Five Of The Greenest Buildings In The World

There are green buildings and then there are green buildings. We know. We’ve covered them. From LEED-certified produce warehouses to green luxury log “cabins”; from tiny modular homes to outrageous high rises, from off-grid bungalows to net-zero housing developments. From the New Orleans to Ottawa, Detroit to Dubai. So — mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the greenest of them all?

While it’s nearly impossible to compare apples to apples across such a wide spectrum of structures — and built in such a wide range of climates — certain green-build projects stand out, not just for their eco bells and whistles, but for the inspiration they offer architects, designers and developers alike. These are buildings that go above and beyond the green specifications necessary to gain LEED certification. They’re buildings, in fact, that make LEED look like what it should be (and hopefully will be someday): the basic standard for mainstream construction.

These are projects that push the envelope for green building, helping to set a new standard for environmental stewardship in the built environment.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.