VELUX China Headquarters

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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 €
  • Number of Work station : 54 Work station
  • 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


Contracting method

Macro packages

Type of market

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Energy consumption

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

    Heating: 8kWh/m²/y
    Cooling: 13kWh/m²/y
    Fans and pumps: 10kWh/m²/y
    Lighting: 10kWh/m²/y
    Office equipment: 14kWh/m²/y

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
  • 0,80
  •  none

More information

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.

Real final energy consumption

    55,00 kWhfe/m2.year

    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.

Urban environment

    Langfang Industrial Park

  • 1 500,00




    +45 45164000

    Second œuvre / Menuiseries extérieures

    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

Life Cycle Analysis

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.


    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.

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

Reasons for participating in the competition(s)

The project participates in the NZEB and Health and Comfort contests because:

- It yields very high energy efficiency, especially if we consider the double challenge of achieving Denmark 2020 energy performance threshold in China and in a climate zone where both winter (-10°C with siberian Wind) and summer (40°C humid) are hard.

- The building has achieved the expected energy performance in real life after a careful M&V period of two years

- The building achieves a good ratio of renewable energy rate with the contribution of Ground Source Heat Pump and Building Integrated Solar Thermal systems (although it was not designed to reach NZEB at this stage but there is a potential of coupling the project with cogeneration based on the wood waste from the window factory on site)

- The building design was focused around the objective of energy performance. Not only the envelope is very efficient but the HVAC systems are well combined, a proper mix between efficient technologies and innovation. We must mention that combining VAV dedicated outdoor air system, radiant slabs/ceilings based on extreme thermal mass effect and ground source heat pump was a challenge in China and a lot of effort has been put on the integration of systems and on quality insurance. Lastly the BMS has been carefully designed and defined to just meet the need (no extra/unnecessary functions, the priority has been given to the use)

- The building also aims at very good comfort level. The target comfort and indoor air quality level have been defined as per CEN recommendation report 1752:1999 Class B

- Fresh air rate has been increased by 30% compared to the above mentioned Baseline both in order to improve IAQ and to meet comfort zone. Indeed the project is so efficient that only preconditionned fresh air is required to meet comfort. This is also possible thanks to the principle of TABS (Thermally Active Building Slab) that make best use of thermal mass

- Comfort and Health is also ensured by an abundant daylight. One can say that Velux has designed the architecture of the project around daylight, that it is the DNA of the building. As a result indoor spaces are very pleasant. Daylight and views on outdoor space (large green spaces with "happy farm" concept are visible from one side of the building) are known to be important factors for workers well-being.

Building candidate in the category

Net zero energy buildings

Net zero energy buildings

Health & Comfort

Health & Comfort

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