Europe's sustainable marvels

Updated 7:57 AM ET, Fri October 14, 2011
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The Fincube is a new modular, sustainable & transportable low-energy house currently on display as a prototype at Bozen, Italy. Courtesy Aisslinger
Heating demands at the RSPB Environment and Education Centre in the Thames Wetlands are reduced to about 50% of those of a typical building due to its green design. Courtesy RSPB
The eco-designs for the BMW World headquarters in Munich, Germany included an 800-kilowatt solar plant on its roof. Getty Images
Solar powered house of the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences designed as part of 10-day 'Solar Decathlon' in Madrid, Spain. Getty Images
Eco-homes built on The Wintles estate in Bishops Gate, United Kingdom are said to be among the most energy efficient in the UK. Getty Images
The 'Heliodrome,' a bioclimatic solar house in Cosswiller, eastern France. The house is designed as a giant three-dimensional sundial, set on a fixed angle to provide shade or sunlight depending on the season. AFP/Getty Images
The Ariva stadium in Dublin incorporates several green initiatives -- a steel and concrete structure to minimise the weight of steel and harvesting of rainwater to water the pitch. Getty Images
The Kuggen or Cog building at the Lindholmen campus in Sweden was designed to be energy efficient. he windows are triangular allowing daylight to follow the ceiling deep into the buildingwhile staying at a low ratio (30%) of the elevation surface. Courtesy Tobias Hildorzon