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Eco-friendly commercial buildings

by DrPrem Jagyasi

The environment is suffering massive destruction due to our increase in energy consumption but to make business grow we need more and more buildings to expand the industries. The need of eco-friendly commercial buildings is becoming more and more important that we look forward to build buildings that are eco-friendly. It is time when we look for energy efficient buildings that causes less emissions of carbon and helps in preserving the environment. Here is a list of eco-friendly offices that cater to our needs by avoiding bad impact on the environment.

The David and Lucile Packward Foundation Headquarters

The David and Lucile Packward Foundation Headquarters

Created in 2012 in Los Altos, California, the David and Lucile Packward Foundation Headquarters are designed for zero energy consumption with the use of solar panels to produce 100% energy for the building. There are two 10,000 gallon of under tanks installed in the building that will store rainwater and will be provide 90% of the water for the consumption of the buildings. The exterior part of the building is made of glass and cedar, which will reduce 25% of the carbon emission.

Henkel North American Consumer Products Headquarters

Henkel North American Consumer Products Headquarters

Henkel North American Consumer Products Headquarters Scottsdale, Arizona is the office of German consumer good company. The roof of the building is covered with garden of native plants covering area 1.5 acre and consists of solar panels that generate the power for the washers and dryers. The exterior of the building is comprised of custom glass that is etched in a pattern such that intensity of the sunlight is reduced.

Dogfish Head Brewery

Dogfish Head Brewery

Dogfish Head Brewery is a Steampunk tree house situated in Milton, Delaware. Designed by DIGSAU, it was built with tilted angles and expressive geometry. The building is installed with LED lightning and salvage material is used. It features daylight modeling giving the new space with green credentials.

The organization Livestrong Foundation in Austin

Livestrong Foundation

The organization Livestrong Foundation in Austin, Texas is LEED Gold Certified. The current building, originally served as a paper mill, and was refurbished for use by the Foundation. Architects used 88% of the old building structure for the construction of the office with additional features such as installation of rainwater collection system that reduces energy consumption by 40% and water usage by 67% and consists of skylights.

KUWABARA PAYNE MCKENNA BLUMBERG ARCHITECTS - Hydro Place

Manitoba Hydro Place

Manitoba Hydro Place is a power company in Winnipeg Manitoba. It is 23 storey building consists of a center chimney lying between the three six storey airy cools, warms and recycles the air and is then distributed to the building. The structure of the building utilizes the energy produced by geothermal systems providing 100%energy for cooling and 75% for the warming. The building consists of radiant slabs that embedded in concrete and includes automated lighting systems.

Bank of America, New York

Bank of America, New York

The building of Bank of America designed by Cook and Fox designed the building ion such a way that the wastewater and rainwater are reused. The heating system of the tower provides the heat by using the light of the sun. The widows are created with the aim to utilize the natural light as far as possible. Renewable materials were used to build the tower.

Bullitt Center

Bullitt Center         

The Bullitt center in Washington is a sustainable office building offering the greenest space of decade. The building rooftop is covered with photovoltaic panels generating power by using energy of sun. With installation of the storage systems about 56,000 gallon of rainwater will be stored and will be filtered and supplied to the building.

Summary

With the growth in industries increase in building offices can been seen but is also contributing to the deterioration of nature with the increasing consumption in natural resources for the functioning of the building. The mentioned commercial buildings have put in their best efforts to reduce the energy consumption.