The newly opened TEDA H2 Building in China is the world-first low-carbon buildingthat has been accredited with four green building certificates: the US LEED (Gold), Chinese 3-Star, Japanese CASBEE (S Class) and the British BREEAM (Very Good). Designed by Atkins, the building incorporates a variety of green building initiatives, including simple techniques such as rainwater harvesting to relatively complex photovoltaic systems for solar energy.

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Located in Tianjin TEDA Modern Service District, the H2 building recently won “Best Innovative Green Building” award by MIPIM Asia 2014. Thanks to its layered appearance and performance-inspired facades, the project has been nicknamed “ecological sandwich” by the design team. Its two storey podium will house retail shops, banks and outlets, while the remaining floors will accommodate office spaces.

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The nine-story building creates an energy-saving indoor building environment through five aspects of architectural and engineering designs – building structure and architectural envelope, renewable energy, electrical and lighting design, plumbing and sanitary engineering, as well as HVAC engineering. An array of photovoltaic cells is positioned in front of a double-skinned facade on the south elevation, while the north facade utilizes triple-glazing curtain wall panels.

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