VELUX China Headquarters

New Construction

  • Building Type : Office building < 28m
  • Construction Year : 2012
  • Delivery year : 2013
  • Address 1 - street : 065001 LANGFANG, Other countries
  • Climate zone : [ET] Tundra - Polar tundra, no true summer.

  • Net Floor Area : 2 000 m2
  • Construction/refurbishment cost : 1 714 285 €
  • Cost/m2 : 857.14 €/m2

Proposed by :

  • Primary energy need :
    170 kWhpe/m2.year
    (Calculation method : Other )
Energy consumption
Economical buildingBuilding
< 50A
51 à 90B
91 à 150C
151 à 230D
231 à 330E
331 à 450F
> 450G
Energy-intensive building

VELUX Langfang Office is the headquarters of VELUX China. Located in the Hebei province, around 45 kilometers from Beijing, the building houses management, marketing and the technical department and sales division.

The two-storey building, with slopping walls and in the shape of a pyramid with cut-out top, is the workplace of 54 employees. They enjoy a range of facilities on the company site, which is shared with the nearby VELUX window factory.

The office was completed in June 2013. It has significantly lower energy consumption than standard Chinese office building.

The new Velux office in Langfang has been designed and built to meet several objectives:

·        A real estate objective:

-   Consolidate the operations on a single site (2 sites before)

-   Being a showcase of the Velux products

-   Show the commitment of the Danish company to sustainability and low carbon corporate policy.

·        An economical objective:

-  The operation must be neutral: the construction and operation costs are paid back by the saved rent

-   Controlled construction cost in order to replicate the model in the Chinese market.

·        An environmental objective:

-   Reach a target value of 40 KWh/m²/year (excluding office equipment), and 55 kWh/m²/year (including office equipment) of final energy consumption (2020 Danish thermal regulations)

-   Having a great indoor environmental quality: The VELUX Langfang Office aims to show that we can improve working conditions with minimum environmental impact

Data reliability



    Thermal consultancy agency


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    Energy modeling, building envelope optimization, design of HVAC systems and associated controls



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    Design of the facades and daylighting optimization

Contracting method

Macro packages

Owner approach of sustainability

The Velux group is deeply involved worldwide in sustainability. They are engaged with stakeholders in the building industry, initiating experiments, developping affordable and sustainable concepts, building demonstration offices and houses, developing products that are energy efficient and have a positive CO2 footprint, and being exemplary by significantly reducing their energy consumption and CO2 footprint.

Architectural description

VELUX Langfang Office was intended to be a showcase for optimal indoor climate, energy efficiency, daylight and natural ventilation. This objective required engineering ingenuity as well as architectural experience.
This building achieves the right balance between passive solar heating in winter, solar shading in the summer, daylight harvest and natural ventilation.
The trapezoid shape offers a more dynamic look than most offices towers, and it creates a better inflow of light through the roof windows.

Energy consumption

  • 170,00 kWhpe/m2.year
  • 370,00 kWhpe/m2.year
  • Other

  • 55,00 kWhfe/m2.year
  • Heating: 8kWh/m²/y
    Cooling: 13kWh/m²/y
    Fans and pumps: 10kWh/m²/y
    Lighting: 10kWh/m²/y
    Office equipment: 14kWh/m²/y

    The project is followed-up using the IPMVP protocol during two years.
    The real life energy consumption is 51 kWh/m²/y for the first year.

Envelope performance

  • 0,60 W.m-2.K-1
  • 200mm insulation in walls and roof
    250mm insulation below slab
    High performance windows from Velux, Uw = 1.2W/m²K

  • 0,25
  • I4

  • 0,80
  •  none

Real final energy consumption

    51,00 kWhfe/m2.year

    0,94 kWhfe/m2.year

    2 014


    • Geothermal heat pump
    • Low temperature floor heating
    • Radiant ceiling
    • VAV System
    • Solar Thermal
    • Water chiller
    • Geothermal heat pump
    • VAV Syst. (Variable Air Volume system)
    • Floor cooling
    • Radiant ceiling
    • Natural ventilation
    • Double flow heat exchanger
    • Solar Thermal
    • Heat pump (geothermal)
  • 6,00 %
  • The remarkable fact is that due to the thermal mass of the TABS and the optimization of all energy requirements, the preconditioned fresh air is sufficient to meet comfort requirements even during peak summer heat or peak winter cold.

    Solar passive heating is enhanced with the optimized glazed area. Not only the window to wall ratio is optimized but the window type is highly selective. Moreover the blinds design and control strategies have been thought to maximize solar gains in winter

Smart Building

    BMS allows energy performance monitoring and visualization, controls HVAC systems. Blinds have automatic controls.

GHG emissions

  • 10,20 KgCO2/m2/year
  • Active House Life Cycle Tool - Energy consumption calculated using EnergyPlus energy modeling tool

  • 463,00 KgCO2 /m2
  • 50,00 year(s)
  • 1 436,70 KgCO2 /m2

Life Cycle Analysis

    LCA has been conducted using Active House LCA tool


  • 3 265 357,00 kWhEP

Water management

  • 119,00 m3

Indoor Air quality

    IAQ has been central to the project from the start. In particular, above standard fresh air renewal rate have been planned. This was calibrated at 30% above European standard requirements. This has been both a requirement in terms of IAQ and a mean to achieve thermal comfort, only blowing fresh air in spaces (thanks to the TABS contribution to daily thermal load leveling). Moreover, it is possible to use operable Windows to increase fresh air everywhere in the building.

Health & Comfort

    Thermal comfort is very good, thanks to radiant system both in the floors and ceilings. Besides the temperature difference between slabs, room air is lower than usually (with radiant systems) for three reasons:
    - the slabs are "loaded" during the night, therefore during the day the surface temperature has already varied towards room temperature,
    - The water pipes are in the mid plan of the slab, meaning the actual slab surface temperature is quite different from that of the water,
    - and lastly the radiant system ensures to meet the "base load" whereas the fresh air system meets the daily variable loads meaning that the system is not sized with large temperature difference to meet high loads. Since fresh air only is used to bring additional comfort, users are not subject to heavy drought induced by large airflow rates.


    between 600ppm and 1200ppm

    22°C in winter and 24°C in summer

    21°C to 26°C

    Acoustic panels have been installed below ceilings. They are distributed in a way to allow the concrete to radiate the heat/cold from the TABS system while improving significantly the acoustic comfort.




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    Finishing work / Exterior joinery - Doors and Windows

    Very advanced insulation coefficient skylights Uw = 1.1W/m²K

    Velux has carried out the acceptance procedure internally

Construction and exploitation costs

  • 1 371 428,00
  • 103 857,00
  • 92 857
  • 1 714 285

Energy bill

  • 7 541,00

Urban environment

Langfang Industrial Park

Green space

1 500,00

Parking spaces

Parking facilities are in common use with the rest of the factory site.

Building Environmental Quality

  • indoor air quality and health
  • acoustics
  • comfort (visual, olfactive, thermal)
  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energies

Reasons for participating in the competition(s)

Building candidate in the category

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