LEED On: Hongqiao Sunnyworld Centre
The Hongqiao Sunnyworld Centre is the new landmark at the heart of Shanghai’s central business district. The integrated building complex is both architecturally pleasing and ecologically sustainable, and the two buildings that make up the Sunnyworld Centre earned LEED Gold and LEED Platinum certification. Sunnyworld Group adopted the LEED rating system as the standard for their buildings with the hope of contributing to sustainable development in China.
The Centre’s design creates a stunning visual connection between ground-level public spaces and the offices above, while also maximizing the benefit of sunlight through exterior shading and automatic interior blinds that cut solar heat gain. A high-performance glass facade preserves exterior views. A light well permits daylight penetration and enhanced ventilation. Rooftop solar panels heat water supplies.
Sensor-based sanitary ware and a rainwater harvesting system on a landscaped terrace garden dramatically cut water consumption and, through integrated design, contribute to a reduction in the Centre’s heat island effect. Indoor air quality has been given special emphasis, with temperature-controlled underground air conditioners and air purifying units.
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