In the world of architecture, “green” is a growing trend. LEED certification, a rating system that determines a building’s degree of eco-friendliness, is an award coveted by businesses worldwide. We have compiled a list of the greenest buildings in the United States, most of which are rated Platinum – the highest tier on the LEED certification ladder. Here are some of the highlights:
The status of this building is yet to be determined, but the architects at Oppenheim have high standards. The innovative design features wind turbines built right into the structure.
Green renovations made in 2007 earned this structure a LEED Platinum rating. The rooftop garden absorbs rainwater runoff and regulates temperature.
This is Chicago’s first eco-friendly parking garage. It houses 725 individual parking spaces, plus bike racks, plug-in stations for electric vehicles and spaces for car-sharing services. The entire building is powered by a series of six wind-turbines.
Still under construction, and slated to be complete by 2017, the Transbay Tower will be set in the heart of the new San Francisco Transbay Bus Terminal – built from glass with a rooftop park to absorb the carbon dioxide from buses.
View our complete list of the Greenest Buildings in the US, and stay tuned for a list of our international top picks as well. (Know of a building that’s not on this list but deserves to be? Please feel free to share it here.)