Chinese tycoon builds eco-friendly skyscraper in a fortnight


The Chinese tycoon behind a 30-storey energy-saving building that went up in just 15 days said Wednesday he intends to duplicate the model across the vast and heavily polluted nation. The prefabricated building, the five-star T30 Hotel at Dongting Lake, Hunan province, that opens on January 18, became an Internet sensation after time-lapse video posted online showed it being constructed by 200 builders in just 360 hours.
Zhang Yue, the billionaire chief executive of the Broad Group air conditioning company, said the speed with which his buildings go up reduces waste of materials and energy. He said the buildings, which feature quadruple-glazed windows and only use energy-saving lighting, would become his biggest business in 2013.
“China is 20-40 times more polluted than Europe and that’s hurting our health and will offset the economic benefits of our growth,” added Zhang, who won a UN Environment Programme “Champions of the Earth” award last year. China’s cities are among the world’s most polluted, after three decades of rapid urbanisation.