China: Three companies, three tales of leadership
With each visit I make to China I continue to stand in awe of the presence of LEED and the leaders behind it.
After my second trip to China this year, I can assure you that LEED is alive and well. This is because true market leaders have continued to raise the bar when it comes to quality, sustainable buildings.
To me, these are the foundational elements not only for great, high-performing buildings but also for great, high-performing companies such as BlueScope Buildings, Tishman Speyer and Greentown China. All of which I had the pleasure of meeting and presenting with plaques for their latest LEED-certified projects.
By using LEED, these companies demonstrate clear commitments to their customers by increasing the value of their assets, and giving them an important market differentiator that is becoming not just a nice to have, but a need to have, in today’s competitive real estate environment.
Here’s a snapshot of BlueScope Buildings, Tishman Speyer, and Greentown China, and my toast to their ongoing leadership.
- Through its global brands, BlueScope Buildings is the largest manufacturer of engineered building solutions in the world with 18 manufacturing facilities worldwide.
- It’s a unit of BlueScope Steel Ltd., an international steel solutions company with a manufacturing and marketing footprint that spans Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North America.
- The company operates in 17 countries and has more than 17,000 employees worldwide.
Local Picture: BlueScope Building System Xi’an Factory
- This is the first LEED Platinum facility in Northwest China and the 10th LEED NC Platinum facility in China.
- The building is a showcase for a new generation of sustainable industrial steel structures, and it also includes recycled materials, rainwater harvesting, a vegetated roof, natural light and natural ventilation.
- The facility is the strategic design, manufacturing, and selling center for Northwest and Midwest China.
- Location: Xi’an Hi-Tech Zone
- Certifications: LEED NC Platinum and China Three Star
- Total capital expenditure: 405 million Yuan
- Total land area: 126,667 square meters.
- LEED consultant: Atkins
- For thirty years, Tishman Speyer has been committed to developing, redeveloping and operating their buildings with a higher level of efficiency.
- Tishman has a long history as a leader at USGBC and is one of the key global leaders in the green building movement, advocating for LEED and for green development worldwide.
- In 2013 Tishman had 57 total assets with around 4 million square meters of LEED-certified projects. In the coming years, Tishman plans to have 24 more assets LEED-certified, totaling over 1.5 million square meters of certified space.
Local Story: The Spring Center
- The Center includes Nike’s Greater China Headquarters, a company whose very name means performance. Nike is occupying two of the buildings. (Nike’s Li Na Building and Nike’s Liu Xiang Center).
- The Center is considered the anchor landmark of Shanghai’s new Uptown, New Jiangwan Town.
- Certification: LEED Gold for all three buildings
- Size: 900,000 square meters of mixed-use development
- LEED consultant: Atkins
Greentown China Holdings Ltd.
- Greentown China Holdings Ltd. is headquartered in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.
- Founded in 1995, Greentown focuses on the development of sustainable properties, chiefly housing.
- Leading, privately held residential property developers in China and the largest property developer in Zhejiang Province with operations in Shanghai, Beijing, Changsha and other select cities.
- From 2005-2013, it ranked as one of the top 10 property enterprises in China.
Local Story: Greentown Chang Feng
- Greentown Chang Feng is a four building campus project.
- Certification: LEED Gold
At USGBC we’re working hard to make sure that our LEED users have all the tools they need to partner with us in our goal to transform the market. Most importantly, we want to encourage their leadership.
I want to personally thank BlueScope, Tishman, and Greentown, for their ongoing commitments, dedication to LEED and, of course, their leadership.