Low Energy Housing

Low Energy Housing in Sichuan and Shenzhen, China -Enable and enforce energy efficient building construction

Low Energy Housing

The increase in trade and wealth, production capacity of the Chinese industry and buying power of Chinese consumers has brought about a boom in the building sector with 2 billion m2 of floor space added annually. Subsequently, the building sector's share in primary energy consumption and resource intensity has grown significantly. This development has not gone unnoticed and translates into the serious risk of China locking itself in with a large energy-inefficient housing stock. This realization has brought low energy housing onto the national agenda and into the 12th Five Year Plan (FYP). This new awareness has created a profound interest of the Chinese central government and in particular the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) in bringing energy and resource efficient housing into the mainstream.

The overall objectives of the action are to increase the sustainable use of resources in the building sector, esp. energy efficiency and recycling of building material, while improving the quality of life in the target area and contributing to the mitigation of climate change. The project also aims at up-scaling pilot studies using innovative mechanism of public-private partnership between construction bureaus and developers through MoUs as well as incentives by financial institutes offering credits for sustainable building projects.

The specific objective of the action is to foster construction of energy efficient residential buildings in Shenzhen and Sichuan Province. This includes the energetic performance of the building envelope, the chosen technologies and the integration of renewable energies, especially solar energy.

Specific target areas are:

  • Sichuan Province (post earthquake areas),
  • Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province


Duration: 2/2012 - 1/2015

Total budget: EUR 1,488,255 (EU Contribution: 80%)


Malte Beckmann
Wuppertal Institut
Döppersberg 19
42103 Wuppertal
Phone: +49 (0)202 2492-266



Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
The Wuppertal Institute explores and develops models, strategies and instruments to support sustainable development. As lead applicant it is responsible for the project preparation and management.
Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (BUCEA) Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (BUCEA)
is a national and international leading university in the fields of civil engineering and building development. BUCEA will act as an overall coordinator for the Chinese partners.
Chongqing University (CQU) Chongqing University (CQU)
is a leading technical university in the west of China, and it has decades of experience in research and consultancy in the field of energy efficiency in building development. CQU has a leading role in providing technical supports for this project, especi
Sichuan Construction Technology Development Centre (SCTDC)
is the local expertise centre in building energy policies, innovation and enforcement. SCTDC will play the leading role in implementing the energy efficiency building development in this project in Sichuan and providing trainings for local building energy
Shenzhen Energy Efficiency Testing & Evaluation Centre (SEETEC) Shenzhen Energy Efficiency Testing & Evaluation Centre (SEETEC)
is the local expertise centre in building energy performance monitoring and inspection. SEETEC's role is in the implementation of energy building development in Shenzhen, in replicating outputs of this project to other Chinese cities and in providing poli
Low Energy Housing Low Energy Housing
The project impact sheet provides a brief information on the project's challenges, activities, scaling up strategies and results. The "Low Energy Housing" project has created several impacts, among others: - Achieved monetary saving of CNY 33.6 million (EUR 4.8 million) by reducing CO2 emissions, based on carbon market of China’s emissions trading system (ETS) - Achieved energy savings worth of CNY 1.5 billion (EUR 0.21 billion) - Increased the share of sustainable buildings in Sichuan from 4.2% in 2010 to 16.6% in 2014 and in Shenzhen from 22.3% in 2010 to 39.5 % in 2014. - Created new business opportunities with the number of contracts for SME suppliers supplying green building materials increased by 12.8%, as compared to baseline 2010.

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