China's first green skyscraper earns LEED platinum certification

The Pearl River Tower, an environmentally-smart building and landmark within the Guangzhou, China, skyline, has passed LEED-CS platinum certification, according to the website Facility Executive.

The 71-story skyscraper is the first project in Guangzhou to achieve LEED-CS platinum certification and is considered China’s first true green skyscraper and the greenest building in China.

Rising at the heart of Pearl River New City, the 214,000-square-meter Pearl River Tower has garnered global attention for its innovative green initiatives, including zero energy consumption.

According to Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), the tower’s sleek, aerodynamic form was developed through a careful understanding of solar and wind patterns around the site. The design optimizes the solar path and uses the sun to the building’s advantage.

One of the most notable features is the tower’s sculpted design, which directs wind to a pair of openings at its mechanical floors, pushing turbines to generate energy for the building. Other sustainable design and engineering elements — including radiant ceiling cooling system, solar panels, double-glazing curtain wall, demand-based ventilation air and daylight responsive controls — all contribute to the building’s energy efficiency, the website reports.

The Pearl River Tower has housed a number of multinational enterprises, including ABB (China), Otis (China), Carrier, SGD Asia Pacific, Regus, Ford Motor, HBA Design, Alpine Electronics (China), Chugai Pharma, PCM (China), Jotun Group, CITIC Securities, Shenyin & Wanguo Securities, CNINSURE Inc., China Railway Oil, China Huaneng and Ping An Group.

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