The Link: Sustainable architectural practices

As the climate change issue becomes more pressing than ever, a series of innovative architectural feats that incorporate sustainable practices are taking centre stage

1. Sheikh Zayed Learning Centre: Al Ain, UAE

The centre, in tribute to the late founder of the UAE, emulates his love of the natural world by adopting an inventive energy-efficient design to keep the building cool.

2. Convention Centre: Vancouver, Canada

The Canadian Pavilion for the 1986 World Expo is now one of the greenest convention centres in the world, with a six-acre living roof that hosts thousands of indigenous plants.

3. ZEB pilot house: Larvik, Norway

Architecture practice Snøhetta has developed a ‘plus house’, which produces more energy than it uses. Clad in solar panels, it has a tilted south-easterly roof and geothermal wells and can power an electric car.

One Angel Square
The facade of Manchester’s One Angel Square absorbs and retains heat

4. One Angel Square: Manchester, UK

Dominating the northern quarter of Manchester’s city centre is the HQ of one of the UK’s leading companies. Generating zero emissions, it has a twin skin facade that locks in heat.

5. Carbon-positive house: Melbourne, Australia

ArchiBlox’s prototype of one of the world’s first carbon-positive homes is designed to produce more energy than it uses, and features a grass roof and an air-tight envelope.

6. Sun Moon Mansion: Dezhou City, China

China’s Sun Moon Mansion is the largest solar-powered building in the world. With an energy efficiency of 88 per cent, it’s a symbol of China’s progress in developing solar power.