42 Responses to “15 of The Greenest Buildings in The World”

  1. Overseas property investment on January 2, 2008 11:37 am

    A great list – and very hopeful for the future. Green is good :)

  2. Sergio on January 8, 2008 1:03 pm

    with all the new technology we need to see new modern buildings

  3. Mike Mazepa on January 8, 2008 1:21 pm

    Check out the new Manitoba Hydro building being built in Winnipeg, Canada. Its supposed to be one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the world. Check it out http://canada.archiseek.com/news/2005/000213.html

  4. anon on January 8, 2008 1:23 pm

    You forgot the Manitoba Hydro office tower project.
    http://www.hydro.mb.ca/projects/downtown/vision.shtml
    Gold LEEDS certified, it will be the most energy efficient building in a northern climate.

  5. Concerned Activist on January 8, 2008 1:23 pm

    I feel “Residence Antilia” shouldn’t be on this list.

    Aside from the architecture and innovation involved in having a green building, the movement also emphasizes a downsizing of our excesses to a sustainable lifestyle that suits our needs.

    No human, not even an Indian propery mogul, needs a 70 story, 803 foot tall home. His motivation for building it seems less environmental, and more promotional.

  6. John Bechen on January 8, 2008 1:38 pm

    You should have included the Region 8 EPA headquarters building in Denver, CO

  7. puzzled on January 8, 2008 2:03 pm

    I can’t /imagine/ how you can consider the Residence Antilia a green building with the amount of resources needed to build a 70-story single family house….

    ?

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  9. no thanks on January 8, 2008 2:06 pm

    BMW Welt is an amazing piece of work, something you have to see in person to appreciate!

  10. SoupNumber5 on January 8, 2008 2:23 pm

    Are those buildings made of weed and smokable?

  11. Yousaf on January 8, 2008 2:34 pm

    Residence Antilia: a 70 storey building to house a single family – sounds more like a grievous waste of space than a green initiative.

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  14. jason keesee on January 8, 2008 3:16 pm

    they do use photovoltaics in the windows of the building. It’s two blocks from my home, and we see it in use every night because the energy they capture is used for the exterior lighting of the building

  15. jason keesee on January 8, 2008 3:21 pm

    You also failed to mention the Heifer Project International building on the same site, it was just selected as one of the greenest designs in the U.S.

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  17. none on January 8, 2008 3:52 pm

    you seemed to have chosen projects that are self-consciously/showily “green”, even when they actually aren’t truly green at all (a skyscraper for a family – that is the DEFINITION of material excess). there are many more projects out there that don’t broadcast their greenness but are in fact much more conservation-oriented than any of these. for example, adobe (the software co.) just retrofitted their office buildings in san jose, ca to be LEED platinum – the highest level. from the outside they still look like your standard-issue glass boxes but they are LEED platinum because of really important things like cutting down on energy use and waste in the first place (then you don’t need to cover your building in solar panels, or attach wind turbines at the top – though these are good things). there are many more examples like this, and a follow-up post on this topic would be great and allow you to get into the topic more fully.

  18. Logan on January 8, 2008 5:35 pm

    The Clinton library makes me laugh, he was at Sierra Nevada College in august 10th Anniversary Lake Tahoe Forum commenting on OUR new platinum-LEED environmental science building at the college and how his library is still silver rated but he will be catching up to us soon… 3 months later he went platinum.

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  20. bobmarlee on January 8, 2008 9:49 pm

    Many of these don’t exist yet and therefore aren’t really buildings, let alone proven green.

  21. justine on January 9, 2008 12:11 am

    These are amazing,the future of houses will be great.

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  27. Matchu on January 15, 2008 9:53 am

    Some really fantastic buildings in there, however, its bitterly disappointing that there is not a single entry from the UK in there.

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  29. Doug L on January 22, 2008 9:02 pm

    Great list. I think that the vertical residence in Mumbai is the most intriquing in concept. Verticality offers the most opportunity for creating the unfilled craving for natural space in the urban setting (though Foster’s Crystal Island offers much also in creating the environment that humans crave). I can imagine the vertical residence concept being modified for vertical farms making that potentially the most “green” in a real sense.

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  31. abdul bilal diamondwala on January 28, 2008 12:22 am

    This is in respect to the much vaunted and discussed so called India Tower. I would like to avail of this opportunity to brief readers, pertaining to a brief background of the area, where the proposed tower is supposed to be built. Contruction has not as yet commenced as there are residential pockets existing who have not signed any agreement with Neelkamal or Balwas-Dynamix( developers); for handing of the their premises. There are still legal petitions pending in court , in respect to the area, which hitherto has been known as Diamond Jubilee Compound. The Developers had mislead and duped the people of the above mentioned compound in acquiring the premises. They had promised to build an Educational institution , whereas in reality their intentions were in stark contrast to their professed statements . Balwas and Patel of Neelkamal have used professional ruffians(goondas) to get the land evicted of bonafide tenants, who had been residing in the area, for nearly 5 generations. They used criminal intimidation and strong arm tactics to get the land evicted of tentants. Both developers(Balwas and Neelkamal) time and again flaunted their political connections, in order to intimidate and subdue any opposition to their nefarious agenda. They time and again cited their affinity to Sharad Pawar and Goenka to force people to comply . I was a resident of the said compound, but was compelled to vacate, much against my wishes as Balwas and Patel used criminal intimdation against my family members, incuding ladies , to make me comply. Till date i havent signed any agreement with the Developers , pertaining to handing over of my premises and i am pursuing the matter through legal petitions in the courts. Readers please bear in mind that these Developers are no businessmen, but crooks and cronies of certain politicians of the worst order. Though ostensibly the Develepors are using the title of ‘Suresh Estate Pvt. LTD’ in reality it is Neelkamal and Balwas which is running the show. The above mentioned property also falls under the Charity Commissioner of Mumbai as it is ‘waqf land meaning land which has been gifted to local muslims by the Muslim Trust of Nakhuda Rogay Trust.

  32. Dito Web Design on February 2, 2008 9:26 pm

    3rd one, the ‘single family tower’ was my favorite of the bunch.

  33. zeniamai on February 17, 2008 10:36 pm

    wow. very nice building designs you got here… Nice list.. I hope to see these buildings in the near future… With architecture and IT combined the result is an entire different level of architectural designs.

  34. abdul hameed on April 26, 2008 7:41 am

    This is in respect to the much vaunted and discussed so called India Tower. I would like to avail of this opportunity to brief readers, pertaining to a brief background of the area, where the proposed tower is supposed to be built. Though contruction may have commenced , there are still some residential pockets existing who have not signed any agreement with Neelkamal or Balwas-Dynamix( developers); for handing of the their premises. There are still legal petitions pending in court , in respect to the area, which hitherto has been known as Diamond Jubilee Compound. The Developers namely Salim Balwa, Adil Patel and Nabil Patel have mislead and duped the people of the above mentioned compound in acquiring the premises. They had promised to build an Educational institution , whereas in reality their intentions were in stark contrast to their professed statements . Balwas and Patel of Neelkamal have used professional ruffians(goondas) to get the land evicted of bonafide tenants, who had been residing in the area, for nearly 5 generations. They used criminal intimidation and strong arm tactics to get the land evicted of tentants. Both developers(Balwas and Neelkamal) time and again flaunted their political connections, in order to intimidate and subdue any opposition to their nefarious agenda. They time and again cited their affinity to Sharad Pawar and Vinod Goenka to force people to comply . I was a resident of the said compound, but was compelled to vacate, much against my wishes as Salim Balwas and Nabil Patel used criminal intimdation against my family members, incuding ladies , to make me comply. Till date i havent signed any agreement with the Developers , pertaining to handing over of my premises and i am pursuing the matter through legal petitions in the courts. Readers please bear in mind that these Developers are no businessmen, but crooks and cronies of certain politicians of the worst order. Though ostensibly the Develepors are using the title of ‘Suresh Estate Pvt. LTD’ in reality it is Neelkamal and Balwas which is running the show. The above mentioned property also falls under the Charity Commissioner of Mumbai as it is ‘waqf land meaning land which has been gifted to local muslims by the Muslim Trust of Nakhuda Rogay Trust. Also, it should be noted that these developers have exaggerated the caret areas of residential pockets in the above mentioned compound, in order to additional F.S.I., which is in direct contravention of established muncipal laws. in the deed of conveyance as signed between Suresh Estates and Neelkamal , Dymamix Balwas groups, the later have grossly inflated and maipulated the available carpet area. for eg: with respect to Baakzaa House which occupied 4500 sq. feet carpet, in the deed of conveyance the above mentioned builders nee croosk, have mentioned an area of 9500 sq feet. Apart from this gross cheating and blatant manipulation, they had the temerity to submit totally bogus rent receipts and electricy bills of Baakza House, which will be presented for legal scrutiny as and when the time comes. We have sent e-mails in this connection to all reputed builders and government agencies in Maharashtra, so that they may be aware of the true colors of such developers of ill-repute, who are nothing but the scum of this earth.

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  37. anna on June 16, 2008 4:40 pm

    Those are not the greenest building out there.
    Those are 15 huge, expensive projects that are MARKETED ecological and green.
    There is no way a 70 floor mansion for one family is green enough to be listed, and all the millions of houses in the third world, without even being able to afford electricity in, would not be. Green is not always the most marketed, the biggest, and the most expensive – it is rather the smaller, and the ones that don’t waste resources. Even if that 70- storey high one family house was made of the traditional Indian building material (the cow.. product) it would still be exagerated.

  38. Elizabeth on September 23, 2008 1:41 pm

    What about the Applied Research and Design Building at Northern Arizona University. It’s rarely mentioned in these lists, but it recently was certified LEEDS Platinum and is one of the three greenest buildings in the world.

    http://www4.nau.edu/insidenau/bumps/2008/1_24_08/ard.htm

  39. M.K. schmidt on January 31, 2009 12:15 pm

    You have forgotten the building the US Green Building Council called “the greenest building in the world,” the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Wisconsin. The building houses offices and educational space for the foundation that carries the name of one of the nation’s greatest environmentalists, Aldo Leopold. More at http://www.aldoleopold.org. The new center was build by The Boldt Company, one of the leading green construction companies in the nation. It recieved a LEED Platinum designation and racked up more LEED point than any other building to date.

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  42. McQuay PTAC Guy on March 3, 2009 1:10 pm

    Nice list. An added benefit of green, in most cases, is innovative design. These buildings overall are very attractive.

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