On 25th July, the first Sino-German Forum for Sustainable Planning & Construction was held in Beijing in context of the Sino-German Urbanization Partnership. Organized by CCTC, DGNB and supported by GIZ and NAX, experts from Germany and China discussed the current conditions and best-practice solutions for sustainable project development in China.
energydesign (EDS) was invited by the organizers to give a presentation about the realized best-practice projects and achievements in recent years. Dr. Yanping Zhou, managing director, discussed the opportunities and remaining challenges of implementing German sustainability standards in China. EDS’ experience as a leader in DGNB audits in the Chinese market has shown that high-quality sustainable buildings can be realized in China, when local regulations and characteristics are being respected and the long-term approaches of German technological thinking is well-managed. Successful examples, such as the Sino-German Ecopark in Qingdao or the German Center in Taicang demonstrate the qualities that are already possible today.
While long-term sustainability standards and Green Building Certifications are well developed in Germany, such projects remain partly experimental in China, where the planning, design, and construction process follows different cultural implications. The further development of mutual exchange and knowledge transfer can largely contribute to a better understanding among both German and Chinese professionals and can support the improvement of energy-savings and sustainable solutions for the built environment in both countries.
Discussions at the forum have shown that the Sino-German Urbanization Partnership holds lessons-to-learn for everyone. While Chinese professionals are eager to learn about efficient technologies and sustainable planning tools from Germany, China has strengthened his role as a global leader for smart solutions and digital urban management – a field in which German experts take great interest. The coming years hold large potentials for both countries to mutually develop and lead a sustainable future. energydesign will continue to support both German and Chinese professionals on this challenging but promising journey.