Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) is set to build the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group’s (CECEP) new Shanghai headquarters, following its selection in an international design competition.

A mixed-use ensemble of three office towers, retail and hospitality spaces, and an urban park was proposed by ZHA for the complex, which is deemed to become the greenest building in the city, with the highest sustainability scores.

The 218,000m² headquarter is located adjacent to the Yangpu Bridge on the Huangpu River.

Zaha Hadid Architects noted that the complex is also designed in lines with CECEP’s commitment to the education. It will provide public spaces for its staff and neighbouring communities.

Moreover, the building will also feature optimised external shading and rain water harvesting facilities.

The company plans to reduce the project’s embodied carbon through extensive use of locally produced, prefabricated components, which will also support the local economy.

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In addition, energy consumption will be cut down 25% through on-site energy production using photovoltaics that are connected to battery storage and a micro-grid.

The design includes high-efficiency heating and ventilation with waste heat recovery, cooling systems using non-potable water, and thermal ice storage for cooling.

To reduce peak daytime electrical consumption, the ice generated by chillers at night using off peak electricity is stored in thermal tanks. This will be used during the day for cooling when the load is at the highest.

A building management system is also planned by ZHA to monitor the interior environment. It will automatically react to changes in internal conditions such as variations in temperature, air quality, natural daylight, or number of occupants.

This system is also capable of collating data to predict and optimise energy usage.

The new headquarters will leverage a 5G network to handle intelligent management and biometric security systems. It is expected to help staff and visitors to avoid contact with communal surfaces.