Geothermal Buildings From Around The World
Late last year, we talked about our geothermal efforts on the blog and gave you a little background info on what it is and why we find it important. To recap quickly, geothermal energy is a clean, alternative energy source that relies completely and fully on the earth’s heat.
Canada may be a bit behind in our geothermal efforts, but there are many other countries around the world that have picked up the slack and done their part to create buildings that use this sustainable energy source.
- Buckingham Palace, England – using a lake that’s on the property and a bed of coiled pipes, the heating bills at the Palace are far less than they were a few years ago.
- ‘Bird Nest’ stadium, China – designed to be a part of China’s Olympic Village, it is one of the largest green buildings in the world and is home to some of the most impressive geothermal heating/cooling systems.
- Orly Airport, France – Paris’ second largest airport uses geothermal technology to heat its terminals. It’s also the first major company in Paris and the the first European airport to jump aboard the geothermal ship.
- Boston University, US – Might look like a regular old school building, but 1,500 feet below are six wells that help keep the 95,000 square foot building warm or cool.
- Canadian National Exhibition, Canada – Those who visit the Toronto attraction year after year might be surprised to know that the Press Building is actually heated/cooled by geothermal energy.
- Reichstag Building, Germany – This parliament building in Berlin is heated and cooled thanks to geothermal energy. The glass dome keeps the energy within the building, and does what it needs to do: cool it in the summer, heat it in the winter.
These are just a few examples of buildings where geothermal energy is used. There are various geothermal plants all around the world, from Iceland to New Zealand so we’re bound to see more buildings adopt this natural energy source.
We think it’s really important to consider the environment when building/buying a home and that’s why we’ve incorporated it into The Nest.
Would you live in a home powered by geothermal energy?