On December 28, 2016, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) publicly announced through official channel that Jiaming Maple Park in Beijing, China achieved platinum (the highest) certification under the LEED-CS (LEED for Core & Shell) Rating System. Such exciting news means that Jiaming Maple Park has passed the final review of the international regulators of LEED projects since it was granted the LEED-CS platinum pre-certification in 2015. Jiaming Maple Park is the first project granted the LEED 2009 CS platinum certification in Beijing. It’s also another certification granted to the projects invested by Jiaming after Jiaming Center achieved the LEED-CS gold certification and LEED-EB platinum certification.
LEED certification was developed and promoted by USGBC in 1998, aims to effectively reduce negative influences on the environment and residents in the building design, and standardizes a complete and correct concept of green buildings. LEED certification includes an evaluation system that is seen as the most mature and influential one among standards on environment protection assessment of buildings, green building assessment and sustainability of buildings in the world. The evaluation system comprehensively inspects buildings from categories like sustainable site locations, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, resources and materials, and indoor air quality to determine their influences on the environment. Moreover, the system gives a grade based on indicators of those categories and then divides buildings that passed the assessment into four levels (platinum, gold, silver and certified) based on the points to reflect how green those buildings are.
Jiaming Maple Park was given an excellent score of 85 points in the LEED-CS review and achieved the platinum certification, the highest in the system. According to USGBC, “LEED certification identifies Jiaming Maple Park as a showcase example of sustainable design and demonstrates your leadership in transforming the building industry.” This conclusion applauds the building design and the quality of Jiaming Maple Park in the most convincing way. Jiaming Maple Park is an intelligent building featured by low carbon, energy saving, ecological design and environment protection. Its energy consumption was cut by 22% thanks to energy-saving technologies and equipment such as the science-based design of the whole building, high efficiency and energy saving concepts applied in the electromechanical system, integrated application of high-performance building enclosures in the project, VAV (variable air volume) system, chilled water storage and LED lighting. Meanwhile, the project excels at sustainable development and ensuring comfort for users. The landscape garden adopts local drought-resistant plants, drip irrigation technologies and other water saving measures to reduce water consumption by 78%. Natural resources like the land, rain water and sunshine are made the best use of through the rainwater storage system, recycling treatment technologies of waste water and the solar water heating system. In addition, French windows and short depth of building provide abundant natural lighting for large office areas, making the rate of natural lighting to 86.9%. Over 99% of users can enjoy the garden view at their seats. Furthermore, the park is equipped with an intelligent smog control system and landscape platforms to provide the best working environment for users.
By December 2016, a total of 931 projects in China have achieved the LEED certification, covering an area of 34.62 million square meters and ranking first among LEED overseas projects. But only 6% of the platinum certification was granted to projects in China. Two projects of Jiaming Group were awarded the highest level of certification of LEED, which demonstrated the enterprise tenet of “thoughtfully build enduring culture and value for cities” and the satisfactory implementation of international building standards in China. We believe that Jiaming will continue to lead China’s building industry to follow the green and ecological trend, gain a foothold in the internationally recognized certification system and contribute more to integrating the environment of buildings and humanity ideas in China.
1. Cover letter of Jiaming Maple Park LEED-CS platinum certification
2. The official website of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC): usgbc.org
3. The Green Building Evaluation System LEED Gets Started in China