The World’s Three Greenest Buildings And What They Can Teach Us

Buildings are responsible for around 30% to 40% of global energy usage, consuming a third of total resources expended and generating 40% of the world’s solid waste.1 When the health of the planet is taken into consideration, it is no longer satisfactory to simply construct buildings that are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Sustainability has become more important than ever. A shift in the way we construct buildings needs to take place.

Buildings in the United States alone account for a substantial 39% of the country’s CO2 emissions.2 It is has become clear that our office blocks, skyscrapers and residential dwellings need to make a green transformation, if we ever hope to achieve a peaceful and healthy equilibrium with the planet. Here, we analyse three of the world’s most sustainable buildings to see how their innovative designs are helping to make progressive steps towards a greener environment.