As part of our multi-year transformational office upgrades across China, we work closely with our leased office landlords and our design consultants to integrate sustainability principles and considerations into our office spaces. We prioritise buildings which are certified to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard – an internationally recognised rating system for green buildings. Today, over 70% of our leased floor space is now LEED certified and/or located within LEED certified buildings.
Our new and refurbished premises in Beijing and Shanghai are equipped with upgraded digital solutions and dynamic multi-purpose spaces, to facilitate flexible working and enhanced efficiency of floor space to eliminate excessive energy consumption. We also ensure our new office spaces are designed to maximise the use of daylight, and adopt energy-saving equipment such as LED lights and more efficient multi-function devices.
Shanghai New Bund Center PwC office
New Bund Center is an innovative new precinct located in Shanghai's Pudong area, developed for a diverse range of uses that promote walkability, transportation efficiency and reduced traffic, at the intersection of three of Shanghai's mass rapid transit subway lines. Along with innovative smart office technology solutions, the new PwC office includes the following sustainability features:
- Water efficiency fixtures that contribute to reducing water use by 45% compared with the LEED benchmark, which for PwC means saving nearly 9,000 cubic metres of water per year.
- Installation of high efficiency LED lighting, and optimised lighting design that reduces power consumption for lighting by a further 25% (compared to ASHRAE 90.1).
- Smart lighting systems, including daylight sensors along the perimeters and occupancy sensors covering 90% of all office lighting fixtures.
- Electricity sub-metering tracks system level energy use to assist identifying potential further energy saving opportunities.
- Reducing life-cycle waste from decommissioning the existing office and fitting out the new office, for example reusing some office furniture, reusing more than 11,000 square metres of metal ceiling plates, and recycling furniture, carpets and some fit-out materials.