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olive-8-condoEmerging or the budding buildings started to imbibe various energy efficient and green features in its construction, which will definitely be a cornerstone for its popularity and also a greatest measure to cut the cost incurred for the energy usage. Olive 8 building includes itself in the list of the green buildings by enclosing plenty of eco-friendly features.

This striking building has also officially earned the LEED silver Certification by the USGBC and moreover this the first time that the hotel/condominium building to receive the LEED silver certification. The olive 8 hotel is also one of the 20 green hotels in the U.S. Let us sail through the different construction features of this building.

Olive 8

Olive 8, fairly known as Hyatt at Olive 8 is located at Downtown Seattle, Seattle, Washington. The very luxuriate Olive 8 is a 39-storey building playing a dual role of hotel and condominium. Olive 8 contains 346 rooms in its first 17 floors and the rest of the 22 floors are occupied by 229 urban condos. This Olive 8 building was planned and designed by R.C. Hedreen Company. Mr. Hedreen aimed to make this building to achieve the LEED certification. Keeping this in mind, he redesigned the old plan of this Olive 8. At last he deserved it by giving a fabulous healthy and wealthy indoor environment to live and work.


olive81The façade of the Olive 8 is a 100 percent glass exterior with blue architectural glass. The glass façade and the windows from floor to ceiling allow the abundant natural light to flood inside the building. Thus saving the energy used for artificial lightings. Triple-paned glass and a special coating on the exterior protect the excessive heating to the interiors.



The roof top of this building is one of the largest living rooftop in Seattle city. The roof is planted with native plant materials and traditional roofing material, is the greatest highlight. These plants on the roof reduce the amount of heating and cooling. The high island effect is reduced by a high performance ultra reflective surface membrane on the rooftop. It also decreases the amount of rain water flooding the storm sewers by absorbing and retaining the water in their roots and in the soil.

Energy conservation

Olive 8 is expected to save 23 percent of energy more comparing to the other conventional building of similar size. All rooms of the Olive 8 are equipped with watt stopper ® technology that automatically turns the lights off when there is no foot prints. Olive 8 avoided volatile organic compounds by using low or no-VOC paints, solvents and carpeting. All the cleaning products are low-VOC and 100 percent toxic free. Washers, Dishwashers and refrigerators or Freezers are Energy Star® rated.

Water conservation

It also saves 36 percent of water, which is nearly equal to 2.4 gallon per year. It includes low-flowing plumbing fixtures, uses one gallon per minutes which is really less when compared to the traditional shower heads. Toilets and urinals use dual-flush system that saves 29 percent less water per flush. Additionally super efficient irrigation system tends the landscaping maintenance to use minimal city water and results in the 99 percent water savings, which is approximately equal to 24,000 gallons of water per year. A very low-chemical mechanical water system is used, which uses very less potable water.

Seattle Steam Company, which is providing the heating for the building, will reduce the carbon foot prints up to 50 percent by using biomass as fuel instead of natural gases. Olive 8 give more preference to the highly fuel-efficient vehicles in the parking area and outlets for electric cars in the underground parking area. Mostly, 95 percent of the construction debris is diverted from the landfills disposal by directing materials to be reused and recycled.  

These above mentioned features led this building towards the LEED certification. The LEED silver certification signifies the building’s environmental leadership in the industry, both locally and nationally.


Airports are the very valuable asset of a country. Remarkably, Airports plays a very significant role in the country’s revenue. Knowing the importance of the green and energy efficient buildings, blue prints of the budding airports encompasses more eco-friendly and sustainable features. Moreover, the existing airports started to emerge as very efficient airports by revamping their infrastructure with energy efficient features. This saves the expenditure to a notable extent by saving the energy. Here is the list of three famous energy efficient airports in the world.

Heathrow Airport

heathrow1Heathrow Airport is the world’s very busiest international airport in London, UK. This airport belongs to BAA, a leading airport company holding many airports in UK. As a part of the revamping plan of BAA, a very outstanding solar and renewable energy powered airport terminal with investment of £1 billion was designed. This energy efficient terminal is expected to emit 40 percent less carbon when comparing to other existing conventional buildings. This terminal is designed by foster along with its partners.

The design of the terminal consists of many large north facing windows, which will flood the natural daylight inside the terminal. Thus saving the electricity cost to a prominent extent. The roof with very efficient solar system will provide renewable energy to the building and it is coupled with energy center to provide heating and cooling and it is fueled by renewable resources itself. This airport also unveiled a lower energy, battery powered driverless airport pods, which generates no local emissions and moreover it is 70 percent more energy efficient than other cars and 50 percent energy efficient than the traditional buses.

San Francisco International Airport

sanSan Francisco International Airport is located at San Francisco, California. The renovation plan of this San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2 (T2) encompasses many energy efficient and sustainable features. Some of the sustainable elements included in this renovation will minimize the green house gas emission by 1,667 tons per year. Electrical lightings and machinery will leads to the electrical consumption by 2.9 giga watt hours per year. The project also includes sensors at hangars and daylight harvestings that will automatically turn the light off when the space is not in use or when there is adequate sunlight inside.

This airport is working forward to achieve the 75 percent recycling by 2010 and 90 percent recycling by 2020 and for this attainment the T2 food vendors will be requested to use biodegradable tableware and the source separate all food waste and direct it to the off-Airport composting facility. The revamping planning also includes a dual plumbing system. Stand-alone plumbing system in the toilets and urinals will be supplied with the recycled water from the Airport’s Mel leong treatment plan.

To reduce the carbon foot prints, T2 includes preconditioned (PC) air and 400 Hz to the aircrafts at T2 gates that helps the aircraft auxiliary power units (APU) to conserve 1,400,000 gallons of jet fuel per year. It also reduces the carbon dioxide emission by 15,000 tons per year. San Francisco International Airport planned to install hydrogen fueling station fuel cell vehicles as a part of reducing carbon footprints.

Denver International Airport

denver-Denver International Airport is sited at Colorado, USA, covers many innovative sustainable features. The roof of the Jeppeson Landside terminal of the Denver International airport is covered by the stressed-skin fabric that provides energy efficiency as well as natural day lightings. This terminal includes high performance glazing on all its fenestrations such as windows, doors, curtain walls or skylights. Jeppeson terminal also contains energy efficient lighting system; energy efficient mechanical system; and an advanced energy management and control system.

Denver International Airport is planning to build a solar electric-generating system at a cost of $ 7 million to generate power to its fuel storage and distribution system. Energy efficient escalators with the controllers soft start electric motors are implemented in this airport. Denver carried out a new contractor acoustic system replaces the old ceiling panels with ceiling grids, which will save $ 2 million. This aerodrome also planned to unveils a solar photovoltaic system. Denver Airport celebrated the Earth Day on 22 April, 2009 by distributing reusable grocery shopping to all the passengers in the Jeppeson Landside terminal.

Increasingly, many fraternities in various fields started to go green to provide at most satisfaction to their customers with an eco-friendly environment. While spelling the Word Hotel, it will definitely direct us to very hi-fi and fabulous hotels with luxuries rooms, good-looking swimming pool, and play ground with best facilities, along with a great view on surrounding natural environment. Fortunately, hotels are also turning green not only to benefits their customers and to protect the planet earth but also to cut cost by saving energy and by incorporating various recycling techniques. Let us see few of the leading environmentally friendly hotels.

Hotel Triton

tritonHotel Triton located at San Francisco, CA, United States presents a unique décor that catches our eyes instantaneously. Notably, Hotel triton includes non-toxic cleaners as cleaning agents replacing bleach and ammonia based products, low VOC paints instead of other normal paints and solvents, and energy-efficient lightings. Incandescent lighting in the desk is substituted with the Halogen, a 70 watt advantage bulb. Triton transformed the water fixtures to lo-flow. The usage of linen and towels reuse reduces the laundry detergent and water usage by 25 percent.

This hotel has water saving devices, water filtration systems and air filters and purifiers and also uses the motion sensors wherever possible. They also provide an offer of 25 percent off for the valet parking for the hybrid certified vehicles. Air conditioning and the in-room mini bars are replaced with energy efficient models. They make use of the FSC-certified wood floors and overhead fans in all rooms to avoid the air-conditioning at nights, thus saves the electricity.  

Recycling process

The recycling process carrying out by the hotel triton recycles 60 percent of the total wastes of the building. Even the every piece of paper from the room napkins to the bills are made up of recycled materials. Office papers are printed on both sides and 100 percent recycled along with recycle toners. They use the internet-based reports to minimize the usage of papers.

Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge

sadie2Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge sited inside the Alaska’s Kachemak Bay State Park, North America. It is one of the top ten hotels in North America. Pleasantly, this lodge isolates itself from the polluted atmosphere by placing it in a non-polluted purest background with crystal clear mountains, tall water falls, giant trees, organic gardening and spring water, which is seems to the most delicious, well oxygenated and freshest natural water which we had never drank before.

The lodges are built by hands from scavenged driftwood and the hotel supplies its own kayaks and finishing gear to the lodgers with free of cost. This lodge generates the electricity needed for its very own use. “Nothing is wasted here and everything is of use” is the wonderful phrase echoed by this Sadie Cove Lodge. Even the milk bugs are reused as the flower pots and the things which cannot be reused will go to the recycle bins. This lodge provides organic food grown by its own to its lodgers.

Sadie Cove Lodge makes use of an alternate energy system of wind and hydro power. This non-polluting system is made up of pelton and it also adds the water wheel, a wind charger and a battery bank. Solar panels are also taken into consideration whenever needed.

The Fairmont

fair2The Fairmont, Washington, D.C, a sunlit urban oasis made many upgrades by including low-flow shower heads, digital thermostat, natural and healthy choice of restaurants food products and courtyard herb garden for local restaurant flavoring and so on. Eco-friendly hydrocarbon-powered dry cleaning machine and energy saving ovens are used in the hotel’s main and pastry kitchens. They use low wattage compact fluorescent light bulbs thus reducing the annual electricity cost up to $61,000 and preventing the emission 320,000 pounds carbon dioxide.

Fairmont uses wind power from wind farms located in the mid-Atlantic region for the ten percent of the total energy required. Fairmont provides green amenities such as organic wine to its visitors. Fairmont is going to install a new honey program in its rooftop, giving way for 105,000 Italian honey bees to their rooftops. This program is expected to yield 300 pounds of honey within the one year that can be use in soups, dressing salads, ice creams and so on.

Inn By The Sea

InbytheseaInn By The Sea, a glass-enclosed restaurant is located on the Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It is awarded as a “Green Lodging” by the Maine DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) and one of the top 100 hotels in US and Canada by travel and Leisure, and also one of the top 10green hotels in the US by Forbes Traveler. Rooms of the Inn By The Sea are cleaned with non-toxic green seal products and the fitness rooms contains the recycled rubber floors and the pool is heated by the solar panels.

Inn By The Sea recycle and reuse the paper products used by its consumers. The spa of this restaurant recycles the sheet rock walls and bamboo towels and they use the bio-fuel for heating. It comprises dual flush toilets and LED lights. 

Asheville Green Cottage

AshevilleAsheville Green Cottage, North Carolina is a part of 15 unit green home community in West Asheville. It highlighted features are solar hot water, radiant heated floors, and healthy build silver certification. It also consists of energy-efficient rated windows, skylights, natural day lightings, triple-pane windows, wood doors, compact energy fluorescent bulbs, Energy star kitchens appliances Halogen and LED bulbs, Non-IC rated Recessed. Anti-stratification system, heat pumps, air source are provided for space heating and Energy Star Whole House Fans are provided for space cooling. This cottage gives a PVC environment.

maryThe capital of England, the London is a global city and one of the largest financial centers is overflowing with the great skyscrapers. Being a city of tall buildings, London includes lots and lots of skyscrapers such as One Canada square, crystal palace transmitter, 8 Canada square, 25 Canada square, and BT tower and so on. Distinguishably, London is enclosing a very well known skyscraper namely 30 St Mary Axe. The specialty of this 30 St Mary Axe is it is standing not only as a great skyscraper but also as a London’s first environmentally sustainable building. Let us pass through the salient features of this eco-friendly building.

30 St Mary Axe

30 St Mary Axe is also known as “Gherkin” and “Swiss Re Building”, is a 40-storey building with a height of 180metres tall. The construction of this building ended on December 2003 and this building was inaugurated on April 2004. 30 St Mary Axe provides a flexible space and spectacular view of the city and beyond. It is the London’s first environmentally progressive working atmosphere that offers an extraordinary place to work. The design of this building was done by Lord Foster, Ken Shuttleworth and Arup engineers and it was constructed by Skanska.

This 30 St Mary Axe uses many energy conversation methods that allow it to consume half the amount of energy consumed by a conventional building. The exterior of this building is totally covered by 24,000 meter glass arranged in diamond shaped panes. This tower consists of 23 lifts and a ground elevator lobby with three gently curved walled lobes. This tower is aerodynamically designed so as reduce the wind load on the structure. The lower part of the tower tapers leading the wind to go round the tower and reduces the occurrence of downdraught on the surrounding plaza.


The façade of this building is fully glazed with double skinned glasses. This glass façade is cooled by the air extracted from the offices that results in reducing the overall heat load of the building. This façade is designed in such a manner that it can provide a safe and very easy access to all internal and external glazing and the cleaning surface.


mary1Spiraling lightwells maximize natural ventilation whilst enabling the natural light to flood the interiors. This reduces the electric lightings, thus saving the electricity cost up to a notable extent. Windows of the lightwells open automatically, playing as a supplementary to the air conditioning system with the natural ventilation, which can save energy up to 40 percent per year.

The lightwells are glazed with openable double-glazed panels and a high performance coating which efficiently maximizes the solar ray penetrations. The highly decorative grey-tinted glass of the lightwells not only gives a gorgeous outlook but also reduces the solar gain to a maximum extent.

The office area incorporates the outer layer with double glazing and inner screen with single glazing. A ventilated cavity containing solar control blinds, sandwiched between the outer layer and the inner screen. This central ventilated cavity acts as a buffer which reduces the additional cooling and heating and gets ventilated by the exhaust air drawn from the offices in the building. This tower compromised many recycled and recyclable materials for its construction, wherever possible.


Gaps in each floor create six shafts which provide natural ventilation for the entire building. During summer, these shafts push out the warm air from the building and during the winter, it warms the building using passive solar heating. Shaft also allows the natural sunlight to penetrate inside the building, reducing the lighting cost.

By inhabiting various sustainable features as above this tower is sparkling as striking and eco-friendly skyscraper in the world. 30 St Mary Axe was honored with many awards. This tower earned the title of most admired new building in the world in December 2005, as per the survey of world’s largest firms of architects. In 2006, this building grabs the Civic Trust Award. On 21st Feb. 2007, IVG immobilien AG and UK investment firm Evans Randall completed their joint purchase of this building for GB£630 million.

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