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Shanghai

AZIA center Leads the Way in China’s Green Buildings Practices

Certified as the first USGBC’s LEED-EB Gold Building in China


AZIA center’s sustainable operating and building maintenance practices have enabled it to be the first office building in China to be certified as LEED-EB Gold by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Only those buildings who have fulfilled stringent requirements on operations, improvements and maintenance, with the goal of maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts, are awarded with this high rating. 

Below are some of the key actions undertaken for AZIA center to achieve the LEED-EB Gold certification:

• A landscape irrigation system that can collect rain water for irrigation has been installed to replace the surface and underground water used previously.
• The original Air Handling Unit (AHU) and Fresh Air Unit (FAU) primary light filters have been replaced to further improve the quality of office air.
• Electricity sub-meters have been installed for major equipment to monitor power consumption and energy efficiency.
• Water sub-meters have been installed to monitor water consumption and energy efficiency.
• The outdoor plant coverage has been increased by about 550 sqm and empty land restored to provide a greener and more comfortable environment for tenants and visitors.
 
After the renovation works it is estimated that AZIA center will reduce its carbon emissions by over 8,000 metric tons annually or about 40% of the total previous emissions.  Further, it is estimated that the building will also reduce its water consumption by more than 1.4 million gallons annually.
AZIA center understood and carefully managed the practical challenges involved to renovate and upgrade a fully occupied property and by doing so has kept pace with the rapid growth of modern building technologies and environmental protection standards. 

Whilst many new developments in today’s real estate market have some level of sustainability standards incorporated into their design, existing buildings, on the other hand, which make up the most part of the total stock of commercial buildings, rarely have been built with such environmental standards in mind. 

Ms. Beatrice Hsi, Jones Lang LaSalle’s General Manger for AZIA center added, “It is a big commitment and fairly challenging for existing buildings to achieve LEED-EB Gold accreditation.  However, the real estate arm of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation had already designed and developed AZIA center in the 2000s with the view that the building was to be primed to meet sustainability standards in the near future. This greatly facilitated our move to further improve the systems in place and as a result, achieve this high accreditation rating. 

Mr Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and founding chair of USGBC, said, “In the face of global climate change, our reliance on non-renewable energy and the various threats to human health have become the biggest challenges. However, the Green Building Campaign has offered us a great opportunity. AZIA center has served as a perfect model for China’s existing buildings”.