This project, proposed by Los Angeles-based design group APHIDoIDEA, is made out of 65 shipping containers. The eCORRE COMPLEX, which was a finalist in the USGBC’s Emerging Talent Design Competition, features a graywater reuse system, passive cooling, a rooftop garden, and more. If completed, the building would be the home of The Environmental Center of Regenerative Research & Education in Long Beach, but there is no word on whether there are plans to take the building from concept to reality.

This building, completed in 2006, slashed the Minneapolis Central Library’s energy use by a third with a combination of low-energy lights, 18,500 square feet of green roofs (there are three in total), and efficient heating and cooling systems.

VIDA Architecture recently won a competition to design a 40,000-person, 100-acre residential township in South India. This is what the firm came up with: four communities featuring both high and low-density buildings, bike paths, and landscaping that reduces water runoff. Details are scarce, but VIDA is aiming for LEED Gold status when the community is ready to go in 2013.

San Francisco’s $4 billion Transbay Transit Center, dubbed the "Grand Central Station of the West" by its creators, will replace the current Transbay Terminal with a regional transit hub that connects 11 different Bay Area transit systems (and the future high speed rail to Los Angeles). The terminal, designed by Pelli Clark Pelli, will have a 5.4 acre green roof that will double as a city park, geothermal heating and cooling, onsite wind turbines, and a graywater recycling system. The new Transbay Terminal will be completed in 2017.

This pyramid-like 600-unit residential skyscraper, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, will feature plenty of natural light (each unit has a balcony or bay window) and an enclosed garden area. Details on W57's sustainable features are scant, but BIG is aiming for LEED Gold status upon completion in 2015.

David Baker + Partners is bringing funky design to San Francisco’s elderly community with Armstrong Senior Housing, an affordable four-story complex with a library, community center, and retail center on the ground floor. The $41 million project, which has 116 residences, features vegetated bioswales, photovoltaic arrays that produce both solar electric power and hot water, bicycle parking, and a car-share pod with two vehicles. LEED Gold certification was awarded in September 2011.

Completed in 2009 and awarded LEED Platinum status in 2010, this building has a laundry list of sustainable features. Among them: heating and cooling powered by seawater, a six-acre living roof, an on-site water treatment center and fish habitat built directly into the foundation, and a program that recycles nearly half of all waste produced by the convention center.

NASA’s Sustainability Base, part of the Ames Research Center in Moffett, Calif., might just be the federal government’s most sustainable building when it is completed this summer. The $20.6 million, steel frame exoskeleton-equipped structure will have intelligent controls that predict and prepare for the next day’s weather (and that can prepare the temperature of a conference room for, say, a meeting scheduled at 10 AM), a 6,000-gallon underground tank that collects rainwater for irrigation, solar panels, a Bloom Box fuel cell device, a geothermal system, and a water purifying system developed for the International Space Station, among other futuristic features. The building is aiming for LEED Platinum status.



8 Of The Most Exciting Green Building Projects On The Horizon

Green building features might once have seemed like a fad, or a meaningless design addition that had no effect on energy footprint. But green building has caught on, becoming a booming business and fostering innovative ideas about how to construct homes, offices, and skyscrapers that use as few resources as possible. By 2015, the amount spent on green building is going to more than double, to $163 billion from $71 billion today. Here are some of the most remarkable buildings that all that cash may be spent on.

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