CHINA: China’s tallest building, the Shanghai Tower, employs Johnson Controls York chillers and BMS to help it achieve LEED Gold and Three-Star Green Building Design Label performance.

After eight years of construction and opening in phases last year, the 632m-high Tower features 43 sustainable technologies. These include 12 York chillers, a geothermal heat pump, Metasys building management system (BMS) and a Johnson Controls central performance management system (CPMS) in the building’s central heating and cooling plant.

The customised CPMS controls the tower’s cooling and heating system, which accounts for 30% of the energy consumed by the building. The system performs real-time complex calculations to optimise energy use based on the current workload and operating conditions.

The building relies on nine YK water-cooled centrifugal chillers, three YK dual-operation water-cooled centrifugal chillers and one YEWS screw geothermal heat pump to provide heating and cooling throughout the 381m² skyscraper.

“We are happy to bring a wealth of experience to the Shanghai Tower project, where we have successfully combined our proven strengths in CPMS, BMS and HVAC building solutions,”

“Johnson Controls has a long history of providing energy-saving solutions to many of the world’s landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Japan’s Abeno Harukas skyscraper and the world’s tallest building, Khalifa Tower in Dubai,” said Elvis Chan, Johnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions China vice president and general manager.

With community spaces, sky gardens, retail shops, restaurants, hotels and urban amenities stacked vertically, Shanghai Tower creates an innovative and comfortable experience for living and working in the skyscraper. In addition to its eye-catching architectural design, the building’s tapered, spiral form minimises wind loads by as much as 24% to help the building withstand the typhoon-force winds common in Shanghai.