The Energy Plus office building to be located in the Gennevilliers area of Paris will be the world’s greenest office. The 70,000 square metre, low-rise complex will house 5,000 workers but will consume no electricity other than that which it produces itself.
The building will generate electricity from a array of more solar panels than any other building currently in existence. Temperature will be controlled using a cutting-edge form of insulation and circulating water pumped from the Seine throughout the building.
The architects, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, say that the building will cost about 25 to 30% more than a conventional building to construct but this will easily be recouped through lower maintenance and running costs.