Photo: @unenvironment UNEP,UNHABITAT
Photos UNEP @UNHabitat offices in Nairobi take sustainability to a new level
The building that is home to the UnitedNations in Nairobi, Kenya, including the UN Environment Programme and UN-HABITAT, takes environmental sustainability to a new level.
Four buildings, linked by airy walkways, flooded with natural light, and with green areas individually landscaped and themed, can accommodate 1,200 staff.
Solar panels cover the roof space, automated low energy lighting illuminates workspaces, and energy efficient computers sit on desks. Rainwater is collected from the roofs to feed the fountains and ponds at the four entrances, and sewage is treated in a state-of-the-art aeration system and recycled to irrigate the beautifully landscaped compound.
Water saving lavatories, a central atrium and lightwells in every office zone, together with an inventive design that maximizes cooling natural airflow through the building, all contribute further to sustainability.