China is famous for having the world’s largest consumer population and it has many supermarkets to cater to their needs. Parkview Green, a major player in this arena, has decided to place ecology on top of their business and have decided to open an eco-friendly supermarket in Beijing.
The supermarket is located on an area of 200,000 square meters and has been designed by architects Integrated Design Association and engineered by London-based firm, ARUP.
It has been built from four mixed-use towers that are covered in an outer skin. This is to provide an eco-friendly microclimate so as to make it one of the most energy-efficient constructions.
The Parkview Green has achieved the LEED Platinum Certification. The building can make use of the geothermal energy and hybrid ventilation so that it stays cool in summer and warm in winter.
Compared to the ordinary air-conditioned offices, it can save up to 60% energy during summer. And, during the winter season, the highly insulated collective façades lock in heat and save up to 80 per cent of energy.
It has irrigation water harvesting; it collects the water whenever it rains. The collected water is then recycled. Waste water from the sink and showers is also stored and used for flushing toilets.
So far, only six stores out of the eighty-eight retail spaces have opened for business. The retail outlets have been waiting for the real shopping rush in when the Chinese New Year dawns in early February 2013.