Jim Scheidel, founder of the global the Themed Entertainment Sustainability Summit and chairman of Los Angeles-based Cuningham Group Architecture, says owners of theme parks in China are particularly interested in sustainable practices, given the poor air quality in parts of the country.
He cites as an example measures to be implemented in the 3.5 million sq ft Mystic Springs Resort in Zhuhai his company is designing. Sustainability goals for the park, which is at an early design stage, include:
Orienting the site to exploit sun patterns and prevailing winds, to maximise energy usage.
Using construction materials for the main buildings from local sources and suppliers.
Given Zhuhai’s humid climate, moisture from the air will be collected and used for toilets.
Fans to supplement air conditioning.
Light-coloured building materials will help reflect the sun.
Taps and toilet flushing systems will feature low-flow water. Reusing rain water is another goal.
In offices, skylights and tube lights will cut electricity use.