USGBC to support key project in China’s 13th five-year plan

Linghao He
August 16, 2018

On July 17, USGBC and TREND, the LEED consultant organization of Parkview Green, co-hosted the meeting for the representatives from Center for Technology and Industrialization of Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China (MOHURD), China Architecture Design and Research Group (CAG), China Academy of Building Research (CABR) and Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences Group (SRIBS).

The meeting was held in support of the research and development for the establishment of the Chinese Standard for Green Building during the Operational Phase lead by MOHURD at Beijing Parkview Green, the first project in Asia certified as LEED Platinum under LEED for Existing Buildings through the Arc performance measurement platform. After the meeting, the delegation was taken for a green tour inside the building to learn about the innovative technologies and green design of the project.

As a public institution established and led by the Chinese government, the Center for Technology and Industrialization of MOHURD is in charge of developing policy and codes for the green building industry, review and research of the Chinese Green Building Evaluation Label (3 Star).

“We hope to learn more about Parkview Green’s Arc dynamic plaque, comparing the real-time performance data versus its LEED credit-level data, in order to understand how the building management team can actually reduce energy and water during their daily operations, and [be dedicated] to improving building efficiency,” said Jiang Zhongqiao, associate director of the Center. “Such information will be an important reference for us when compiling the Chinese Evaluation Standard for Green Building during the operational phase.”

The compilation of the Chinese Evaluation Standard for Green Building during the operational phase is to meet the requirements of industry development and serve one of the key R&D projects identified in China’s 13th Five Year plan, as to study the actual building performance for existing green buildings in China.

It is estimated that the characteristics and requirements of different types of buildings will be considered as far as possible, and the quantitative comprehensive performance index will be largely adopted, and the influence of personnel behavior will be considered, and the actual operation effect of the building will be reflected through a scientific and rational evaluation framework and method.

Since LEED v4, LEED has been focusing on driving building performance for all. With the launch of the Arc digital platform at the end of 2016, projects can use Arc to earn LEED certification and verify performance. Arc is a complement to LEED and other green building systems, standards and protocols that allows buildings and spaces to connect to the built environment in a new way by comparing performance metrics and connecting them to green building strategies.

Andy To, the managing director of USGBC and GBCI North Asia, had an in-depth discussion about LEED, Arc, the green building evaluation standard and market in China with Jiang and her team during the meeting.

To said, “Arc, as a state-of-the-art technology and data platform, empowers people all over the world to connect and collaborate toward a collective higher quality of life by making the most informed sustainability decisions possible. By sharing our experience, technology and data in green buildings, USGBC hopes to connect and collaborate with key stakeholders in China toward a prosperous green building industry and community, as well as the accomplishment of China’s 13th Five Year Plan.”