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7 of the greenest buildings in the world

The US Green Building Council last week marked a significant milestone, surpassing 1bn sq ft of commercial buildings recertified around the world under the LEED green rating system.

To date, LEED, the most widely used green building certification system in the world, has registered and certified a total of 24bn sq ft of space across more than 110,000 buildings.

Since 2018, the USGBC has been recertifying occupied buildings to give owners a clear indication of the actual performance of their assets.

In light of the milestone, PlaceTech takes a look at some of the highest rated new buildings certified under LEED v4 and v4.1 – the latest green building standards – from around the world.

Only 50 developments have qualified for LEED v4 Platinum, the highest certification level, in the BD+C (building design and construction) category. These buildings, designed from the outset to be exceptionally sustainable, are an eclectic mix of offices, factories and even repurposed storage containers.

Here are seven of these buildings from around the world:

Schneider Electric Technopole

Schneiderelec Electric Technopole

Location | Grenoble, France

Occupier | Schneider Electric – energy management company

Use type | Industrial

Rating | Platinum (83) – January 2019

Re-rating | Platinum (91) – February 2021

Size | 111,320 sq ft

Notable features

  • Extensive energy metering: 235 electrical, 88 thermal and 9 portable water meters
  • Natural daylight in more than 50% of the space
  • EV car sharing available to employees

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Three Consultoria Medioambiental

Three Consultoria Medioambiental

Location | Monterrey, Mexico

Occupier | Three – environmental consultancy

Use type | Office

Rating | Platinum (84) – July 2016

Notable features

  • Constructed from re-cycled material, including 8.5 re-used maritime containers
  • High efficiency glazing, insulation and strategically placed overhangs to harvest natural light while maintaining a comfortable temperature
  • A solar thermal station that provides 100% of the hot water demand
  • First LEED v4 Platinum building in Latin America

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Lee Kum Kee Soy Sauce Fermentation Plant

Lee Kum Kee Green Soy Sauce Fermentation Plant

Location | Jiangmen, China

Use type | Industrial, manufacturing

Occupier | Lee Kum Kee – food manufacturer

Rating | Platinum (80) – February 2020

Size | 14m sq ft

Notable features

  • A 172,000 sq ft man-made wetland park that treats 4,000 cubic metres of wastewater per day
  • A geothermal heat pump, which takes heat from the ground to provide both hot and cold water for soy sauce fermentation
  • Rooftop solar panels

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Kendeda Building


Location | Atlanta, Georgia

Occupier | Georgia Institute of Technology – university

Use type | Education

Rating | Platinum (89) – April 2021

Size | 36,978 sq ft

Notable features

  • Sourced at least 50% of its products and services from within 621 miles
  • Generates 225% of its energy needs through onsite renewable energy
  • Cost of electricity over 12 months totalled -$15,500

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ENOC Futuristic Retail Fuel Station

Enoc Expo 2020 Site

Location | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Occupier | Emirates National Oil Company – energy provider

Use type | Service station

Rating | Platinum (93) – January 2021

Size | 8,342 sq ft

Notable features

  • Includes both 283 solar PV panels and a 25-metre wind turbine
  • Canopy built from 37 tonnes of carbon fibre instead of steel
  • Converts humidity in the air into water molecules, producing drinking water for onsite staff

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Stellantis Rivalta

Stellantis Rivalta

Location | Turin, Italy

Occupier | Stellantis – car manufacturer

Use type | Office

Rating | Platinum (84) – August 2021

Size | 94,614 sq ft

Notable features

  • A south-facing wall with photovoltaic glazing to provide renewable energy
  • A mix of individual and collaborative spaces, all of which have access to natural light
  • Extensive sensors that monitor and control carbon dioxide, humidity and temperature

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Interloop Denim Factory

Interloop denim

Location | Kasur, Pakistan

Occupier | Interloop – clothing manufacturer

Use type | Factory

Rating | Platinum (85) – December 2020

Size | 574,229 sq ft

Notable features

  • Includes specialised rainwater harvesting pits to recycle ground water
  • More than 30% of the area is dedicated to greenspace, including a planned “urban forest” with 3,000 trees, which will be planted over five years
  • 30% reduction in its carbon footprint by introducing by introducing solar panels and rice husk boilers

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