An article in the World Economic Forum has showcased 6 buildings and 4 flagship projects, in an attempt to bring attention to the housing and social infrastructure crisis happening around the world.
Researchers have looked at different buildings around the globe, and highlighted what makes them the best. The New Karolinska Solna (NKS) University Hospital will be climate-neutral once finished, thanks to its energy-efficient insulation, a geothermal energy plant and the use of food waste for biogas. Deloitte’s new Amsterdam head office shows how smart building design can provide flexibility and comfort for its occupants while also reducing energy demands. The article notes that the “multi-storey, north-facing glass atrium admits lots of daylight while concrete walls on the south facade absorb heat from sunlight”. The building produces more energy that it consumes and is widely regarded as the most sustainable office building in the world.