Haworth’s showroom in Beijing’s Parkview Green building has been recognized as the world’s first certified LEED project under the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) new LEED version 4 beta program, the furniture and office space manufacturer says.
The USGBC awarded LEED Gold status after the project earned 71 out of the possible 110 points.
Parkview Green (pictured) is located in the Chaoyang District of Beijing and provides tenants with access to quality transportation and bicycle facilities. The LEED Platinum (version 3) building is also home to a boutique hotel, commercial offices and premium retail.
Inside Parkview Green, Haworth has created the Club, a workspace concept that offers co-working and lounge spaces that can be used by the building’s tenants, hotel guests and members in the community. Everything from partition walls, meeting rooms, huddle spaces and private focus areas can be rearranged to meet the day-to-day needs of its users.
Steve Kooy, Haworth’s global sustainability manager, says this workspace flexibility saves money and time, and reduces waste.
Throughout the construction process, approximately 60 percent of nonstructural interior elements were reused, the company says. Additionally, 93 percent (by value) of the furniture in the space is either Greenguard certified or has been transferred from an existing showroom.
Fresh air within the Beijing showroom exceeds the required indoor environmental quality by 35 percent. All interior paints and coatings meet the applicable VOC limits of the California Air Resources Board (CARB 2007) and all adhesives and sealants applied onsite meet the applicable chemical content requirements.
The showroom also contains variable air volume (VAV) air diffusers under the floors while cold radiation ceilings provide separate individualized controllability for each solar exposure and interior space, which ensures individual occupant comfort and reduces overall energy use.
Through the optimization of the HVAC system as well as efficient LED lighting design, fixtures and controls supplied by Philips, one of Haworth’s partners in the region, the project reduced energy consumption by 59 percent (compared to ASHRAE energy requirements).
The showroom also uses a greywater recycling system and efficient fixtures to reduce up to 53 percent of water usage when compared to the baseline calculation.