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Zero-Emissions Design, Chongqing, China

Tuesday 15 Jun 2010

From zero to hero

Zero-Emissions Design by WAN Editorial in Chongqing, China
Zero-Emissions Design by WAN Editorial in Chongqing, China
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19/11/12 Abby Lim, Singapore
Nice project!
We would like to visit the building.
May I know the address and how is the arrangement in order for a group of us to visit the building.
22/06/10 Iva, Sydney
Fantastic, it is about time for better buildings as well as better co-operation
between design, engineering, construction, technology, environment & people.
Future buildings will actually be production facilities, delivering clean power, water, air & food, just like a fruit tree! Whilst they are also places to live, work and play!
Good Luck.
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22/06/10 George, NYC
By 2050 we must grow all the food that’s required for the occupants on roof terrace, all the water should be rain-harvested and recycled in the building,
all the power should be coming from solar cells/wind generators on facades for any given building.

Then we would not even need any zoning or land use planning that delineates urban land, agricultural land or natural preserves. We would not need to ponder over transects of densities and typologies, or urban design that designs blocks streets and squares, we would not need architects to work out building types into appropriate scales and symbolism and mutual relationship with each other and urban space. All we need is a big box or blob building clad in glass with engineers working out the mechanics; Oh throw in an architect, he could suggest a giant twist of a big cantilever or a big hole right in the middle.
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Bold claims made for new sustainable development model 

Architects Woods Bagot and engineering firm Buro Happold have launched a model for large-scale sustainable development, which they say will ‘significantly advance’ the construction industry's contribution to achieving a zero carbon economy by 2050. Details of the project called Zero-Emissions Design - or Zero-E - were unveiled at the 2010 Bloomberg BusinessWeek Global Green Business Summit in Shanghai. A pilot project will look at the development potential of an industrial site on the Yangtze River in Chongqing, China.

The test case proposes a 450,000 sq m mixed-use development, featuring an 82-storey office and hotel tower, which will continually monitor and react to internal and external climatic conditions for maximum performance. While current approaches to sustainable development reduce the environmental harm caused by the construction and operation of new buildings, ZERO-E goes beyond reducing the impact of new development to creating buildings that contribute to the healing of compromised human and ecological systems.

The joint initiative follows the UN Compact on climate change and China's commitment, made last November, to reducing carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 40-45% by the year 2020, compared with 2005 levels. Ross Donaldson, chief executive of Woods Bagot, said: "The construction industry has known for some time that increasing the sustainability of buildings and cities is key to turning the tide on climate change. The Zero-e pilot project confirms that using the expertise and tools available to us today far greater advances in building performance-those that comprise zero emissions design-are currently within the industry's capabilities. This initiative is not only an entirely new model for sustainable design, it is also a call to action and an invitation to our development and construction partners to join us as we lead the way to a sustainable future."

Gavin Thompson, Buro Happold's managing director, added: "As an industry we must take urgent steps to change the planning, design and construction of the built environment if we are to help deliver a zero carbon global economy. Zero-e demonstrates the power of combining our significant expertise, blurring the boundaries between architect and engineer and represents a watershed moment for our industry."

James Lancaster

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