How green is Ap­ple Cam­pus 2?

Mac Format - - APPLE’S NEW HQ -

Ap­ple was ini­tially sin­gled-out for crit­i­cism by Green­peace for its non-re­cy­clable iPods in 2007, which gave the com­pany some­thing of a wake-up call. So much so that it was praised in 2014 for its use of re­new­able en­ergy and im­prove­ments in us­ing highly re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als. For ex­am­ple, Ap­ple’s Maiden, North Carolina data cen­tre has the USA’s largest pri­vately owned, on-site, so­lar ar­ray, and is pow­ered by 100% re­new­able en­ergy. The lat­est ren­ders of the new Ap­ple Cam­pus 2 sup­plied to the Cu­per­tino City Coun­cil show that the roof space is al­most en­tirely tiled with so­lar pan­els. That’s over 500,000 square feet, and could be used for gen­er­at­ing en­ergy.

In typ­i­cal Ap­ple style, the new Cam­pus 2 has plenty of ex­cit­ing tech­nolo­gies hid­den be­hind the pic­turesque land­scaped park­land, and most of them put an em­pha­sis on help­ing to save the en­vi­ron­ment. Ap­ple Cam­pus 2 will use 30% less en­ergy than a typ­i­cal R&D of­fice build­ing. The build­ing it­self is de­signed so air flows freely be­tween the in­side and out­side, pro­vid­ing nat­u­ral ven­ti­la­tion for 75% of the year. The new cam­pus is be­ing built from the ground up to meet the high­est en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards set by LEED, an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised green build­ing rat­ing sys­tem. Per­haps the most green thing about Ap­ple Cam­pus 2 though, are the amount of trees, which will be hard at work turn­ing car­bon diox­ide into oxy­gen. Just un­der 80% of the cam­pus site will be open park­land, pop­u­lated by more than 7,000 trees. Some of the ex­ist­ing trees are be­ing pre­served, but Ap­ple is plant­ing more than 6,000 new shade and fruit trees. Drought-tol­er­ant plants will be used through­out the land­scape to min­imise wa­ter use.

Fi­nally, there’s the im­pact of the work force on the en­vi­ron­ment. Get­ting to and from the new cam­pus will be greener, too. Over a third of Ap­ple’s nearly 15,000 em­ploy­ees in Cu­per­tino can com­mute to the new cam­pus us­ing its bio­fuel buses, public tran­sit, bi­cy­cles, car­pools, and their own two feet. Over 1,000 shared bi­cy­cles will also be avail­able for get­ting around Ap­ple Cam­pus 2. And for green driv­ers, there will be 300 elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing sta­tions.

With 12,000 peo­ple work­ing in one build­ing, park­ing re­quire­ments will be sub­stan­tial. Ap­ple’s so­lu­tion is to move the ma­jor­ity of park­ing un­der­ground. This en­ables the ma­jor­ity of the site to be­come beau­ti­ful land­scaped park­land, much more at­trac­tive than acres of black as­phalt. There will also be some above ground park­ing, but the vast ma­jor­ity will be un­der­ground.

Ap­ple Cam­pus 2 will use 30% less en­ergy than a typ­i­cal of­fice build­ing. Air flows freely be­tween the in­side and out­side, pro­vid­ing nat­u­ral ven­ti­la­tion 75% of the year.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.