcelona: Seat’s car factory in Barcelona has a lot of sustainable building features. The factory has around 4000 square meters of photocatalytic pavement which reduces air pollution by 40% because of the way the materials react in contact with pollution and light. The building also features the largest solar power plant in automotive companies. There are 53,000 panels in total, which generates around 17 million kWh every year.



10. Marco Polo Tower, Hamburg, Germany: This sustainable building was first built in 2009, and has won architectural awards and prizes such as the Mipim Award for best residential project. The tower is residential accommodation that is split up into apartments. Each floor of the building is turned on an axis by a few degrees. This means every floor overhangs the one above so the apartments are protected from direct sunlight. Vacuum collectors on the roof, along with a heat exchanger are used to turn heat into a cooling system which is used within the apartments.

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