A little while back, we looked at green building potential in Asia as a means of deciding our fate when it comes to global climate change. We’ve also talked about how often green building and excess can often be seen in the same space, and which pole is the most important to the developers. This story falls somewhere in between, possibly.
Take a read of this article about the largest solar-powered building in the world, located in Dezhou, Shangdong Province in northwest China. At 75 000 square feet, the building which is used for a scientific research facility, a conference centre, and a hotel, looks like an enormous sundial. Given that it is powered by an incredible array of solar panels, I suppose it is. And rather appropriately, it will be the site of the 4th World Solar City Congress which is scheduled for next year.
Looking at pictures of this building is really impressive, almost overwhelming. And my first thought, after those first impressions have passed, is how will this technology of scaled into city planning and development It’s a big part of the equation which to me is the most pertinent. Huge temples built to honour the gods of the latest, sexiest technology is one thing. But, if it scales enough to become the norm for everyone, that’s when things begin to change for the better.
And perhaps it does, when you consider that solar energy in this same area of China can be traced to individuals using solar energy to heat their homes, or more specifically their baths. Because China, and other surrounding nations, are on the rise as growing industrial powers, I find this embrace of sustainable technology to be very encouraging. And given that great economic blocks are coalescing around new technologies, and the jobs that go with them, the development of clean energy seems to be a potential growth area in determining what the rest of our century will look like, too.