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China’s First Zero-Emissions Building
Posted By Evelyn Lee On October 8, 2008 @ 12:30 pm In Architecture,Green Building,San Francisco | 3 Comments
Photo by Daniele Domenicali 
Situated in Ningbo, China, the University of Nottingham’s  new Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET)  is a welcome addition to the landscape as well as the air above Zhejiang province. Inspired by Chinese lanterns and traditional wooden screens, Mario Cucinella Architects  packed CSET  with a variety of sustainable attributes to make it the the first zero-emissions building in China.
Located in a country that relies heavily on coal power to support a population nearing 1.5 billion, CSET ‘s sustainable attributes are are vigorous as its environmental curriculum. The building is powered by a large array of photovoltaic cells  and geothermal energy  (which cools and heats the five story floor slabs). Any additional energy collected is stored in batteries that can provide up to two week’s worth of electricity for sunless days.
CSET ‘s double-glass skin reduces solar radiation, and the large rooftop opening creates natural ventilation  while allowing daylight to illuminate the interior spaces. The building also makes extensive use of locally sourced materials in its construction and boasts an onsite rain and gray-water recycling center.
The 1300 sq. meter building includes a visitors center, research laboratories, and classrooms, and has been estimated to reduce coal use by 448.9 tons and carbon emissions by 1081.8 tons over the next 25 years. The University’s graduates will be educated in topics that include energy-efficient technology, sustainable transportation, hydrogen systems, renewable energy technology, low-energy high-rise buildings, and low-energy housing.
Via Treehugger 
Photos by Daniele Domenicali 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/08/chinas-first-zero-emission-building/
 Daniele Domenicali: http://www.danieledomenicali.com/
 University of Nottingham’s: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sbe/courses/ningbo_china.php
 Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET): http://www.mcarchitectsgate.it/index.php?id=9&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=61&tx_ttnews[backPid]=1&cHash=e8b183062d
 photovoltaic cells: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/29/generali-tower-by-valode-and-pistre/
 geothermal energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/28/new-mexicos-first-geothermal-power-plant-raser/
 natural ventilation: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/28/san-francisco-transbay-transit-center/
 + Mario Cucinella Architects: http://www.mcarchitectsgate.it
 Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/09/china-first-zero-emission-building-ningbo.php
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