China: ‘green’ agreement by Tongji research center and TUV SUD

China’s goal of constructing more environmentally friendly buildings has created a huge market for “green” building contractors, a trend leading testing, inspection and certification company TUV SUD looks to benefit from.

The latest development is an agreement between TUV SUD and the Sino-European Energy Building Training Research Center at Tongji University signed on Dec 11 at a green commercial property and hotel summit in Shanghai.

The deal calls for improving energy efficiency and developing talent in China’s construction sector by combining Tongji’s scientific research and TUV SUD’s market experience.

“We are delighted to cooperate with Tongji University in the promotion of energy conservation and emission reduction in buildings in China,” said Wolfgang Huebl, senior vice-president of Product Service Division at TUV SUD Greater China.

Huebl said the company aims to help building owners reduce the total cost of ownership while meeting the Chinese government’s energy-saving standards.

“We are looking forward to sharing our experience with Chinese real estate investors and hotel owners at the forum,” Huebl added.

Market potential

Experts said China’s green building development will accelerate during the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-15), which includes renovation of 400 million square meters of existing buildings to meet higher energy saving standards, the Chinese Securities Journal reported.

Energy waste from buildings accounts for up to 30 percent of China’s energy consumption, according to 2012 data from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

By the end of 2011, about 23 percent of the total square footage in urban areas was in energy efficient buildings.

But the figure should be at least more than 65 percent by 2015, with up to 95 percent of new buildings reaching energy efficient standards, the ministry said.

The State Council released the 12th Five-Year plan on energy conservation and emission reduction in August. It calls for the area in green buildings to surpass 1 billion sq m and for an improvement in implementation of higher standards by building owners.

According to the MOU, Tongji University and TUV SUD will cooperate in such areas as green building consultancy and laboratories as well as promote development of construction professionals and the university’s students.

“With the rapid development of China’s economy and the increase in energy consumption, sustainability is key to China’s future development,” said Yang Zhenghong, head of the research center at Tongji.

“As an international center for promoting green building and energy-saving technologies, the research center will continue to cooperate with world-leading companies such as TUV SUD to drive sustainable development in domestic construction,” Yang said.

Commitment to China

Information from TUV SUD said the company “is committed to globally supporting companies with a holistic service portfolio in support of their sustainability objectives and has extensive experience in China’s green building industry”.

Among the buildings its experts have inspected is Embassy of Portugal, which became the first embassy building with zero carbon emissions in China. TUV SUD also conducted energy audits on the government office building in Shanghai’s Zhabei district.

Founded 150 years ago and headquartered in Munich, TUV SUD had 1.7 billion euros ($2.2 billion) in revenue last year. The company has more than 800 offices and 17,000 employees worldwide.

In China, it has provided services to more than 20,000 customers over the last 20 years. Its energy efficiency portfolio includes energy auditing, LEED facilitation and carbon emission reduction.

The Sino-European Energy Building Training Research Center was founded last year by Tongji University, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China and the Swedish Environmental Research Institute Ltd.

It focuses on sustainable development in the construction industry during China’s urbanization and serves smaller enterprises. It is located in the Eco-park at Tongji University’s Jiading Campus.

 

Source: China Daily

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