Foster’s tower set to be China’s first net-zero high-rise

Images courtesy of Foster + Partners
The 33-storey Z6 tower in Beijing, designed by UK architect Foster + Partners, aims to become China’s first high-rise office building to achieve the “Net Zero Carbon Outstanding” certification.

Located in Beijing’s central business district near a park, Z6 is being built for developer Sino Ocean Group and will house the regional headquarters for HSBC as well as other tenants.

The building has six, 20m-high atria which can be used to host events.

A natural ventilation system lets rising hot air exit the building.

The tower aims to run emissions free, and to achieve full building lifecycle net zero carbon, which involves offsetting embodied carbon upon completion.

It also aims for the Chinese Green Building three-star rating, plus international LEED Gold and WELL Platinum accreditations.

Pearl Tang, Foster + Partners’ senior partner, said: “We are bringing the experience of the park into the building, with a series of vertical internal gardens that offer a range of active spaces with native tree species to enhance health and productivity.”

The Z6 tower will be located alongside three new high-rise buildings, two of which are being designed by Foster + Partners.

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