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Can green buildings save planet Earth from a dystopian future?

A building covered in plants in central London

Can green buildings save our planet from the rampant growth of humanity?

Here are some of the technologies and concepts that make up green buildings:

LED lighting

Solar-paneled apartment blocks

Cloud technology – which generates huge energy savings by reducing the carbon footprint of office-building computer networks

Prefab skyscrapers that can rise in days - cuts building waste and transport to and from the construction site

Prefabricated steel sections

Ready-made modules that fit together like Lego

Forest cities - buildings covered in trees and plants

Insulated walls up to 30cm thick

Triple or even quadruple-glazed windows


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