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China's tallest tower is green in design

Shanghai Tower, the tallest landmark still under construction in Pudong, claims to be a "green skyscraper" as it signed an energy management contract with a local lighting company yesterday.
The lighting system provided by Shanghai Yaming Lighting Co Ltd is expected to save electricity equivalent to 4,000 tons of standard coal and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10,000 tons per year.
The company said the building's retail levels and underground parking lot will use LED lights and a central control system to reduce energy consumption.
Gu Jianping, general manager of Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co Ltd, said the 632-meter-high skyscraper will set a good example in the use of green concepts and technologies. It will have more than 20 mini gardens at different levels with greenery covering one third of its total space.
Gu said the building has obtained the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificate from the US Green Building Council.
He said Shanghai Tower is rising one floor up every week. It will have 210,000 square meters of office space and 50,000 square meters of retail space with a daily traffic of up to 40,000 people, about twice the size of the nearby Jinmao Tower.
The building, with an investment of nearly 15 billion yuan, will be built in 2014 and put into service in 2015.


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