As a pioneer of green financing for small and medium banks across China, Maanshan Rural Commercial Bank (MRCB) decided to design and build its own green office. The bank is the first prefecture-level city farmer’s bank in China and it provides financial services to primarily rural farmers and small and medium enterprises. Its new office complex consists of a 37-floor main building and two podium buildings on either side. MCRB’s New Office Building will make a mark on the skyline of Maanshan, where the local government recently prioritized green buildings as critical for urban planning through 2020.
The office’s green design will ensure that the company saves on operational costs and uses fewer natural resources. An insulated roof, energy-efficient air conditioning and higher-thermal performance glass all conserve energy, while low-flow faucets and dual flush water closets save up to 46 percent in water use compared to a conventionally-designed office building. These green features will save the company up to $800 per month in utility bills.
MRCB has led the way in greening China’s building market and has implemented its own innovative solutions to improving China’s ability to build green. Its Green Bee Green Financial Information Platform, developed in partnership with IFC, provides an interactive source for industry think tanks, financial institutions and enterprises to obtain market information for green financing. The bank is committed to providing green financial products to its customers in the coming years. The MRCB New Office Building has achieved a preliminary EDGE certificate from thinkstep-SGS.