Beijing Daxing International Airport Economic Zone gains world's first LEED certification for cities

Updated: 2019-09-29


Wang Youguo,  Head of Daxing District Government, and Director of Daxing District Airport Office, delivers a speech at the ceremony. [Photo by Wang Sujuan]

Beijing's new Daxing International Airport, a marvel of logistical planning, architecture and economic integration, opened to traffic on September 25.

A Beijing Daxing International Airport Economic Zone (Beijing section) LEED for Cities Platinum Certification ceremony was held on September 28 in Daxing, southern area in Beijing.

Beijing Daxing International Airport has embraced multiple new technologies to make it smarter and more efficient.

The airport economic zone became the first project in China to gain platinum level certification under the LEED pilot rating system, an internationally recognized standard of energy efficiency. It's also the first such project in the world to gain LEED certification for cities in the planning and design rating system, according to the United States Green Buildings Council.

Under the leadership of the Beijing Municipal Government and Daxing District Government, Beijing New Aerotropolis Holdings Co., Ltd. located 46 km south of Tiananmen Square, set up a technical research team in March 2017 and launched research on obtaining LEED for Cities certification.

Based on evaluation criteria, the company continuously gives feedback to standard compilers, which has made positive contributions to the establishment and improvement of evaluation criteria of LEED for Cities in planning.


Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC, issues the certificate for the project. [Photo by Wang Sujuan]

Beijing New Aerotropolis Holdings Co., Ltd signed a strategic agreement with USGBC at the ceremony.

The company has carried out the urban planning research work of the Beijing Daxing International Airport Economic Zone which will focus on creating intelligent, diverse and open workspaces to facilitate residents' social activities and trans-boundary innovation.

The Airport Economic Zone will build a smart city operation center by laying out network and communications infrastructure, which will satisfy preconditions for industrial intelligence.

The company has constructed 49 indicators and built a set of examination systems for regional development of the Airport Economic Zone (Beijing part), based on the four dimensions of industry and technology, resources and environment, information and transportation and society and humanities.

In the future, the examination system is expected to become a digital airborne foundation for an intelligent platform.