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Uber-Eco-Towers: The Top Ten Green Skyscrapers


Green skyscrapers offer so much for the average EcoGeek to drool over. Each one can contain hundreds of innovations that make the world a cleaner place, they build up, rather than out, and many of them are frikkin gorgeous.

Lucky for us, more and buying cheap viagra pill more eco-towers are popping up all the time. In fact, a symposium about greenscrapers called Mixed Greens: An International Survey of State-of-the-Art Sustainable Skyscraper Design just wrapped up last month in NYC.

Lucky for us, Jon Schroeder is on the just try! rx generic viagra case, and is bringing us the top ten green skyscrapers.

 10. The Urban Cactus, Rotterdam
UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The Urban Cactus is a residential project in the Netherlands that will offer 98 residential units on 19 floors. Thanks to the staggered design of the curvy balconies, each unit's outdoor space will get plenty of where to buy viagra in india light from the sun. That means that this greenscraper really will be green when all the residents' gardens are in bloom. While this tower may lack in the technology department, its carbon-mitigation potential still looms high thanks to all the photosynthesis happening on the porch. Plus, its white color will help to mitigate the urban heat island effect.

9. 340 on the Park, Chicago
NEARLY FINISHED

When 340 on the Park opens later this year in Chicago, it may become the first residential greenscraper in the city to meet LEED standards. The building is sure to be a wealthy EcoGeek's dream-come-true. If you have $700K to throw down on a 1600 square-foot condo, you can enjoy low utility bills thanks to the building's fully insulated windows and rainwater capture system. And the most awesome amenity is the multi-storey winter garden starting on floor 25.

  8.Waugh Thistleton Residential Tower, London
ON THE DRAWING BOARD

On the other side of the pond, the Waugh Thistleton Architects have an eco-residential building in the works as well. This design will employ helical wind turbine technology previously on featured on EcoGeek. Four turbines attached to http://www.markwellgroup.com.au/branded-levitra one side of the tower have the potential to generate 40,000kW hrs a year, more than 15% of its energy needs.

 

7.The Burj al-Taqa (Energy Tower), Dubai
ON THE DRAWING BOARD

If this 68-story super greenscraper becomes a reality, it may become the buy tramadol 800 tallest of all eco-towers, thanks to the proposed 200-foot wind turbine that will sit atop the building. Burj al-Taqa will occupy #22 on the world's tallest buildings list should it gets the green light.

Wind isn't this greenscaper's only bag, however. Solar panels will cover a 161,459 square foot artificial island chain connected to the building and seawater will power Burj al-Taqa's air conditioner!

6. The Hearst Tower, New York City
OPEN FOR BUSINESS

The Hearst Tower became New York City's first skyscraper to achieve LEED Gold accreditation from the USGBC when it opened its doors last year. 80% of the steel used to make the behemoth was recycled. On the inside, the floors and ceiling tiles are made from recycled materials as well.

The diamond shapes on the building's façade aren't just for show either. The diagonal grid required fewer steel beams to achieve the same rigidity as a conventional skyscraper, and the design allows more natural light to enter the tower.

What's more, rainwater is collected on the roof and is funneled into a 14,000-gallon tank in the basement. The Hearst gathers enough water from the sky to levitra 10mg account for 50% of the tower's usage. It's pumped into the link for you generic viagra usa cooling system, used for irrigating plants and for the innovative water sculpture in the main lobby.

5.The CIS Tower, Manchester England
NEARLY FINISHED

Formerly on featured on EcoGeek, the CIS Tower outdoes the pretty much anyone in solar. Weighing in with over 7,000 panels on the façade and 24 wind turbines on the roof, the CIS Tower will be able to produce 10% of its energy needs all on its own.

4.The Lighthouse Tower, Dubai
ON THE DRAWING BOARD

The Dubai International Financial Centre Lighthouse Tower plans to use 4000 photovoltaic panels on the south facing façade as well as three mega 225 kilowatt wind turbines to meet its electricity needs. Other details are sparse, if it was under construction this definitely would have broken into the top three.

3. Bank of America Tower, New York City
UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The designers of Bank of America Tower, Cook + Fox Architects, are hoping to one-up the Hearst Tower by going for LEED Platinum certification. We'll see if they pull it off next year, when the building is slated to cut the red ribbon. Like the Hearst, The BOA tower will also use rainwater capture and we recommend viagra oral gel floor-to-ceiling windows for natural lighting—but it will also employ even more EcoGeeky technologies. Natural gas fuel cells will create on-site electricity, and sunlight-sensing LED lights will maximize efficiency.

For more info on all of NYC's greenscrapers, check out this short film directed by Carol Willis titled Green Towers for New York: From Visionary to Vernacular

2. The Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou, China
UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Another greenscraper designed to harness winds at lofty heights, the Pearl River Tower will use internal wind turbines to keep the lights on. Fashioned like a giant wing, the tower pushes air through wind tunnels on two of the building's 71 stories. This eco-marvel of buy cialis delived next day a building will also employ geothermal heat sinks, ventilated facades, waterless urinals, integrated photovoltaics and daylight responsive controls when it opens in late 2009.

1.The Bahrain World Trade Center Towers, Kingdom of Bahrain
UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Three 96-foot propellers suspended between the canadian cialis generic towers will supply the 42-storey spires with over 1100 megawatts per year. The shape of the building itself will create an accelerated airflow for the jumbo blades. Here are some virtual views of the Arabian Gulf from various levels of the building. Real views can be appreciated later this year, when the building opens.

 Information for this article came from: The Skyscraper Museum (skyscrapers.org), archidose, ecomoto.org, Jetson Green, Metaefficient, Inhabitat, dezeen, engadget, Trendhunter and TreeHugger

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Awesome story...
written by Preston, June 07, 2007
Jon, this is a great article. Thanks for the news.
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Innovation Collection....
written by Olmec Sinclair, June 07, 2007
Nice to see a collection of innovation like this in one place. Interesting to see that it is becoming 'cool' to have environmentally friendly offices.
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You Got Me Drooling
written by Kelvin Nicholson, June 07, 2007
I love skyscrapers (I've seen nine of the ten tallest). Some of the designs here are just beautiful!
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Beautiful post!
written by Okok, June 07, 2007
Thanks for getting these beauties together, shall come back later to investigate more on these scrapers. Once again, it's proved that design is NOT always adding a couple of gimmics!
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What about the 10 greenest buildings alr
written by rahoorkhuit, June 07, 2007
It would be cool to see the current top 10 (not under construction) and revisit the list after these new featured buildings are constructed to see how much more greener they are.

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Awsome pictures
written by joshua, June 07, 2007
Wooh !! Awesome sky scrappers. good efforts keep it up
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written by Doug, June 07, 2007
Also, look at the "Gherkin" at 30 St. Mary Axe, in London. It has similar eco-friendly characteristics.
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wow
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awesome buildings, I love the bank of hydrochlorothiazide levitra america one
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written by Tonya, June 07, 2007
Nice article...might want to try proofreading before publishing.
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great stuff
written by brian, June 07, 2007
Nice gathering of incredible buildings! nice!
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Wonderful compiliation ...
written by A Siegel, June 08, 2007
I've had the chance to sit in lectures by architects for several of these projects. They are truly amazing. What is starting to get great is that it is that is hard to keep track of what great building advance is going on where, whether for zero-energy homes or amazing skyscrapers.

Thanks for this post.
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Small Correction
written by nozians, June 11, 2007
Great work Mr.Jon Schroeder, but i am afraid you have a tiny mistake there. the energy Tower is supposed to be built in kingdom of Saudi Arabia specifically Riyadh.
Thanks and impressive work indeed.
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Comcast Center in Philadelphia (still un
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With the designation, Liberty (NYSE: LRY), and Philadelphia, would have the tallest green building in the country.

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Robert Stern selected low E coding and lightly tinted glass to cover Comcast Center to make provision for greater floor heights and office space, sufficient daylight and better quality of air and air-flow systems.

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Lucida applies for LEED
written by Michael, June 12, 2007
Christie over at JustLuxe released an article today on
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Commerzbank
written by Sheila Samuelson, June 13, 2007
This tower's been up for 10 years now (was the world's first "ecological tower", so I'm not surprised that there are 10 others by now that have beat it out for green specs. The Commerzbank building in Frankfurt, Germany (by Foster and Associates) is a gem of a green building, with an 8 story sky garden spiraling up from the bottom to the top. It is 3 sided with an atrium rising the whole height of the building for ventilation and allows daylighting for every single office.
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great
written by yelda, June 16, 2007
Great work, thanks...
The Burj is getting a lot of attention. I would like to see all of them....

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written by Stefan, June 18, 2007
somebody spot the mistake in the wind diagram :

2. The Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou, China

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I came from different world :)
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This post is very good job - congratulation!
For me number ten is numero uno - because in general is very fine, and The Dubai International Financial Centre Lighthouse Tower because design smilies/smiley.gif
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Dubai
written by kikiblitz, July 03, 2007
Thanks for the great post! Too bad number 1 is in Dubai. I hear they have terrible human rights for the construction workers, but at least the architects are thinking green. Thanks.
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With the designation, Liberty (NYSE: LRY), and Philadelphia, would have the tallest green building in the country.

Comcast Center will be a fully glazed structure using glass to filter light around the building. This will also protect the building from extreme heat and cold conditions. The ceilings will be 13ft high and the windows will be clear enough to allow a free flow of light. The summit of Comcast Center will be in the shape of a rectangular glass box. The tower will be a simple geometric structure with an enormous structural core and a 110ft-high winter garden housing a luxurious interior dining court.

Robert Stern selected low E coding and lightly tinted glass to cover Comcast Center to make provision for greater floor heights and office space, sufficient daylight and better quality of air and air-flow systems.

Philadelphia's tallest building is being constructed with a sustainable design that will make it eligible for LEED Certification from the US Green Building Council. The interiors and exteriors of Comcast Center will bear the eco-friendly mark. The floor heights will vary from 13ft to 17ft, thus providing sufficient ventilation and natural light to every part of the building. These design aspects will also reduce the burden on electricity.

Recycled materials are being used for the carpeting in Comcast Center. Building systems like heating and air conditioning will be controlled floor-by-floor to avoid excess consumption. The paints used will carry minimal volatile organic compounds and external window screens will be installed in the winter garden to check the sunlight.

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