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Shanghai Tower gets green gong

SHANGHAI Tower yesterday became the first building in the world over 400 meters high to be awarded a Platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certificate.

The award, made by the US Green Building Council, recognizes the building’s use of green energy technologies.

At 632 meters, the 127-story skyscraper is the world’s second-highest building.

“The 40 energy-saving designs incorporated into the design will help us to save more than 100 million yuan (US$15.6 million) a year, or 20 percent of the operational costs,” said Ge Qing, its deputy general manager and chief engineer.

The building, in the Lujiazui district of the Pudong New Area, was earlier named a “green skyscraper” by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

The tower collects rainwater for use in its gardens, toilets and air-conditioning system. Rain is collected in tanks on the top floor of the building and flows down to a treatment plant on the 66th floor.

It also has 270 wind power generators — located between the 121st and 123rd floors — that can generate about 1,100 megawatts of electricity every year.

A central control system will also help to reduce energy consumption, Ge said.

The building has almost 700 square meters of trees and plants on the roof of the podium building, which helps to keep it cool in the summer, Ge said.

Inside there are more than 20 gardens, giving a significant green coverage throughout the building, he said.

Built at a cost of 15 billion yuan, though yet to open, Shanghai Tower features offices, shops, restaurants and a hotel. In terms of height, it ranks second only to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands 829.8m.

Once open, members of the pubic will be allowed to visit two sightseeing platforms located on the 118th and 119th floors of Shanghai Tower. Getting there will be part of the fun, as it will take less than 1 minute thanks to some of the world’s fastest elevators.


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