The construction industry in China is known for building new structures quickly and cheaply. The construction boom has led to low-energy efficiency in many buildings, with poor quality construction materials and poor installation techniques. Many investors still have the mind-set that good quality, efficient buildings are not worth paying for. The Chinese construction sector contributes substantially to the country’s CO2 emissions. Construction itself as well as the daily use of buildings, i.e. heating and cooling within the residential sector, represent almost one third of China’s total energy consumption. Therefore, the building sector is an important link in the challenge of mitigating climate change in China.
The project aimed to improve energy efficiency in the Greater Shanghai region, by constructing more environmentally friendly buildings. It empowered the Chinese construction sector to incorporate energy efficiency measures in the design and construction of buildings. The project shared European experience in energy efficiency, building material standards and installation techniques. The project addressed these issues through:
- Providing training courses to Chinese construction SMEs and government officials;
- Promoting European building standards and best practice;
- Contributing to the development of an “enabling policy environment”.
The Way Forward
- Established a permanent “Sino-European Energy-Efficient Training and Research Centre” that replicates, extends and scales up the original pilot project;
- Expanded the range of services and target groups as well as the geographical outreach of the project;
- Promoted European building standards, certifications and best practices;
- Provided policy input at regional, national, supra-national levels.
Duration:2/2009 – 7/2013
Total Budget:EUR 2,979,198 (EU Contribution: 80%)
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