China Energy Group Joins the Conference on "Scaling Up: From Green Buildings to Green Cities in the US and China"
[10 April, 2009] China Energy Group has had a long-standing program to assist China in developing building energy codes, and among other projects, the Group has supported pilot efforts in Shanghai and four cities in South China to implement building energy codes. In 2009, China Energy Group will continue work on energy efficiency in new and existing buildings, and will focus on identifying approaches that can increase energy savings compared with the present approaches to building standards. The Group Leader, Dr. Mark Levine, will join the panel and speak at the conference.
Detailed information on this conference could be found below.
Friday, May 1, 2009
9 am-5 pm
8:30 am Registration/Breakfast
9:00 am-5:00 pm Program
PG&E Auditorium, San Francisco
77 Beale St. (between Market and Mission)
San Francisco, CA
View the Conference Program
Buildings consume well over 30 percent of all primary energy in the world, more than either transportation or industry. By building green, we can reduce energy consumption in this key sector by 30-50 percent and cut greenhouse gas emissions by similar margins. It is also one of the cheapest ways to do so: green building adds only 1-5 percent to construction costs, which are recovered through reduced energy demand in a few years or less.
The green building revolution has begun, but it has far to go. In the US, the floor space of LEED-certified buildings totals 12.5 million square meters, with much more in the pipeline. California leads the way, with far more green buildings than any other state. In China, green buildings have gone from zero in 2000 to 4 million square meters today, again with much more in the offing.
Today, the greatest challenge for green design is to scale up -- to move beyond pilot projects and piecemeal solutions to building and retrofitting on a massive scale in order to have a meaningful impact on global warming. Green materials must be mass produced, construction techniques must be standardized, and the principles of green design must inform urban planning, not simply the design of individual buildings. These are the critical issues this conference will address.
This one-day conference is the first to bring together leading green design specialists from the fields of research, technology, architecture, business, and policy from the U.S. and China to build dialogue and collaboration. The US and China are rapidly becoming the global centers for green design promotion, development, and investment, and many other Asian countries are beginning to follow suit.
Among the conference's 20+ speakers:
• John Bilmon, Managing Director of PTW Architects, best known as the chief designer of the award-winning Beijing Olympics Water Cube.
• Jeff Heller, President of San Francisco's Heller Manus Architects, now in charge of planning the new, green $100 million downtown center in Guangzhou, China.
• John Kriken, Consulting Partner at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, whose Saigon South project in Ho Chi Minh city won an Urban Design Award from Progressive Architecture and a National Honor Award from the AIA, and whose Shanghai and Hong Kong Waterfront plans won AIA National Honor Awards.
• Mark Levine, Group Leader of the China Energy Group at Berkeley Lab, the leading American expert on energy efficiency issues in China.
• Jiang Yi, Professor of Building Science at Tsinghua University, the leading authority on green building policy in China.
• Dan Winey, Managing Principal, Asia Pacific Region, Gensler, who is overseeing the design of 22 million square feet in construction in China, including the cutting-edge Shanghai Tower.
$100 Asia Society/Bay Area Council/Co-Sponsor Members
Special Offer: $125 Admission + Asia Society membership ($155 Value)
To register, please visit http://asiasociety.org/greencities/
Or call 415.421.8707