China shifts towards greener, healthier buildings

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Developers in mainland China are shifting towards green building to capture long term revenues and energy savings.

New buildings account for a third of the energy consumption on the mainland China and the greenhouse gas emissions are expected to peak by 2030. As the government is targeting to cut down carbon emission by 65 per cent by 2030, green construction seems like a good answer.

Today, only 1 per cent out of the total existing buildings on the mainland are actually green. However, the expansion pace is considered outstanding.

Demands for green building certification is very strong at the moment, according to Alessandro Bisagni, the founder of consultancy Bisagni Environmental Enterprises.

Number of certified green buildings under the Green Building Evaluation Standard has now exceeded exceeds 2,600, more than 85 per cent of which were completed after 2012.

Such rapid growth is mainly driven by policy, and the State Council last year announced its plan to achieve 50 per cent proportion of urban green buildings in new construction by 2020.

Responding to the plan, some local governments are even more keen than the central in enforcing the policy, e.g Jiangsu province, which outperforms all other provinces in the number of certified green building projects.

“Healthy” buildings design and operation trends underway

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“The shift now is towards healthy buildings,” according to Raefer Wallis, a Shanghai-based architect.The challenge it poses, however, is not only limited to the proper building design, but also the operation itself.

In attempt to tackle this, Green Building Evaluation Standard created two types of certifications: design and operation labels.

At the moment, only 6 per cent out of the total certified green building projects on the mainland have acquired operation certification labels.

However, field specialists remark that a more urgent issue lies on the building performance measurement. More data is required to be collected from building operations to minimize that information gap.

Source: SCMP

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