Building energy efficiency for sustainable development in China: challenges and opportunities
Li, B. and Yao, R. (2012) Building energy efficiency for sustainable development in China: challenges and opportunities. Building Research and Information, 40 (4). pp. 417-431. ISSN 0961-3218 (special issue: Next challenges for energy and buildings research )
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2012.682419
Rapid urbanisation in China has resulted in great demands for energy, resources and pressure on the environment. The progress in China's development is considered in the context of energy efficiency in the built environment, including policy, technology and implementation. The key research challenges and opportunities are identified for delivering a low carbon built environment. The barriers include the existing traditional sequential design process, the lack of integrated approaches, and insufficient socio-technical knowledge. A proposed conceptual systemic model of an integrated approach identifies research opportunities. The organisation of research activities should be initiated, operated, and managed in a collaborative way among policy makers, professionals, researchers and stakeholders. More emphasis is needed on integrating social, economic and environmental impacts in the short, medium and long terms. An ideal opportunity exists for China to develop its own expertise, not merely in a technical sense but in terms of vision and intellectual leadership in order to flourish in global collaborations.