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Sustainability

Top 5 Greenest Skyscrapers In the World

Candy Lebby
by Candy Lebby on August 24, 2018

If you live in a city you will have walked past a skyscraper at some point or another. From the outside, these fascinating structures look terribly important- and many of them are!

A huge amount of energy goes into fuelling the needs of traditional skyscrapers, so it's exciting news for us when we hear about buildings which have been designed with eco-friendly principles in mind. Densely populated cities and urbanisation mean that it’s important- now more than ever- that we use clean technology and environmentally friendly resources when building skyscrapers, in order to look after our planet in a way that benefits generations to come.

"It's exciting news when we hear about buildings which have been designed with eco-friendly principles in mind."

The modern ‘eco-scraper’ has successfully managed to bridge the gap between stunning building designs and clean technological creativity. 

Here are the top 5 greenest skyscrapers, with credit to the architects who are pushing the envelope for an eco-friendly environment.

1. Bank of America Tower

Kicking off our amazing list of eco-friendly buildings is the stunning Bank of America Tower located near Times Square. Our first entry is extra special as is it the big apple's second tallest skyscraper, second only to the world-famous Empire State Building.

TOP 5 SKYSCRAPER- Bank of America Tower[Photo Credit: igreenspot]

40% of the buildings construction materials were sourced locally which cut down the energy usage which would have been used for transportation and supporting economies further afield. On top of that, the tower contains fresh air which is collected at roof level, treated by filters, before being distributed back into the great outdoors. The air is cleaner, the environment is cared for and everyone is happier. The world is winning.

"The tower contains fresh air which is collected at roof level, treated by filters, before being distributed back into the great outdoors."

The modern ‘eco-scraper’ has successfully managed to bridge the gap between stunning building designs and clean technological creativity

2. Shanghai Tower

If there is one country that is activity seeking to pursue green building projects it’s China. The iconic Shanghai Tower, isn’t just another beautiful building in the fourth largest country in the world; it was built with sustainability in mind.

TOP 5 SKYSCRAPER- Shanghai-Tower[Photo Credit: aurecon]

"The Shanghai Tower isn’t just another beautiful building; it was built with sustainability in mind."

Standing at a whopping 632 meters high, it is also one of the tallest buildings in the world, second only to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. This striking eco-scraper boasts 43 unique sustainable technologies, including extensive landscaping to help cool the building, renewable energy sources, and a curved spine which cleverly redirects the wind force allowing for a less resource-intensive construction.

3. Green Tower

Buildings be-decked with green vegetation are great for the soul! They soothe us and make us feel more closely connected to nature which means calmer, more smiley humans.

TOP 5 SKYSCRAPERS - Green Tower Singapore[Photo Credit: Carlo Ratti]

The world needs more smiles. Singapore's Green Tower which is set to be unveiled in 2021, will be the epitome of ‘green’ as vegetation will literally be sprouting from the exterior of the building.

"The skyscraper will combine tropical life with urban nature"

The 280-meter tall skyscraper will be one of the tallest buildings in the Asian city, looming over many of the other structures in the small city-state. Designed by Italian architect Carlo Ratti and Bjarke Ingels Group, the skyscraper will combine tropical life with urban nature and will feature office spaces, retail sites, and residences.

4. Bahrain World Trade Center

Did you know that the Bahrain World Trade Center was the world's first skyscraper to be built with integrated wind turbines? Neither did we; until we wrote this article, that is.

TOP 5 SKYSCRAPER- Bahrain Trade Center[Photo Credit: e-achitect]

Built by british multinational engineering company Atkins, this 240-meter high building in Manha, Bahrain, was the first of its kind to combine aesthetic appeal with the goal of using renewable energy resources. Inspired by traditional Arabian wind towers, the design of the towers ensures that wind is directed to the wind turbines attached to the buildings facade.

"The first of its kind to combine aesthetic appeal with the goal of using renewable energy resources"

The construction industry was ablaze with inspiration when this building was unveiled- and rightly so. The creation of this green skyscraper was confirmation that you can combine stunning aesthetic with eco-friendly principles, something we here at Bobtrade absolutely love.

5. The Hearst Tower

In the center of one of the most exciting city in the world, New York, stands number 5 on our greenest skyscrapers list, The Hearst Tower.

TOP 5 SKYSCRAPER- Hearst Tower [Photo Credit: Curbed]

"The first skyscraper in New York to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (or LEED) gold certification."

This impressively green building is not only environmentally friendly, but entirely unique in its design, appearing from the outside like a faceted jewel with diamond shaped windows. It was also the first skyscraper in New York to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (or LEED) gold certification.

It's only right that a building like this should be celebrated for its pioneering approach to being green and of course, its stunning design. Designed by architect Norman Foster, The Hearst Tower stands at a whopping 600 feet and is one of New York's most celebrated buildings.

If you enjoyed reading about sustainability in the construction industry you should check out some of our other eco-friendly articles such as, Smog Eating Buildings, Self-Healing Concrete, and Foam Glass Gravel.  

Our forum is also great for exchanging stories and tips with other builders. Come and join in the conversation! 

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AUTHOR
Candy Lebby

Candy Lebby

Content Writer Executive at Bobtrade , relishes in learning about the innovative technology in the construction industry , mama to my beautiful 4 year old, Benjamin, blogger and video games enthusiast.!