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Completion Ceremony for Installation of an Energy-Efficient System at New Research Facility Held in Shanghai, China
date: 2017-07-21

Since China ranks first in global energy consumption, energy and environmental conservation are urgent priorities for China and it has announced that comprehensive improvement of ecosystem quality is a major goal in its 13th Five-Year Plan. At a time when high-rise buildings are being built mainly in major Chinese cities as a result of recent high economic growth, the proportion of tertiary versus primary industries is also increasing. Awareness of energy conservation is therefore increasing not only in the manufacturing sector, but also in the building sector.

Against such a backdrop, NEDO, Yasui Architects & Engineers, Inc., Pacific Consultants Co., Ltd., and Sanki Engineering Co., Ltd. introduced a building energy management system (BEMS), which can comprehensively monitor and control energy-efficient equipment with energy-saving technologies to optimize energy consumption, at the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research Facility (total floor area: 16,000 m2). Construction of this building was recently completed in Pudong New Area, Shanghai by the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI), which was jointly established by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China's largest national research organization, and the Shanghai Municipal Government, for a project to demonstrate an energy efficient building. Prior to the start of the project's demonstration phase, a ceremony to commemorate the installation of the energy-efficient system was held by SARI and NEDO on July 20, 2017.

As the building has energy requirements unique to research facilities, such as 24-hour continuous operation and a constant fresh air system for cooling rooms housing animals, its primary energy consumption* per unit area is higher than that for a typical office building. For the project, Japan's energy-saving technology has been introduced from the building design phase, with the aim of reducing energy use by about 40% for air conditioning and lighting compared to conventional systems. The project also aims to demonstrate a level of energy saving nearly equal to that achievable for a general office building while meeting the special operational requirements for an advanced research facility.