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International architecture firm Gensler recently completed a new net-positive office in the heart of Shanghai that boasts a stunning array of energy-saving, low-carbon features.

Sustainable offices: zero-carbon office by Gensler in Shanghai

Designed as the flagship Asia HQ for the sustainable consulting engineering company Glumac, the nearly 6,000-square-foot office space features some incredible eco-friendly technologies—including air quality-improving printer exhaust vents—that help showcase the company’s plans to bring sustainable building to China and beyond. The net-positive energy, net-positive water, and net-zero carbon Shanghai office is on track to receive LEED Platinum certification and become the first full-petal Living Building Challenge (LBC)-certified project in Asia.

Sustainable offices: zero-carbon office by Gensler in Shanghai

To provide a safe haven in a country notorious for its air pollution, Gensler designed the Glumac office with advanced air purification systems that provide healthy indoor air quality consistently measuring at a PM2.5 standard of less than 30 μg/m3, even when outside air quality reaches hazardous levels of above 300. A living green wall was also installed to help purify the air. Per LBC standards, all of the construction material was responsibly sourced and include locally manufactured, recycled, and salvaged materials.

Sustainable offices: zero-carbon office by Gensler in Shanghai

Powered by solar energy, the office consumes less than 40,000 kWh per year and directs excess energy produced to the state grid. In addition to plus energy capabilities, the office is equipped with water-efficient fixtures that use collected and treated rainwater; around 500-cubic-meters of rainwater is harvested annually however, the fixtures only consume 200-cubic-meters of water a year. The project was completed with a zero carbon footprint.

Sustainable offices: zero-carbon office by Gensler in Shanghai

Built with flexibility in mind, the spacious and light-filled office features an open plan layout with movable partitions that employees can use to change the configuration of workspaces. The open space also accommodates tour groups interested in learning about the HQ’s sustainable design or Glumac’s services. The LBC certification process for the office is currently underway.

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