Nan Zhou, Staff Scientist and Deputy Group Leader at the China Energy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory signed MOU with Youwei Wang, Chairman of the China Green Building Council at the 9th China Green Building Council Committee Meeting as a part of the Annual China Green Building Conference on March 30, 2016 in Beijing, China.
Green buildings development is very important to achieving China’s carbon emission peak goal. China’s Intended National Determined Contributions (INDC) explicitly set a goal of promoting the share of green buildings in newly built buildings of cities and towns to 50% by 2020 in China. In China, green buildings accounts for about 15% of urban new built in 2015. Based on a previous China Energy Group study, green buildings are the second most impactful building energy policy after building codes.
China Green Building Council is a non-profit organization under the China Urban Study Association, affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Development (MoHURD) to promote sustainability in green building and neighborhood design, retrofit, operation, and maintenance. China GBC also develops and maintains the Chinese Green Building Label (also called “three-star”). By the end of 2014, a total of 2538 buildings were certified as green buildings, 518 of which are three stars (See Figure 1). Mr. Qiu Baoxing, the comer Vice Minister of Chinese MoHURD, is a counselor at the China’s State Council and the Director of Chinese Society for Urban Studies.
Figure 1. Number of Green Buildings in China
With this signed MOU between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and China Green Building Council, the two organizations will collaborate in the areas of green buildings, eco-district, carbon emission in green building and eco-district, and industrialization of construction. The collaboration will help China accelerate the adoption of green buildings and help meet China’s INDC commitment and possibly go beyond.