Its green technologies and its world-class design, combined with state-of-the-art infrastructure make the 33-storey "Zuellig" office and retail complex the premier business address in the Philippine capital Manila. Lighting solutions were provided by Zumtobel, a brand of the Zumtobel Group.
An all-glass multipurpose exterior envelope assures the maintenance of a comfortable interior environment. The large double-paned glass panels with low emissivity (low-E) coating minimise solar heat gain and energy loss while maximizing the penetration of light. Zumtobel used Panos, FZ and Sconfine luminaires for this project. Inspired by bamboo and flowing water, the distinctive all-glass facade lends reference to vernacular and organic motifs and serves to supplement the shading capabilities of the building envelope.
In June 2009, the USGBC awarded the Zuellig Building with pre-certification at Gold level under the LEED-CS (Core and Shell) programme. The developer aspires to upgrade this certification to Platinum level by 2013.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) was initiated in America by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in the year 2000 and has since become the globally recognized standard for green building certification.The LEED point system measures the design and construction of the building in five key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Buildings can qualify for four levels of LEED certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.