1. Apple Park in Cupertino, California
Dreamed up by Steve Jobs himself, long before the technology existed to pull it off, Apple’s new campus looks like a spaceship landed in verdant parklands. The building itself breathes, inhaling cool, fresh air through canopies and exhaling warm air back outside through chimney-like shafts. The entire building runs on sustainable energy sources thanks to the 805,000 square feet of solar arrays on the campus.
2. The Bulitt Centre in Seattle
The world’s greenest commercial building was constructed without the 350 most toxic and common chemicals used in the building industry. It has strict energy and water budgets which are achieved using composting toilets, a rainwater collection and purification system and a roof constructed using photovoltaic solar panels which produce more energy than the building consumes.
3. NuOffice in Munich, Germany
An office building that was designed prioritising both a high energy efficiency standard and maximum comfort requirements. This was achieved using environmentally compatible building material to promote a high quality of ambient air, as well as the most energy-efficient options for heating, cooling, ventilating and lighting.
4. One Angel Square in Manchester, England
One of the most sustainable large-scale buildings in Europe, One Angel Square received an ‘outstanding’ sustainability rating by BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method). Powered by an innovative biodiesel cogeneration plant which uses rapeseed oil to provide electricity and heat. It also leverages natural resources by maximising passive solar gain for heating and using natural ventilation through its double-skin façade for cooling and airflow.
5. The Crystal, London
Part of the Green Enterprise District Policy in East London, The Crystal on the Royal Victoria Dock is the most sustainable building in London and features a permanent exhibition about sustainable development. The Crystal uses a combination of solar power and ground source heat pumps to self-generate energy. It is the first building to have received the two highest accolades from the world’s leading sustainability accreditation bodies, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and BREAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).