The NuOffice in Munich, to be completed by year’s end is a paragon for self-sustaining green construction. Born out of a collaboration between the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics and the European energy-efficiency project DIRECTION, the NuOffice surpasses all thresholds for LEED platinum status. The designers’ goal was to maximize the complex’s passive use of energy, adding renewable energy sources to cover the building’s energy consumption. A district heating system in the building’s basement operates radiant heating and cooling schemes to keep energy consumption at a minimum. Additionally, the layout of the inner courtyard creates a natural draught through the building and maximizes sunlight with effects inside and outside of the complex.