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Project Information


Client: Vantone Real Estate Co. Ltd.

Site Location: Beijing, China



Project Date: June 2012

Project Status: Concept Design

This project - on the outskirts of Beijing - is for a prestigious Chinese developer committed to creating innovative sustainable housing solutions.

The scheme consists of 5 town houses, one of which will be retained as a permanent zero carbon exhibition centre for promoting the technologies and design principles to the Chinese market and construction industry. Each home will incorporate a 10kW ZEDroof PV system, Solar thermal, zero carbon cooling technology, wind cowls with heat recovery and all the standard ZED specification levels of superinsulation, thermal mass, solar gain and airtightness. We hope to utilise a number of innovative and low embodied energy construction materials such as laminated bamboo beams and low cement content GGBS ceiling and wall structures. The project is on course to achievethe highest possible ‘LEED Platinum’ rating.

Minimise Energy Demand

1. Reduce Thermal Demand

  • Super-insulation

  • Thermal mass

  • Airtight construction

  • Passive solar design

  • Passive ventilation with heat recovery


2. Reduce Electrical Demand

  • ​LED lighting throughout

  • High levels of natural daylight

  • Low energy appliances

  • Minimise eletric heat sources

  • Minimise 'phantom loads' such as pumps and fans

  • Raise awareness, e.g Home energy meter

Maximise Energy Harvest

1. Renewable Heating & Cooling

  • Intelligent Thermal store

  • Solar thermal collectors

  • Heat pumps in pile foundations

  • Radiant heat distribution, from walls
    and fl oors.

  • Lithim Bromide dehumidifi cation unit


2. Renewable Electricity

  • 10kW Photovoltaic array

Energy Strategy - Seasons

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