Green designs breathe new life to Lukou airport
2018-06-08 16:49:00

With the rises and falls of its 448 pneumatic-lift windows, the giant Terminal 2 building in Nanjing Lukou International Airport now can “breathe” freely, bringing the cool breeze of early summer to the passengers inside while realizing air ventilation and temperature adjustment at the same time.

As the largest single architecture in Jiangsu Province, T2 occupies an area of 260,000 square meters and runs strictly according to the National Green Building Standards, ensuring good travel experience for passengers, energy conservation and environment protection.

A green building is an architecture that seeks to minimize energy consumption and environment pollution in its design and construction by taking surrounding environment into consideration and using natural energies such as solar and wind. As early as 2014, Lukou airport was granted a Three-star Green Building Design Label Certificate by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-rural Development. In 2017, the Terminal 2 building and parking structure passed the national assessment and became China’s first airport with a Three-star Green Operation Label.

In accordance with the three-star green operation standards, Lukou airport has been innovating its water and electricity conserving facilities step by step. Measures such as zoning, timing and installing sensor switches have been adopted to lighting systems in passages, stairwells, lobbies, hallways, large open spaces and underground garage.

Another surprising fact for the passengers may be that half of the water used to flush toilets inside T2 comes from the rain. Boasting the largest rainwater collection system among China’s airports, the building purifies rainwater through a series of processes and uses it to flush toilets, saving up to 40 tons of tap water per day.

The scorching sun in summer is the best green energy source for the solar system of the parking building. The structure’s roof is covered with 102 sets of vacuum heat-pipe collector, which can turn solar energy into heat energy with the highest efficiency and supply 40 tons of hot water to the airport’s public baths.

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