China's New Eco-tower Expected to be World's most Energy-Efficient Tower; Aims to be Net-Zero
A 71-story tower in China is expected to become the world's most energy-efficient tower on the road to its ''zero'' energy footprint goal. The building is designed by U.S based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and built by Shanghai Construction. The $400M building is scheduled for completion late next year. It is expected to consume 58% less energy than a tower built to just follow current energy codes.
Some of the building's sustainable features will include:
- internally ventilated double wall facade to limit heat absorption and act as insulation
- radiant panels
- light responsive automatic blinds
- Photovoltaic (PV) panels
It is expected that nearly half of the world's new buildings will be in China by 2015. China has introduced mandatory design standards aimed at energy efficiency in public buildings. China has pledged to cut carbon emissions by up to 45% by 2020.