A sustainable building is a building that is designed to benefit the environment in many ways. These buildings address noise pollution, air quality, energy efficiency, thermal control, and waste reduction. Some buildings use renewable resources such as solar power and wind turbines.
A sustainable building can be a single building or it can be the renovation of an existing building. Either way, it will help the environment. Sustainable buildings can include a variety of features, from circular use of space to reducing emissions.
One example of a sustainable building is the Phipps Center For Sustainable Landscapes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This center is designed to provide educational and research facilities, and also to promote environmental awareness. It uses different energy sources and water drainage systems. The building’s design is also focused on connecting built environments with natural surroundings.
Another example is the Seat car factory in Barcelona, which is one of the largest solar structures in the automotive industry. This building has an exhibition center, a hotel, meeting rooms, and 53,000 solar panels. In addition to that, it is carbon neutral and has self-sufficient water processing and a water recycling system.
Another building in Rio de Janeiro is the Museum of Tomorrow. This building has a skeletal structure and adjustable fin-like solar panels. It also has a cantilevered roof and a pumping system that takes cold water from Guanabara Bay.
The Student Centre in London is a functional and eco-friendly building. It has a cafe, prayer spaces, and 1,000 study spaces. Also, the building has achieved BREEAM Outstanding.