What kind of building is best suited as the headquarters of one of Germany's largest solar and wind energy consulting firms? The world's most energy-saving one, of course.
Through the use of solar panels, heat transfer devices, rain water collection tanks and wood-burning furnaces, the JUWI headquarters just outside the southwest German town of Woerstadt is able to run on a mere two euros a day.
That's less than half the cost incurred maintaining a traditional building. In addition, the building itself actually produces twice the amount of energy as it uses, which means that extra energy can be put onto the energy grid, earning income.
The environmental organization Environment Help Germany (DUH) has awarded JUWI the Climate Protection Prize 2008 for their innovative headquarters. The prize, worth 10,000 euros ($14,200), is being presented in Berlin on Sept. 15th.
DW traveled to Woerstadt to get a look at this climate-friendly wonder. Click on the link below to view the photos.