The U.S.-China Green Building Center Launch Ceremony was held at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) on August 11th at the Berkeley Lab. The Center was jointly established by LBNL and the China Green Building Council (China GBC) to promote widespread adoption of green buildings in both the United States and China through collaboration and exchange on research, practices, technologies, policies, and knowledge on sustainable design, construction and operation. The Office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown, California Energy Commission, and Dow Chemical, participated in this event.
Dr. WANG Youwei, the Chairman of China GBC, led a four-person delegation from China GBC to Berkeley Lab for the launch ceremony. The delegation included: Wang Jie, CEO, Nanjing-Yangzi River Building Design and Research Institute; Dr. GE Jian, Professor, Zhejiang University; and TIAN Wei, Director, Green Building Department, Shanghai Modern Architecture Design and Research Institute.
Berkeley Lab’s Director, Mike Witherell; Deputy Director for Research, Horst Simon; Director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, Mary Ann Piette; Head of International Energy Analysis Department, Nan Zhou; Senior Staff Scientist, Mark Levine; Principal Scientific Engineering Associate, Wei Feng; Program Manager, Carolyn Szum, and Senior Research Associate, Jing Ge also participated the launch ceremony.
The launch ceremony opened with remarks from Michael Witherell, the LBNL Director, and Dr. WANG Youwei, who expressed their deep commitment to collaboration to advance green building technologies and policies in both countries. Presentations were then delivered by Dr. WANG Youwei, who introduced the China GBC to U.S. participants; Professor GE Jian, who provided an overview of the Assessment Standard for Green Eco-Districts of China; and Mary Ann Piette, who discussed green building research and innovation at LBNL. Other U.S. participants actively engaged in the discussion on potential collaboration opportunities through the center.
Green buildings play critical roles in for global carbon emission mitigation. In the U.S., buildings account for 39% of total CO2 emission and 70% of the electricity load. China now account for more than 18% of total global direct and indirect CO2 emissions from buildings. Under the Energy Policy Act and the Energy Independence and Security Act, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has finalized multiple measures addressing buildings sector emissions, including energy conservation standards for 29 categories of appliances and equipment, as well as a building code determination for commercial buildings. In China’s Thirteenth Five Year Plan, China has set up an ambitious plan that, by the year of 2020, urban green buildings should account for 50% of total new construction area, and new buildings’ energy efficiency levels should improve 20% based on 2015 level. The launch of the U.S.-China Green Building Center is an important milestone for U.S.-China green building collaboration, and offers a platform to accelerate development of green buildings; drive CO2 mitigation; and enhance expert and technology exchange for both U.S. and China.