As new building are constructed and old buildings are renovated, designs are including features and processes to “go green.” Better use of resources, less waste and attention to many small details can add up to significant improvements in the building’s environmental impact.
Some examples from around the world
- Beautiful Mexico City Building Eats The City’s Smog – Using a new type of tile that converts the chemicals in pollution into less toxic substances, the Torre de Especialidades is fighting the city’s bad air–and looking good in the process.
- Entire Building Is Powered By Its Algae-Filled Walls – A new building in Germany gets its energy from what’s growing inside it.
American Institute of Architects (AIA) named the top ten greenest buildings in America. The AIA says that buildings on the list “make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants and reduce environmental impacts.
LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – an internationally recognized green building certification system
- Gold certification
The U.S. Green Building Council determines certification using a rating system that measures the environmental impacts of a building’s design, construction, operations and management
- American Institute of Architects (AIA) named the top ten greenest buildings in America.