Asia generally lags behind the U.S. and Europe as far as the green-buildings movement goes. But there are signs that green architecture is starting to move more into the mainstream. The Ocean One Tower is a 91-story beachfront residential high-rise in the Thai resort town of Pattaya. Designed by Australia-based firm Woods Bagot, the building (set to be completed in 2010) will be the first eco-friendly high-rise and tallest building to be built in Thailand.
Some the green highlight include: solar cells incorporated into the tower, automatic shading to reduce indoor temperatures, 80% of the water used will be recycled for toilets and then treated for use outdoors and energy efficient appliances will save residents as much as 30% on electricity bills. Also, the elevators will reduce power consumption by 98% compared to ordinary elevators – yet operate at high speed. They will use a kind of regenerative braking to achieve this.