National Assembly for Wales by Richard Rogers
The building maximises natural daylight and ventilation to reduce energy usage. It uses the ground as a heat source and wood chips or pellets for the boiler. Rainwater is also collected via the steel columns supporting the roof to supply the toilets and to wash the windows. It is said that its renewable energy systems will reduce running costs by up to half.
The National Assembly of Wales has become a symbol for so much more than Wales’ legislative independence.
Rogers says, “It is a statement of faith. Embodying democratic values of openness and participation.”’