Green building the world over is becoming more and more of interest to the public, and for the development community, too. One region of particular interest is in Asia, a fast growing market with a huge population to support. There have been many, many concerns when it comes to sustainable industry in many Asian countries that still need to be addressed.
But, when it comes to individual buildings, many of them stand as some of the greenest in the world. Guest poster Honor Clement-Hayes is here to talk about 5 green buildings in Asia that stand as some of the leading examples of green building anywhere.
In the world of environmentally-aware architecture, the greenest building is the building that doesn’t get built. So far, so idealistic. It’s a sad fact that we’re always going to build more homes, more supermarkets, more skyscrapers…
It takes a lot of work to create a truly ‘green’ build: not only the materials and function of the building, but also the construction and logistics. Building use in theUKmakes up 50% of our CO2 emissions – and then construction contributes another 7%. It’s time for drastic action.
Luckily there is an elite group of environmental junkies who are trying to save the planet with the greenest builds imaginable, and I’ve selected five of the best:
Tapei 101, Taiwan
This 1667 ft. skyscraper was awarded LEED Platinum certification in 2011, making it the largest green building in the world. Built to withstand earthquakes, it still manages to be extremely energy-efficient and recycles up to 30% of its water.
Shimizu Headquarters, Tokyo
The Shimizu building is claimed to be the world’s greenest. It was designed to have the lowest C02 emissions of any building and the lighting system alone reduces emissions by 90% compared to other buildings. With 2000m2 of solar panelling, it is a powerful addition to theTokyo skyline
The CIISGG Business Centre, Hyderabad
The CIISGG building incorporates two wind towers, which pre-cool air entering the air conditioning system by 10 degrees. This reduces energy consumption by an enormous amount. The building was also designed so that 90% of it needs no artificial lighting during the day, due to its circular formation. Most of the building was constructed from recycled materials like broken tiles and fly ash brick, and everything else is eco-friendly and non-toxic.
The EDITT Tower, Singapore
This isn’t even completed yet and it’s already set to be an environmental sensation. The 26 storey design features a vast vertical wall of plants that will contribute to the building’s cooling system, as well as generating bio-gas to be used as an energy source. These plants, and also the building’s water supply, will be fed by rainwater collection, and nearly 40% of the overall energy will come from solar panels.
Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, Thailand
Dreamt up by a group of Buddhist monks, the ‘Million Bottle Temple’ is made entirely of glass bottles. Although traditional in design, this temple is a monument to recycling and caring for the environment – as well as a huge reminder of the sheer quantities of waste one city can produce. It’s a truly amazing sight, and is doing a lot to keep people thinking about their own environmental responsibilities.
Green building – take a leaf out of their book
Of course, we can’t all build our homes from recycled coconut shells. But we can take a leaf out of these dreamers’ book: the spirit of environmental responsibility is growing stronger with every green project that makes it to build. Keep that in mind next time you fall asleep with the TV on, or tumble dry a wash in the middle of summer.
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Honor Clement-Hayes is a passionate environmental blogger who also has a – sometimes incompatible – love for the world of fashion journalism. She is a keen writer for Eurocell.