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10 of the Greenest Building on the Planet

We ran the numbers on the new Apple Campus 2 and discovered that it has some fierce competition in the sustainability department. Take a look at some of the greenest buildings ever constructed.

Apple Campus 2: greenest building on the planet?

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A rendering of Apple Campus 2, currently under construction in Cupertino, shows what CEO Tim Cook believes will be ‘the greenest building on the planet’. 

Photograph: Apple

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The Bullitt Center in Seattle, which claims to be ‘the greenest commercial building in the world’, has a rooftop solar array that produces more power than is used on site.
Photograph: Nic Lehoux/Bullitt

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NuOffice in Munich, Germany, which is being completed in phases, is touted as ‘the most efficient and most sustainable building in the world’.

Photograph: Hubert Haupt Immobilien Holding

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One Angel Square, The Co-operative Group’s new head office in Manchester, is billed as ‘the world’s most environmentally friendly building’.

Photograph: The Co-operative Group

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Designers of Powerhouse Kjørbo in Norway call it ‘the world’s most environmentally friendly office building’.

Photograph: Chris Aadland

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Currently under construction in China, Shanghai Tower is making its case as ‘the greenest super high-rise on earth’.

Photograph: Gensler

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Integrated with a large wind turbine, Sky Studios in West London is advertised as ‘the most sustainable broadcast studio’.

Photograph: Christian Richters

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More modest than other ‘greenest buildings on the planet’, The Crystal in London is referred to merely as ‘one of the world’s greenest buildings’.

Photograph: Siemens

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The PNC Financial Services Group sees its new headquarters in Pittsburgh – The Tower at PNC Plaza – as ‘the world’s greenest skyscraper’.

Photograph: The Tower at PNC Plaza

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The YS Sun Green Building Research Center at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan claims to be ‘the world’s greenest building’.

Photograph: NCKU Press Center