Urbanisation in China benefits from Swiss systemic building design

25. Mai 2018 Willers visiting a construction site in Yancheng

Willers visiting a construction site in Yancheng

Helping Chinese buildings to get near-zero emission

For our client China Eagle Group Real Estate (CEG), who develops new compounds and industrial parks in different parts of the country, we are mandated with energy and MEP concept designs (mechanical, electrical, plumbling). Just this week, we handed in our final report and held workshops on-site for a project in Yancheng, an up-and-coming coastal city 300km north of Shanghai. The project comprises a new development near downtown with three high-rise buildings, shops, commercial and recreational space.

Energy and MEP design set guiding parameters

On the one hand, the system of thermal and electrical energy for the Chinese building park has its specific characteristics (e.g. coal based district heating in Northern China), that at least in parts differ substantially from Western European standards. On the other hand, the climatic and environmental preconditions pose significant challenges, such as cold and dry winters, paired with hot and humid summers. Together with the fact, that air quality in Chinese cities requires building services to provide savvy concepts, it becomes clear that energy and MEP design have a big impact on developing sustainable cities.

Systemic building design

With the size and speed of real estate projects in China, near-zero emission buildings offer a substantial factor in re-shaping the urban landscape. As a leading developper, CEG invests heavily and aims at high-end budiling design with near-zero emission. As for every building, we apply systemic and therefore interdisciplanry principles to best adapt our energy and MEP design to the local context. These principles include the early cooperation and joint design workshops amongst all relevant disciplines (e.g. architect, MEP, structural engineer, landscape). Also these principles include the factor-based comparison of different energy system layouts, instead of applying standardized one-size-fits-all mentality.

Thanks to several ongoing projects, we are looking forward to extend our cooperation with Chinese partners.

Contact: Magnus Willers

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