The Shanghai International Finance Centre is a five-million-square-foot office complex that houses the Shanghai Stock Exchange, China Financial Futures Exchange, and the China Securities Depository & Clearing Company. The project started over 12 years ago, with our team actively participating in design workshops in both Chicago and Shanghai, and facilitating an initial pre-certification of LEED Core and Shell Gold.
Thornton Tomasetti and BEE Incorporations helped us manage a very complex project with multiple clients. We were able to work through various construction delays and a pandemic to meet our goal of LEED Gold certification.
- Our early work allowed the client team to promote a sustainable story for the project, which has now achieved LEED Core and Shell Gold certification under the v2009 rating system.
- Construction of the three towers includes a combination of a highly efficient natural ventilation envelope, under-floor air distribution, ice storage cooling and photovoltaic panels.
- An advanced façade design features floor-to-ceiling glass using high-performance, low-E coating exterior mullions with automated shading. These features allow considerable reduction in the towers’ air conditioning and heating loads.
- The installation of large glass atriums reduce the use of artificial light and, along with pedestrian roof decks, fountains and vegetation, provide building occupants with a connection to natural elements.
- Roof gardens with water collection systems and gray water from sinks and showers are used for irrigation at the plaza level and other vegetated areas in the building, resulting in the savings of more than 50 percent of potable water when compared to a typical office building.
- Energy modeling shows an anticipated savings of up to 30 percent over a similar building constructed to code due to the efficiency of systems, heat recovery from the server rooms, and advanced controls.