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DESIGN TALK

BUILT TO LAST

By harnessing the newest, smartest technology, these are the greenest, most sustainable buildings in the world – and each one is an architectural stunner.

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Convention Centre | Vancouver

How appropriate: one of the world’s greenest cities has probably the world’s greenest convention centre. It has earned an LEED Platinum rating. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and LEED Platinum simply means very green. The gigantic roof features more than 400,000 plants and 240,000 bees, which is why it’s called ‘the living roof.’

Hearst Tower | New York City

Designed by famous architect Norman Foster, the Hearst Tower opened in 2006 and was one of the first truly green buildings in the world. For a start, 85% of the tower’s steel contains recycled material. The floors, meanwhile, are heat-conducting limestone and special tubing beneath them is filled with circulating water, which keeps the tower cool in summer and warm in winter.

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The Crystal | London

This building has the highest LEED rating in the world. Located in London’s Docklands, it achieves the highest energy efficiency through the use of the newest, smartest technology. Perhaps that’s no surprise: it’s owned by Siemens.

The Shanghai Tower | Shanghai

Its owners call it the greenest of the world’s tallest buildings. It’s certainly high, at 121 storeys and 632m, and near the top are wind turbines that generate 350,000kWh. (An average European family consumes about 3,300kWh a year.) The tower uses geothermal energy for heating and cooling, too. The hotels, shops and offices in this green tower get 16,000 visitors a day.

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Ford's Sustainable Campus

Ford has begun a 10-year transformation of its facilities in Dearborn, Michigan. The radical rethink includes Ford’s world headquarters and will accommodate 30,000 employees in two main campus locations. It will be a walkable community, with paths, trails and covered walkways as well as bikes for employees. The two campus sites will reduce energy use by about 50%, save water and include a new ‘zero-waste, zero-energy, zero-water’ building.

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