Build­ings, pro­tec­tive ofMother Earth now

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS FOCUS - ByWUYIYAO in Shang­hai wuyiyao@chi­nadaily.com.cn

From late Septem­ber to mid-October, thousands of vis­i­tors from around the world thronged an ex­hi­bi­tion in Taipei, Tai­wan prov­ince, to make sense of a quiet rev­o­lu­tion sweep­ing the global prop­erty con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

The ex­hi­bi­tion at Huashan 1914 Cre­ative Park was hosted by TaipeiDelta Elec­tron­ics Inc, which has con­structed and do­nated some 20 green build­ings over the past decade.

Bruce Cheng, founder of Delta, a power and ther­mal man­age­ment so­lu­tions provider, is an avowed ad­vo­cate of green build­ings.

“If we do not do it now, it’ll be­come a re­gret in fu­ture,” he said, un­der­lin­ing the ur­gent need to make all build­ings en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

So, the Delta Elec­tron­ics Foun­da­tion, backed by him, launched a book in late Septem­ber. In the book, Cheng and his col­leagues dis­cuss spe­cific green build­ings built or do­nated by Delta.

Their mes­sage is clear: green build­ings are not ex­pen­sive in terms of long-term ben­e­fits. Nor are they a lux­ury in the short term. They are af­ford­able and com­fort­able con­struc­tions that sus­tain en­vi­ron­ment as well as users (like res­i­dents and of­fice work­ers) in the long run.

Fit­tingly, Delta’s head­quar­ters in Taipei are housed in a green build­ing. There, use of power is 58 per­cent lower com­pared to con­ven­tional build­ings. Specif­i­cally, light­ing uses 74 per­cent less power; air con­di­tion­ing uses 25 per­cent less power.

What’s more, struc­tural and de­sign al­ter­ations op­ti­mize use of nat­u­ral light and air flow. Shades, en­ergy re­cy­cling sys­tem used in el­e­va­tors, and power and ther­mal man­age­ment so­lu­tions de­vel­oped by Delta make the build­ing to­tally green.

An­a­lysts said many global com­pa­nies

Ex­tent of en­ergy sav­ings at Delta’s green HQ in Taipei, Tai­wan prov­ince

are aware of the ris­ing de­mand for green build­ing so­lu­tions. Ar­chi­tects, prop­erty con­sul­tan­cies, equip­ment mak­ers and con­struc­tion ma­te­rial sup­pli­ers are all look­ing at the de­vel­op­ment in this field. Mi­cro­scopic ef­forts like train­ing build­ing users in “green be­hav­ior” are be­ing planned.

“It is es­ti­mated that the mar­ket size of green build­ing so­lu­tions for newly built prop­er­ties in China could reach a level much sur­pass­ing a tril­lion yuan ($151 bil­lion) by 2030, and ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment are tak­ing the most share,” said a re­search note by Essense Se­cu­ri­ties.

De­mand for th­ese so­lu­tions is also emerg­ing from ex­ist­ing build­ings go­ing in for ren­o­va­tion to be­come green, said Qiu Baox­ing, a Bei­jing-based hous­ing ex­pert and former vice-min­is­ter with theMin­istry of Hous­ing and Ur­ban-Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment.

Qiu said old build­ings with built-up space of 20 bil­lion square me­ters need to be ren­o­vated to make them en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly. That would en­tail in­vest­ments of 1.5 tril­lion yuan.

A na­tion­wide car­bon trad­ing sys­tem, which en­ables car­bone­mit­ting en­ter­prises to trade their quota with prop­erty firms that cut car­bon emis­sions and save en­ergy in their con­struc­tion, is ex­pected to fur­ther en­cour­age build­ings to go green.

In 2013, a Bei­jing-based prop­erty de­vel­oper ren­o­vated its old build­ings, which helped it to sell off its car­bon emis­sion quota of 1,000 met­ric tons per year. Postren­o­va­tion, it could sell cred­its worth 2,000 tons of car­bon emis­sions. Sim­i­lar deals have since been re­ported from other cities.

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