The Chinese Building Industry is experiencing an unprecedented boom as China’s economy rapidly grows. This has direct consequences on China’s green house gas emission (GHG) levels resulting from the use of energy in buildings. GBPN works in partnership with the Energy Foundation China on a specific programme of research activities to help decision-makers craft building energy performance policy-packages that can improve the energy performance of new and existing buildings in China, and contain the growth of CO2 emissions from buildings.
The building sector’s growth evidently results from its demographic and evolutions. According to statistics, from 1996 to 2008 approximately 130 million rural residents left rural areas to settle down in cities, leading to a decline in the rural population from 850 million to 720 million. As much as the building sector will continue to boom, it is nearly inconceivable to measure its magnitude.
The GBPN Chinese programme aims at facilitating international exchange of knowledge and expertise on best-practice policies for low energy, carbon and energy efficient buildings in China. We provide a common platform to identify and translate Chinese best practices for global dissemination, facilitate Chinese and international knowledge exchange and capacity building. In partnership with the Energy Foundation China, we support Chinese institutions to identify and achieve the abatement potential of the Chinese building sector.
The GBPN has identified several priority initiatives:
- Improve building code enforcement
- Expand policies to accelerate existing building retrofit
- Demonstrate potential for low-energy buildings through validation of building energy performance
Recent Research includes:
- Investigating applicable international best practices for ESCO business models for building energy efficiency retrofitting
- A review of Building Energy Efficiency Policies in China made in collaboration with ACEEE and Chinese Experts.
- A Regional high-level briefing from the business community on opportunities and barriers to implementing energy efficiency policies at scale.
- [Tool] The GBPN Knowledge Platform now Available in Chinese
- [Report] China could cut carbon emissions significantly with incentives for energy efficient buildings
- [Tool] The Mandarin Version of the Glossary is Out
- [Report] ESCO models for the retrofit of existing buildings in China
- [Project] Moving Ahead in China
- [Tool] The Policy Tool for Renovation Now Available in Chinese
Related Report Bundles
- Building Energy Efficiency: Best Practice Policies and Policy Packages
- Building Energy Efficiency Policies in China - Status Report
- Achieving Scale in Energy-efficient Buildings in China: A View from the Construction and Real Estate Sectors
- ESCO models for the retrofit of existing buildings in China
Deep Renovation or Deep Energy Renovation is a term for a building renovation that captures the full economic energy efficiency potential of improvements. This typically includes a focus on the building shell of existing buildings in order to achieve very high-energy performance. The renovated building consumes 75% less primary energy compared to the status of the existing building before the renovation. The energy consumption after renovation for heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water and lighting, is less than 60 kWh/m2/yr. (Definition often used in Europe) [Source: GBPN, 2012]
The calculated or measured amount of energy needed to meet the energy demand associated with a typical use of the buildings, which includes inter alia, energy used for heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water and lighting (EU). [Source: EPBD recast, 2010/31/EU]
A natural or legal person that delivers energy services and/or other energy efficiency improvement measures in a user’s facility or premises, and accepts some degree of financial risk in so doing. The payment for the services delivered is based (either wholly or in part) on the achievement of energy efficiency improvements and on the meeting of the other agreed performance criteria. [Source: ESD, 2006/32/EC]
NZEB are buildings that over a year are neutral, meaning that they deliver as much energy to the supply grids as they use from the grids. Seen in these terms they do not need any fossil fuel for heating, cooling, lighting or other energy uses although they sometimes draw energy from the grid. [Source: IEA (Laustsen J.) (2008) Energy Efficiency Requirements in Building Codes, Energy Efficiency Policies for New Buildings.]