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China's innovative Olympics venues

Yesterday, we wrote a post about how China is trying to regain the innovative reputation they had for centuries. One of the ways their doing this is buy using innovative, sustainable venues to host the games of the summer Olympics. The venues were detailed here in the China View. The National Stadium is built out of steel, which is formed into a lattice. This structure helps the venue with water conservation, pooling the rain water into a nearby pond. The rain water will provide 23% of the water used on the grounds, and the rest will come from industrial waste water and urban sewage. The recycled water will be used for watering the plants and washing the race track. The National Aquatics Center was also built in order to collect rainwater. The 'Water Cube' will have devices to collect the wasted water from baths and the swimming pool to wash the grounds, flush the toilets and provide water for the cooling tower. The National Stadium will have solar panels on the roof and the southern side, which will in turn provide power for the underground parking garage. After the Olympics are finished, the energy from the solar panels will then be added into the power grid and give power to the homes of Beijing. At the Beijing Science and Technology Gym, where the judo and taekwondo will take place, conductors will filter 80% of the sunlight into the gym, filling the building with mostly natural light.

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