An industrial park with sustainable buildings will open for use in Guanlan, Longhua New Area, in the second half of next year.
The 200,000-sqaure-meter green building cluster that meets BREEAM, the world’s leading environmental standards, is part of a cooperative project between Shenzhen Xingcheng Investment Co., the Britain-based BRE Group and the University of Nottingham.
The two British research institutions will assist the local investment company to establish a BREEAM research and training center in Shenzhen by the end of the year for teaching, research and consultant.
“We aim at cultivating world-class architects and contractors and upgrading the national building standards to an international level,” said Quan Xinqing, CEO of Shenzhen Xingcheng Investment Co. and a green building expert.
Initiated in 1990, BREEAM or Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognized measures of a building’s environmental performance.
China is currently adopting a 3 Stars Green Building Evaluation Standard. The Chinese standard and the BREEAM will both be applicable for assessing buildings in China. And considering that the cost of a green building that meets the highest standard of the two assessment methods is only 2 percent higher than a non-green one, according to Chinese media, local builders have little reason to ignore the new measures.
Shenzhen housing and construction bureau has started a comprehensive cooperation with BRE Group in developing green buildings in the city. The bureau is planning to construct several buildings that meet the BREEAM standards, including Shenzhen Technology Park of Beihang University.
The green building market is still in its initial development in China, but with 72 building projects that have passed the national 3-star standard, Shenzhen is leading China in the push for environmentally sensible construction.
The city will take a leap in developing green buildings as it adopts global standards, Quan said.