Sustainable Building

China is facing an unprecedented urban development and it is at present undertaking sustainable building initiatives. Nearly half of the world’s new building construction will be in China by 2015. Energy consumption by buildings in China grew from 10% of the national total in 1970s to 20% in 2006 and is estimated to shoot up to 35% by 2020, according to a study by the Asia Business Council.

Improving energy efficiency of buildings is crucial for China to realise its national energy strategy. Recognising the importance of ‘green buildings’, the government has set ambitious energy targets for the building sector. The key target is to cut building energy use in all cities by 50% by 2010 and 65% by 2020, using the average energy efficiency of Chinese buildings in 1980 as the base point.