The energy efficiency and CDM in building sector in China

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The energy efficiency and CDM in building sector in China


Author: Zhou, Lu
Title: The energy efficiency and CDM in building sector in China
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2011
Subject: Buildings -- Energy conservation -- China.
Construction industry -- Energy conservation.
Sustainable construction.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Building and Real Estate
Pages: viii, 127 leaves : ill., 1 map ; 30 cm.
Language: English
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Abstract: In the past few decades, people have realized the threats from global warming and focused on reducing human emission of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) to combat climate change. Energy Efficient Building (EEB) has the largest potential for significant reducing GHG emission. And the energy saving can off-set the incremental investment due to energy efficient measures. Also, some mechanisms such as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) can provide financial support to EEB project worldwide. The EEB is a very urgent issue in the whole world and China which is experiencing a construction boom now. Despite Chinese government has enacted a wide range of policies to foster Energy Efficiency (EE) in building sector, the effects are weak so far. This study aims at identifying the barriers which impede the promotion of EE in building sector in China and attempting to alleviate or overcome these barriers by introducing CDM. This study identified the general characteristics of construction industry which cause problems for promotion EEB around the world. Then, these problems has been tested in the context of China. The findings of this study suggested that the professionals' capability of supply EEB is low; developer's budget is enough for investing in EEB for middle-to-high-end developments; the cost efficiency of EEB incremental investment is good; the market acceptance of EEB is low; and the value of EEB has been underestimated in the market. The benefits of CDM can bring for promotion EEB, in terms of financial support, alleviate or address some problems, also proposed in this study.

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