China’s unprecedented socio-economic growth drives expansion in the building sector, which has added about 2 billion m2 annually over the last decades. The building sector accounts for about 30% of the final energy consumption in China. The Chinese government has issued its first green building standard in 2006. By 2020, the Chinese government aims at 50% of new constructions. Only 10% of the construction projects currently reach that standard, out of which 90% are located in the developed eastern China. In western parts of China, new construction of green buildings is still in a pilot stage.
The project aims at scaling up sustainable building practices in less developed western China, reducing climate and resource impacts of the building sector, and contributing to sustainable socio-economic growth in China. It seeks to foster sustainable building practices among MSMEs in Chongqing City and Yunnan province with replication potential for the western China.
The Way Forward
- Providing capacity building and technical support for MSMEs in the building supply chain;
- Raising MSME users’ awareness about energy saving and enhancing facility managers’ capacity of energy management in large commercial buildings;
- Developing concrete solutions to facilitate the access to finance for MSMEs producing building materials/components and energy service MSMEs;
- Supporting the development of policy instruments fostering the uptake of sustainable building practices;
- Improving business network fostering sustainable buildings;
- Disseminating key lessons of sustainable building practices to the whole China and at the regional level in Asia.