Typical of the new type of mixed development which includes a hotel in China is the Parkview Green, a major development in Beijing. It aims to be the first building in China to achieve the Platinum certification by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System.
When Parkview Green opens in 2010 it aims to achieve a 40% decrease in energy use, saving 5,000 tons of carbon each year, using China’s current Green building code as the baseline comparison.
Parkview Green is a large, pyramidal envelope embracing over two million square feet of mixed-use space in four buildings in a glass and ETFE outer skin, the same material as the world-famous Olympic National Aquatic Center, better known as the "Water Cube". The complex includes offices, a hotel, a multi-storey mall and a bridged public route through the heart of the building.
The hotel development comes as an interesting time. Hotel News Now reported that in the Asia Pacific region, the latest figures from PATA show the number of international visitors grew by 0.7% year-over-year in September 2009.
However, growth in arrivals for the region is still down by 5% year-on-year for the first nine months of 2009.