Plans for super sustainable skyscraper unveiled

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Plans for a new 200m high super sustainable skyscraper in Shenzhen, China have been unveiled

The 96,000 sq m building will be the regional headquarters for the Shenzhen Energy Company.

The façade will be made with folded skin that shades the office complex from direct sunlight and integrates solar thermal panels, reducing the overall energy consumption of the building.

By folding the façade in an origami like shape the structure with closed and open in parts.

Even with direct sun from the East or West, the majority of the solar rays reflect off the glass, due to the flat angle of the window.

The reflected rays increase the efficiency of solar thermal energy panels. The combination of minimal passive solar heating and active solar panels reduce the energy consumption by more than 60 per cent.

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