Chinese Government Requiring Buildings to Meet New Green Standards by 2015


China, the world’s largest carbon emitter and energy consumer, will soon be working toward a revolutionary green building overhaul. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) will issue a green building code that requires existing buildings to meet mandatory new green building standards by 2013.

The cost of meeting these new code requirements will only be about $8 per square meter, and the NDRC is also encouraging homeowners with residential property to increase their green energy efforts. Home’s located in the northern region of China will be required to update their heating systems starting in 2015.

This is a huge, world-changing event for the country with the highest pollution rates on the planet. It has also come out recently that pollution is the biggest cause for social unrest in China, so this will be a huge step in the right direction to improving the environment, economy, and overall quality of life.

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  • ChKen

    “revolutionary”?!? Seriously, what are they going to do? All of their buildings, commercial and residential are either made of concrete or brick, with no insulation. Residential buildings have single-pane glass, with ill-fitting frames. What can they possibly do that is “revolutionary” for only $8 a meter? That’s less than a dollar a square foot.

    Replacement windows is much more expensive than that. Reskinning buildings with solid insulation is more expensive than that.

    Sealing the gaps between window frame and concrete sills, would be a good starting point and could use all of that estimated cost. That must be it, cause I don’t see what else they can do for so little.

  • Palco HVAC

    Not a bad goal, considering they are the world’s largest carbon emitter!

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