Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sun Dial Office Building

The world’s largest solar-powered building has been unveiled in China. The 75,000-square-meter office building design is based on a sun dial. It is located in Dezhou, in the Shangdong Province of northwest China.

Dubbed the Sun and the Moon Altar micro-row buildings, the architecture features the Chinese characters for sun and moon, while the white exterior symbolizes clean energy. The sustainable building provides space for exhibitions, scientific research, meeting facilities and a hotel.

In addition to a massive solar array, green ideas have been applied throughout the construction process. The external structure used only 1% steel for the Bird’s nest. The advanced insulation means energy use is 30% lower than a similar sized building. The 4th annual World Solar City Congress will be held here.

Via: ecofriend

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