Spotlight on China’s green building surge

Energy use in China's buildings(source: ACEEE)

Energy use in China’s buildings(source: ACEEE)

A new report released by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) and the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) outlines best practices seen in Chinese building energy efficiency, highlighting the progress made in China and challenges ahead for a sustainable future in construction.

According to the Building Energy Efficiency Policies in China, many of China’s successes in this field are unknown outside China since they are published only in Chinese. This report aims to bring some of the positive news out into the international community.

Kevin Mo, CSEP’s China Buildings Program Director, says China has long been hiding its light under a bushel. “Over the years, due to the language barrier, there is huge imbalance between China’s volume of construction and its voice in the international dialogue on building energy policies”, said Mo. But China has made great strides in implementing policy and improving energy efficiency in its building stock, says the report. In policy alone, the Chinese government has implemented 44 new policies regarding energy efficiency in buildings since 1986.

“There is a strong and consistent regulatory support from the central government in China to establish relatively comprehensive policy packages for new buildings,” said Shui Bin, report co-author and ACEEE Senior Researcher.

Buildings account for nearly one fifth of China’s total primary energy consumption and carbon emissions. In 2008, the primary energy consumption of buildings in China was nearly 380 million tons of oil equivalent (excluding biomass energy). Furthermore, it is estimated China will add a further 10 to 15 billion square meters of residential buildings in urban areas, with an additional 10 billion square meters of public buildings to be built between 2010 and 2020, highlighting the global importance of green buildings in China.

The report is available free of charge at http://aceee.org/research-report/e129 (registration is required).

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