CCSBC is one of the projects under develoPPP.de Programme, which was set up by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The project has the objective to establish a “Competence Centre for Sustainable Building in China” within the public-private partnership (PPP) framework for energy-efficient and sustainable building between GIZ and the consulting firms LUWOGE Consult GmbH (represented in China by SoftGrid (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.) and energydesign (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. The project will establish and disseminate knowledge based on proven best practice experience in the field of sustainable architecture, building services and urban planning. The goal is to advance planning and construction practices in China to achieve more sustainable and liveable working and living spaces. The tasks of the Competence Centre include collecting, researching and promoting knowledge from already built and new sustainable projects, individual consulting in specific projects and initiatives on local administration levels, as well as professional and political communication.
The social and economic development in China is closely connected to China’s built environment. On the one hand the construction sector contributes significantly to China’s GDP and is responsible for the large and growing share of the energy, resource and land consumption on the macroeconomic scale. On the other hand the built environment is the formative backdrop of all individual economic practice and all human activity in the professional, cultural and personal context. The design and configuration of the built environment in China is therefore defining for the sustainable development worldwide, the economic and environmental development of the nation and locally decisive for the living and working conditions of every individual.
German companies in China employ advanced building standards in their own construction projects, which exceed the local compulsory standards in scope and demanded quality. Thereby it is not the primary goal to reduce energy demand and operation cost, but much more to achieve a sustainable holistic quality, which is able to provide the own employees with a save, clean and productive work environment. The quality of the work environment is a competitive advantage in the fierce competition for the human resource.
Given the ubiquitous pollution, the demand for a more sustainable built environment is evident and it is also obvious that isolated activities in single projects of companies are not sufficient to improve the situation for the own employees and their personal environment substantially. For this reason, CCSBC has been initiated to identify, extract and communicate examples of advanced sustainable building practices from successful construction projects in China. Experience in projects with advanced sustainability targets are documented and published to inform future prospective building owners, decision makers and designers based on the proven performance of socially, ecologically and economically successful projects. Thereby it is the objective to contribute to the overall sustainable development of the construction sector in China. It is the goal to connect and to multiply best practices, developed in individual projects, for the public benefit.
The project will contribute to the acceptance and implementation of energy efficient and sustainable construction in China. To reach this goal, a practice-oriented competence centre for sustainable building will impart knowledge about sustainable building standards and answer demands from building owners, planners, manufacturers of building materials, local authorities and political decision-makers.
The four partners GIZ, LUWOGE Consult, Softgrid and energydesign combine their competences and professional networks to disseminate information and advice to a large array of private and public key stakeholders. The Competence Centre functions as an independent consulting institution, financed by membership fees and the fee-based provision of information.
The information and standards mainly draw on experiences with the certification system developed by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), but also support projects using Chinese standards.
The wide dissemination of knowledge on sustainable building practice to building owners, planners, manufacturers of building materials and local authorities are ensured through three channels:
Database of best practice examples
The Competence Centre gathers information on projects that have been built according to sustainable standards. New developments can draw on the lessons learned by past experiences in China and elsewhere.
Initial advice for new projects
The Competence Centre supports its target audiences by proving advice on investment decisions and the development of concepts and plans or appropriate building products. Public authorities can receive assistance on the design and implementation of standards.
Dissemination and networking among key stakeholders in the building sector
The information and services of the competence centre are disseminated to key public and private actors in the building sector, ranging from political decision-makers to building material manufacturers, thanks to the professional networks of the project partners. The project activities also ensure the networking and exchange between the stakeholders of this diverse range.
develoPPP.de, a program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
LUWOGE Consult GmbH, Ludwigshafen
energydesign (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
SoftGrid (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.