The “Energy Plus” Building Produces All Its Own Power

by Justin Thomas •

The “Energy Plus” office building, to be located outside of Paris, is designed to produce all its own energy for heating, lighting and air conditioning. This zero-energy building, according to the designers, will be the greenest office building ever created. It will accomplish this by having more solar panels on its roof than any other building – producing enough energy …


HyperGreen Tower Concept

by Justin Thomas •

This is an interesting concept called the HyperGreen Tower by Jacques Ferrier, which was recently submitted to an architectural competition in Paris. The 246 meter tower design has an unusual curving exterior lattice facade made out of concrete that acts as the building’s primary structural system. This allows for adaptable floor plates and vegetated sky lobbies that sit between the …


3 Megawatt Solar Roof: The Largest In Europe

by Justin Thomas •

PGIGrup, a company in Spain, is building the largest solar roof in Europe, for the Telefonica Business Park Complex in Madrid. The park will have over 16,600 photovoltaic solar panels that will run the length of the entire office complex on the building rooftops.

Affordable Wind-Powered Housing In London

by Justin Thomas •

Architects Waugh Thistleton have won planning permission for this wind-powered residential building is to be built in London. The building is clad in glazed tiles and features a stunning tower of helical wind turbines at its spine (unfortunately not visible here). It will provide 66 private and affordable apartments, as well as 1,117 sq m of new office space.


Amazing Green Building: The ACROS Fukuoka

by Justin Thomas •


In Fukuoka City in Japan, they have an amazing building called “ACROS Fukuoka” with two very distinct sides: one side looks like a conventional office building with glass walls, but on the other side there is a huge terraced roof that merges with a park. The garden terraces, which reach up to about 60 meters above the ground, contain some …

Baltix Furniture: “Eco-Buzz” Partitions

by Justin Thomas •

Baltix makes office furniture out of materials such as sunflower hulls, wheat strands and recycled newspaper. Based in Minnesota, Baltix is positioned close to the source of the agricultural fiber they use, reducing energy used in transportation. The partition pictured above is built with sunflower board paneling. The hulls were previously burned as waste. Baltix uses urethane for bonding the …