Tsinghua University’s Graduate School at Shenzhen and the World Alliance for Low-Carbon Cities organized a low-carbon building seminar in Shenzhen, China on November 8, 2014. The seminar was very successful in bringing together a number of corporate and public sector participants active in low-carbon industries.

Topics of discussion at the seminar included building materials, construction process, and carbon emissions in construction as well as the great potential for carbon reduction in urban development. Presentations addressed a variety of topics under the theme of green, sustainable construction. Dr. MAO Daqing, Senior Vice President of Vanke Group, spoke about applying green and low-carbon practices to real estate development. Dr. Mao spoke about how Vanke’s commitment to exploring technology and policy innovations helps the company to improve the lives of their customers through the investing in improving the quality of construction and resource efficiency, as well as establishing community waste management and environmental education programs. Alongside these developments Vanke is also involved in the development of the planned Beijing Green Building Park.

Mr. WU Xin of Schneider Electric’s Eco-Building Business Unit gave a detailed report about the dramatic rise in return on investment (10- 20%) in the company’s green buildings, based on resource efficiency and customers’ positive experiences. Mr. Wu introduced a variety of green building activities which had helped the company develop their green building properties, particularly focused on employing energy efficiency solutions.

Mr. YANG Lihua, National Key Account General Manager in Schneider Electric’s Retail Business Unit, and Mr. Jason Chen, Key Account Manager at Schneider Electric’s Retail Business Unit, traveled from Beijing and Guangzhou respectively, especially to attend the seminar. Schneider Electric’s participation at the seminar brought a valuable perspective on improving productivity when adopting energy-efficient green solutions.

Dr. Emma Falck and Mr. CHEN Bin, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Kone’s Product Strategy & Marketing Division, presented energy-conservation technologies commonly used in green building elevator and escalator fields, and their application in successful cases, including the Kingdom Tower presently under construction in Saudi Arabia which is set to become the world's tallest building, and in MonoSpace elevators and energy-efficient designs.

Mr. YANG Haibin, Vice General Manager of the Shenzhen Airport (Group) Co., Ltd, shared experiences from the Shenzhen Green Airport, including practical application of T3, photovoltaic energy conservation, and rainwater recycling technologies as well as other very energy-efficient, green strategies.

Prof. YE Qing, Managing Director of Shenzhen Institute of Building Research Co., Ltd, presented a green building design strategy developed for the new urbanization context, and participants shared examples of efficient, practical, and feasible low-carbon buildings in use in Shenzhen.

In addition to these presentations, participants and speakers engaged in lively discussion throughout the seminar, providing an opportunity to explore areas of interest more thoroughly with the experts present.

In his concluding remarks, Chairman of WALCC, Prof. KANG shared his aspirations for this seminar to, not only increase awareness regarding building energy consumption, low-carbon buildings, and green buildings, but also to promote cooperation and joint development of low-carbon buildings.

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Guests attending the forum included the vice-president of the China Research Centre of Landscape Architectural design and Planning and former vice director of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the PRC Miss ZHENG Shuling, Tsinghua University, Shenzhen Graduate School Dean and Professor KANG Feiyu, the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities Chairman who gave the opening address at the forum. Dr. MAO Daqing, Senior Vice President of Vanke Group, Mr. Wu Xin of the Eco-Building Business Unit at Schneider Electric, Asia Pacific regional president of new equipment Dr. Emma Falck at KONE, the Vice General Manager of the Shenzhen Airport (Group) Co., Ltd. Mr. Yang Haibin, and Prof. YE Qing, Managing Director of Shenzhen Institute of Building Research Co., Ltd. who delivered a key-note speech. Furthermore, participants also included members of the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities, Tsinghua Alumni Association, members of the Shenzhen Bosum Association, graduate students and faculty, a total of about 140 people attended the forum.

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Upcoming World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities Events

  • Shenzhen Water Symposium (December 13, 2014 in Shenzhen, China)
  • Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation(SASUI) Workshop (late January 2015 in Finland)
  • Renewable Resources and Energy Seminar (March 2015 in Xiamen, China)
  • International Forum on Low Carbon City Eighth Low Carbon City Development World Forum (June 2015 in Shenzhen)
  • Ninth Low Carbon City Development World Forum (October 2015 in Tampere, Finland)

See photos from the forum here.

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