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Green buildings sprouting in China cities

Workers maintain the planted rooftop of a building in Beijing. China's number of "green buildings" featuring environmentally friendly features has multiplied by more than 150 times since 2008. (LUO XIAOGUANG/Xinhua /Landov)

Policies designed to wean China from fossil fuels are finally paying off. Jean Chua reports for that China is emerging as a global leader on green buildings. These environmentally-friendly structures feature an array of energy-saving technologies. They include solar panels, efficient “smart appliances” and the latest innovations in insulation, the article says.

The Chinese government is making substantial investments in green buildings as it upgrades cities and constructs new ones, Chua notes. Professor Wang Youwei, chairman of the China Green Building Council, tells the publication that buildings account for up to 40 percent of the nation’s energy consumption.

The article highlights a new report, The New Era of Green Buildings in China, published by the global real estate consultancy CBRE, that documents the trend. It found that green building space in China grew 154-fold since 2008. China surpassed the U. S. in terms of “green gross floor area,” the article says.

Next month’s International Green Building Conference in Singapore will serve as a forum for discussion on these topics.  


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