Foster’s tower aims to be China’s first to achieve net zero

Fosters tower net zero
The Fosters tower aims to achieve net-zero emissions (Images courtesy of Foster + Partners)

The 33-storey Z6 tower in Beijing, designed by UK architect Foster + Partners, aims to become China’s first high-rise office building to achieve a Net Zero Carbon “Outstanding” certification.

Based on BREEAM, the evaluation system was developed jointly by the British Research Establishment (BRE) and TÜV Rheinland Greater China (TÜV Rheinland).

Located in Beijing’s central business district near a park, Z6 is being built for developer Sino Ocean Group and will house the regional headquarters for HSBC as well as other tenants.

The building has six, 20m-high atria which can be used to host events.

A natural ventilation system lets rising hot air exit the building.

Fosters tower net zero

The tower aims to run emissions-free, and to achieve full building lifecycle net-zero carbon, which involves offsetting embodied carbon upon completion.

It also aims to achieve the Chinese Green Building three-star rating, plus international LEED Gold and WELL Platinum accreditations.

Pearl Tang, Foster + Partners’ senior partner, said: “We are bringing the experience of the park into the building, with a series of vertical internal gardens that offer a range of active spaces with native tree species to enhance health and productivity.”

The Z6 tower will be located alongside three new high-rise buildings, two of which are being designed by Foster + Partners.

This article first appeared on Global Construction Review

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