Apple’s new spaceship campus could be the “greenest building on the planet” according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who made the assertion in a talk at yesterday’s Climate Week NYC event. Currently under construction, the futuristic Campus 2 will be packed with impressive green features including 100 percent renewable energy-powered facilities and a massive solar array system said to be one of the world’s largest for a corporate campus. But vying for the title of world’s greenest building won’t come cheap–the ring-shaped campus is estimated to cost more than $5 billion.
“We’re building a new headquarters that I think will be the greenest building on the planet,” said Cook in a Climate Week NYC talk, just one day before the major U.N. climate summit. “It’ll be the center of innovation and it’s something that our employees want and that we want.” Though Cook’s statement has yet to be substantiated, the bold claim falls in line with Apple’s recent and aggressive push to go “green.”
Designed by Foster + Partners, the mega-campus will cover approximately 2.8 million square feet and accommodate 14,000 employees. The building is also expected to rely mostly on natural ventilation and will not use air conditioning or heating 75 percent of the year. Slated for completion in 2016, Campus 2 will be covered by 80 percent landscaping and surrounded by more than 7,000 trees.
Via The Verge