Sustainable structures, also known as green buildings or environmentally friendly structures, are structures designed and built with a focus on minimizing their negative impact on the environment while promoting the well-being of their occupants. These buildings use innovative technologies, materials and design strategies to save resources, reduce energy consumption and create healthier living and working spaces.
1. The Edge, Amsterdam, Netherlands
This office building is designed using the "Net-Zero Energy" method, meaning that it produces the amount of energy it consumes. It includes a number of sustainable features, including a green roof, rainwater storage capacity and solar panels. The Edgeis a 40,000 square meter office building in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, considered one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. It was designed byPLP Architectureand built in 2014.
It includes a number of sustainable features, including:
- Green roof: helps insulate the building and reduce its energy consumption.
- Rainwater collection system: which stores rainwater for use in the building's toilets and irrigation system.
- Solar panels: which generate electricity for the building.
- Natural ventilation: helps cool the structure in summer and heat it in winter.
- Integration of smart technology: which enables adapting the building to the needs of its residents and optimizing its energy use.
Here are some other interesting details about The Edge:
- It is the first building in the world to receive a BREEAM Outstanding rating of 98.36%.
- It is estimated to save 60% in energy costs compared to a regular office building.
- It has a WELL rating of 5 stars, which is the highest possible rating for a building that positively affects health.
The Edge is an innovative and inspiring building that shows what is possible to implement when sustainability is taken seriously.
2. Bosco Verticale, Milan, Italy
The towers were designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti and completed in 2014. They are 116 meters high and the other 84 meters, and contain a total of 2,100 trees and about 15,000 shrubs. The trees help improve air quality, reduce pollution and provide shade. They also help regulate the temperature of buildings, which can save energy.
Here are some other interesting details about Bosco Verticale Towers:
- Rainwater storage: The trees are irrigated through a rainwater collection system based on water recycling.
- Solar panels: The buildings are equipped with solar panels and a wind turbine.
- Cost and energy savings: Bosco Verticale is estimated to save 35% in energy costs compared to regular skyscrapers.
Bosco Verticale is an example of a landmark in sustainable architecture. It shows us how buildings can be designed to improve the environment and quality of life of its residents. The towers inspire other cities around the world looking for ways to build green, more habitable urban environments.
3. One Central Park, Sydney, Australia
"The Crystal" is a 6,300 square meter exhibition and event hosting building located in the Royal Docks in East London. It was designed by WilkinsonEyre Architects and opened in 2012. Designed as a showcase for sustainable technologies, the crystal includes a number of innovative features, such as:
- Living wall: helps improve air quality and reduce pollution.
- Rainwater collection system: which collects rainwater for use in the building's toilets and irrigation system.
- Biomass Boiler Boiler: which supplies heat to the structure.
- Smart building management system: that optimizes the energy use of the building.
The Crystal has won several sustainability awards, including BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum. It is estimated that The Crystal will save 60% in energy costs compared to a conventional building of its size. The crystal is a striking example of successful sustainable architecture in the UK.
- The building is made from a variety of sustainable materials, including recycled steel, wood and glass.
- The building has several energy-saving features, such as natural ventilation, low-energy lighting and insulation.
- The building is also a venue for hosting several educational exhibitions on sustainability.
- The Crystal is a popular tourist destination, and is also used for a variety of events, such as conferences, exhibitions and concerts.
One of the crystal's specific sustainability features is the "living wall": the living wall is made up of over 10,000 plants, and it helps improve air quality, reduce associated pollution and provide shade. It is a valuable resource for learning about sustainable living and introducing the latest technologies.
5. Bullitt Center, Seattle, Washington, USA
Bullitt Center is a 52,000-square-foot office building located in Seattle, Washington. It was designed by Miller Hull Partnership and opened in 2012. Bullitt Center is designed to be the greenest commercial building in the world and is certified by the Living Building Challenge, the strictest green building standard in the world.
Here are some of the sustainability features of the Bullitt Center:
- Net Zero Energy: Bullitt Center generates the amount of energy it consumes, on an annual basis. This is achieved through a combination of on-site renewable energy production (solar panels), energy efficiency measures (high-performance insulation, low-energy lighting, etc.), management and control (construction controls using smart systems).
- Net Water Zero: The Bullitt Center stores and treats all of its water on site. This includes rainwater, "gray" water and "black" water. Rainwater is used for cleaning, flushing toilets and irrigation, gray water is treated and used for non-potable uses, and black water is treated and discarded into a septic system.
- Renewables: The Bullitt Center is made from a variety of sustainable materials, including recycled steel, wood and concrete. The tree is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, ensuring it is harvested sustainably.
- Indoor Air Quality: Bullitt Center has excellent indoor air quality. This is achieved through a combination of high-performance ventilation, low-emission materials and a green roof.
- Sustainable Transportation: Bullitt Center is located in a walkable neighborhood and is close to public transportation. This makes it easier for employees to get to work without a car.
The Bullitt Centre is a truly innovative and inspiring building that shows what's possible when sustainability is taken seriously. It serves as a model for other structures around the world, helping pave the way for a more sustainable future.
Here are some more interesting details about the Bullitt Center:
- It is the first commercial building in the world to be certified by the Living Building Challenge.
- It is estimated to save 70% in energy costs compared to a regular office building.
- It is expected to reduce the urban heat island effect by 2 degrees Celsius.
- The Bullitt Centre has won numerous sustainability awards, including the LivingBuilding Challenge Platinum Honor .
These are just a few examples of many sustainable structures being built around the world. As more and more people become aware of the importance of sustainability, we can expect to see more and more innovative and eco-friendly buildings built in the future.