Shenzhen to Push Construction of Environmentally Friendly Buildings
An industrial park with sustainable buildings will open its doors in Guanlan, Longhua New Area for the second half of this year. The 200,000 square meter environmentally friendly buildings have met BREEAM the leading environmental standards and is part of a cooperative project between the Britain based BRE Group, the University of Nottingham and with Shenzhen Xingcheng Investment Co.
The two British research firms will assist in the local investment company to establish a BREEAM research and training center in Shenzhen before the year ends for teaching, consultancy and research. The two firms at creating world class architects and contractors and at the same time upgrade the nations building standards to an international level. Started in 1990 BREEAM or Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method that set standards for the best practice in the most sustainable building design, operation and construction and has grown as one of the most comprehensive and most recognized measures in building environmental performance.
China is adopting 3 Stars Green building Evaluation Standard in which both the Chinese standard and BREEAM is both applicable for assessing buildings in China considering the cost of green buildings that meet the standards of the assessment methods is only 2 percent higher than a non green building that is why local builders have few reasons to ignore these new measures.
The Shenzhen housing and construction bureau started to implement a comprehensive cooperation with BREEAM to develop a green building in the city, the bureau plans to construct several buildings which meet the standards issued by BREEAM. Although the green building market is still relatively new and on initial development stage in China, around 72 building projects have passed the national 3 star standards and Shenzhen is one of the leading cities in pushing the construction of environmentally sensible buildings.