Okay, so it’s an airport – not exactly friend of the Earth.
Though this project is not yet finished, the energy-saving plan sounds promising. The airport is going to use natural light, wind and rain to slash its original energy consumption to half, it says.
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“It is hoped about 130 million kilowatt hours of electricity will be saved each year after the project is completed, putting the airport’s annual energy consumption at 150 yuan (US$20) per cubic meter.
The energy-saving project is estimated to cover its construction cost exceeding 100 million yuan within eight years, project designers said.
One of the most impressive aspects of the design is a massive skylight system featuring 138 skylights. The feature is not just an energy-saving measure but a way to showcase the airport’s striking architecture.
Designers are also planning to set up a series of ventilation holes on four sides of the terminal making use of the high wind pressure around the airport.
Designers said water from the 32-kilometer river around the airport would be treated and recycled for the terminal’s toilet flushing and car washing operations.”