Is China ready for Plus Energy Building?

Mar 25, 2019

A workshop on Plus Energy Building was held in Beijing on March 21, 2019. It was jointly organized by the GIZ and the Department of Standard and Norms of the MoHURD.

Plus Energy Building/District is one of the future key topics of SGUP. Plus Energy Building refers to buildings that produce more energy than they consume. The surplus can be used to provide energy for other neighboring buildings, electronic vehicles, or surplus electricity for the public grid. In recent years, the construction industry has produced a very high share of carbon dioxide emissions, waste production, and resource consumption. As people pay stronger attention to sustainable development, the demand for energy conservation and emission reduction is increasing.

Currently, there is no specific comprehensive energy efficiency law for buildings in China. The regulations related to energy efficiency are distributed in different codes. Compared with China, Germany has strong energy efficiency regulations for its buildings. For China, it is recommended to strengthen the legislative work to improve the legal regulations of energy efficiency in its building sector.

China’s incentive policy on Building Energy Efficiency is similar to that of Germany, mainly in the form of project subsidies or rewards. It is recommended to develop long-term incentive policies, such as green finance and sustainable certification.

In terms of technology, some active technologies such as solar energy, photovoltaic, ventilation heat recovery, ice thermal storage and heat pump, which are often used in plus energy buildings in Germany, can be used in China. Some passive technologies such as wind tower and buffer water tank are also applicable in China.

It is recommended to clarify the definition of Plus Energy Building and to introduce key indicators such as energy consumption, evaluation criteria for plus energy buildings. In addition, there is the need to strengthen the application and promotion of related technologies in different climate zones.

The Deputy Director General of MoHURD Mr. Guo Liqiao, the Division Chief Mrs. Zhao Wenhua, the Project Director of SGUP Mr. Peter Sailer and the Chief Engineer from Beijing Uni Construction Group (BUCC) Mr. Yang Jiankang attended the workshop.

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Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

Project country
Political Partners
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China (MoHURD)
Implementation Partners
Center for Science and Technology and Industrialization Development (CSTID); China Association of Mayors
05/2016 - 07/2020

In 2013, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang initiated the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership as a response to rising rates of urbanisation, a higher frequency of climate change-induced natural disasters and increasing levels of environmental degradation. The partnership is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) of the People’s Republic of China, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been responsible for implementing the Partnership Project since June 2016. Funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU, the project focuses on promoting sustainable, integrated urban development in China and Germany. The governing structure of the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership consists of a Steering Committee and an Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Urbanisation that involves all active members in the Partnership. Every three years a High-level Forum on Urbanisation is held, alternating between China and Germany.