ABB curbs energy costs with intelligent control system for sustainable Shanghai bank

ABB curbs energy costs with intelligent control system for sustainable Shanghai bank

ABB has supported the construction of the New Development Bank (NDB) Headquarters in Shanghai by installing an intelligent and integrated building controls system to manage indoor lighting, electric curtains and windows that involve more than 8,000 control circuits. Energy savings of more than 15% compared to conventional systems can be expected.

Covering an area of 126,000 m2 and constructed by Shanghai Municipal People’s Government the modern and intelligent NDB Headquarters will be completed in 2021. The building design is expected to become a landmark development in the Shanghai World Expo Park as it brings together environmentally friendly, human- and function-oriented spaces while satisfying design needs to reduce the building’s impact on the environment.

ABB China’s Electrification Business Area lead business manager, James Zhao, said: “ABB plays an active role in building a low-carbon society and supporting China to realize the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2060 through safe, smart and sustainable solutions. In the intelligent building field, we deploy leading technologies to integrate various building control systems and provide integrated building control, energy efficiency management and data analysis service, helping Chinese customers significantly improve efficiency of energy applications and reduce environmental impacts, and thus writing a sustainable future.”

Urbanization is driving unprecedented growth for the global building industry with expected market value to reach an estimated $10.5 trillion by 2023[1] As buildings account for nearly 40% of total global CO2 emissions related to energy and processes, such unprecedented building growth poses daunting challenges to the efforts of combating climate change. [1] Growth Opportunities in the Global Construction Industry (


With leading electrification and digital solutions, ABB is enabling intelligent buildings to improve operation, maintenance efficiency and sustainable development. Automated and time-controlled processes of heating, ventilation and shading can be optimally adapted to individual requirements.

At the heart of the NDB Headquarters is the ABB i-bus® KNX intelligent building control system. The intelligent lighting control system involves a total of over 1,200 light switch control circuits, more than 3,200 light diming control circuits, over 1,800 electric window control circuits, and more than 2,600 electric curtain control circuits.

In this project, ABB’s building control system connected to the intelligent management platform for the NDB Headquarters and the cloud service center of Shanghai World Expo Park. In this way, data can be fed back to the management platforms in real time for integrated statistics and analysis of energy consumption, allowing facilities managers to make informed decisions on where and how lighting and energy can be controlled to meet occupancy demand.

ABB i-bus® KNX intelligent building control system offers the next level in building automation and can manage various applications including lighting, heating, ventilation, security and energy management. Automated and time-controlled processes of heating, ventilation and shading, as well as other applications, are optimally adapted to individual requirements. All components are compatible with each other for more sustainability, lower costs and first-class comfort.  

The New Development Bank (NDB) is an intergovernmental and international bank founded by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) with the objective of supporting developing economies in sustainable development and infrastructure projects.  

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.   

ABB’s Electrification Business Area is a global leader in electrical products and solutions, operating in more than 100 countries, with over 200 manufacturing sites. Our 50,000+ employees are dedicated to transforming how people live, connect and work by delivering safe, smart and sustainable electrification solutions. We are shaping the future trends of electrification, differentiating through technological and digital innovation while delivering an outstanding experience through operational excellence for our customers across utilities, industry, buildings, infrastructure and mobility. For more information visit


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