BuroHappold on World Green Building Week
To mark World Green Building Week this September, we look back on the most prominent green buildings that we’ve helped make a reality. We’ve also been highlighting one of our projects every day in our mini-series on Twitter.
The green buildings that we help realise with our clients are powering positive change – reducing the use of resources such as energy and water and cutting emissions; whilst providing healthier, more natural feeling places for people to live, work and play in. Our founder, Ted Happold imbued the firm with the desire that our designs should tread on the earth lightly.
Recent innovative projects include 1 Angel Square, which not only achieved the highest ever BREEAM rating at the time of its assessment, but also was shortlisted for as one of Property weeks 5 most influential buildings of the last 20 years.
We are working on the world’s first high rise residential Passivhaus tower in the US, and have achieved the Living Building Challenge for a net zero school (Hawaii prep). In the Middle East, we have won MEP Engineer of the year numerous times due to our green credentials, including assisting in the development of the Estidama environmental rating system to help shape green buildings in the region, and been part of the Dubai Carbon Ambassadors scheme to help develop green designers of the future.
In Central Europe we have won green services provider of the year for our numerous BREEAM and LEED projects in the region, and also have numerous LEED projects from Mumbai (including Godreij Building) to LA! Most recently, our team in the UK helped the Whitworth Art Gallery secure the prestigious Museum of the Year award, achieved through it’s innovative “slow conservation” design, utilising passive and mixed mode ventilation to ensure we can provide perfect conditions for art without the conventional energy demand of conditioned spaces.
We applaud the Green Building Council’s celebration of Green Buildings this week, and are proud to support “the role buildings play in our sustainable future”.
Looking forward we see a strong future for green and efficient design in buildings as the world wakes up to the wider benefits of thinking green, from happier, healthier working environments (we are currently working with the World Green Building Council), to energy efficient and tuned buildings, for the good of our planet.