Triple first for BREEAM in China

Chinese state developer Franshion was awarded China’s first BREEAM Outstanding design certificate for its Living Lattice exhibition centre at an event in Meixi Lake Eco City, Changsha earlier today.

The event, which forms part of David Cameron’s trade mission to China, was attended by Chinese and British partners* who’ve collaborated to deliver an exemplar of sustainable design – one of the best green buildings in the world.

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Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley to be in harmony with the local climate, culture and natural landscape, the £20m flagship building features a multi-level matrix or latticework of floor plates, courtyards and gardens. The structure enables the whole building to benefit from passive day lighting and ventilation strategies. The materials to be used in its construction have been selected using the BRE Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)** tool IMPACT.

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Dr Peter Bonfield, CEO of BRE who is taking part in the Government’s trade mission this week said ‘Not only is the Living Lattice the first BREEAM Outstanding for China, it is the first certification in the world using BREEAM International New Construction 2013 and it is the first time that LCA of building materials has contributed to BREEAM certification in the country. This project will act as an exemplar for thousands of future buildings.’

UK Consulate General Alistair Morgan who awarded the certificate to Franshion said ‘This is an outstanding achievement brought about by the strength of the collaboration and partnership between British and Chinese companies who are delivering this exemplar building in this fantastic eco-city development in Changsha’.

Vice President of Franshion Mr Zhang said ‘This building forms a key part of our strategy to become leaders in sustainability. It represents a significant commitment from us to partner with providers of the most sustainable technologies and innovations.’

The building when finished will communicate the vision for the Meixi Lake Eco-City, which comprises nearly 15 million square metres of development, an estimated £6bn investment and will eventually have a population of more than 300,000. It will also provide a hub for innovation and knowledge transfer for low carbon construction, inviting international suppliers of materials and technologies to showcase their products in the new centre. The building will itself become part of the exhibition, revealing many of the internal mechanisms that will make it an exemplar of low carbon construction.

Jaya Skandamoorthy Director BRE China, said ‘The intention of projects like the Living Lattice is not to just be a showcase but also a live learning exercise. We plan to conduct an extensive programme of research and monitoring on the building over the next two years including environmental and occupational performance.’

For further information and images please contact Linda McKeown, BRE, tel 01923 664569, email mckeownl@bre.co.uk