Problem: cities often produce excess air pollution through the energy consumption of its buildings and transportation networks, and the problem is exacerbated by limited green space and lack of carbon-absorbing plant life.
Solution: building vertically by integrating ground-level plants and foliage that absorb carbon dioxide and help maintain thermal comfort for building occupants.
- a new skyscraper in Taipei is designed to hold 23,000 trees and shrubs on its facade, roof, and balconies.
- the plants are projected to absorb 130 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
- the building is twisted (modeled after a DNA strand) which helps maximize daylighting and natural ventilation in an effort to reduce the energy consumption of its inhabitants
- cities, especially those with major air pollution issues, and their municipal building departments
- architects and landscape architects
First 3 steps:
- survey the performance of the building (and similar projects worldwide) over a period of time to measure its impact on energy savings, air quality, occupant health, and maintenance costs compared to a baseline building model
- present the findings to city building departments to propose changes in building codes that will facilitate similar designs for new construction projects
- spread awareness to architects and developers