Official launching of BRE China

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BRE (Building Research Establishment) UK has expanded their operations to China. The official launching of BRE China was held at a ceremony in the city of Shenzhen, which was hosted by Sir Michael Bear, Special Envoy for Sustainable Urbanisation to China, and other key figureheads attending the event.

This new China venture is a natural progression for BRE  to create an Innovation Park in Gu’ian, develop a sustainable project in Shanghai related to the international shipping centre marina, and a collaborative research partnership with China’s top university Tsinghua and developer Evergrande.

BREEAM, BRE’s flagship rating system on sustainable building standards, has also been applied to several key developments across the country. According to Sir Michael, the opening of CRE China represents a very important development in bi-lateral trade relationships between UK and China.

BRE China will be located in the headquarters of the Shenzen municipal government, based in the new Qianhai District of Shenzhen City. Aiming to make Shenzhen the most sustainable Tier 1 city, BRE has worked with the city’s most prominent leaders to help them in achieving their goals.

Aligned with China’s 13th Five Year Plan in developing green, low carbon buildings and infrastructure, BRE China plans to uphold the government policy through a range of collaborative initiatives and development programmes on research, training and standards, as noted by President of BRE China Jaya Skandamoorthy.

Chief Operating Officer of BRE and Chairman of BRE China, Niall Trafford, also gave his remarks during the launch. He spoke on Chinese Premier Li-Keqiang’s visit to BRE’s Innovation Park in 2011, where he had asked CRE to collaborate more with Chinese partners – giving way to the inception of BRE China. Niall also highlighted that the company will be looking forward in developing new Chinese partnerships in making significant changes to achieve their mission.

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