University of Bradford, The Green
The University of Bradford’s latest dorm, completed in September 2011, is one of the greenest buildings in the world. Called The Green, for obvious reasons, the $63 million project in West Yorkshire, U.K., will house more than 1,000 students in dorms, town homes and apartments. The building scored an impressive 95.05 percent on the BREEAM rating scale, the British equivalent of LEED, the highest score ever given. So what makes the building so impressive? It boasts energy usage monitors, solar-powered water heaters, extra insulation for heat retention, rainwater ponds, recycling facilities, sustainably harvested timber, low-energy fittings, and low-flow plumbing fixtures, among other features. Even better, it’s designed to promote community among the students, offering great outdoor garden spaces around the building.