Reducing Cooling Loads in Hot-Humid Climates: A Best Practice Research Building in China
In this chapter we discuss a project that epitomises the research required to find sustainable solutions and create comfortable environments at the micro scale of individual buildings, the IBR centre in Shenzhen, China, which was a research project in itself and continues to be a focus of ongoing research, experimentation and monitoring. The knowledge base ranges from the sciences of climatology, human comfort and behaviour to those of building physics, energy systems and advanced engineering; the challenge lies in integrating these diverse fields. Whether at micro, meso or macro level, the common cause is the application of advanced design and science to solutions in practice of our overarching challenge: warming environments, both at the local level of cities and that of the planet.
KeywordsGreen building Sustainable features Natural ventilation China
We are particularly grateful to the project team at Shenzhen Institute of Building Research (IBR) for giving us access to the building and to some useful documents on the building’s performance and design.
The IBR building has achieved the following awards and honours:
First Grade Distinction (highest score) First place in the National top 100 Green Building demonstration Projects (China 2010), 2010 Hong Kong Building Award (Merit Level), 2011 China Human Settlement Pattern Project Award (2011), highest National Green Building Award (3 Star, China 2010), First place in the National Demonstration Project of Renewable Energy Application (China 2010), 2011 National Excellent Engineering Design Award (First prize, China), FutureArc Green Leadership Award 2011 (by BCI Asia), 2013 World Green Design Project Product Award (Golden Prize by International Design Federation), DNA Energy Efficiency Award 2013 Nomination, Asia-Pacific Award by World Green Building Council (WGBC), as well as, the third Biannual top Architecture in the Public Building Category, Green and Ecological Design Award, the third Biannual China Award for ‘Good Design is Good Business’, and Best Green Design Award (by Business Week and McGraw-Hill Construction) (Diamond et al., ASHRAE Report 2014).
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