Wang Shi, Chairman and Founder of Vanke, visited LBNL and led a team of Vanke executives and technical experts from China and the U.S. to exchange ideas and information on cutting-edge research, technologies, and emerging areas around energy-efficient buildings in the U.S. and China. Vanke, headquartered in Shenzhen, China, is the world's largest real estate developer and builds more than half of China's green buildings.
During his visit, Mr. Wang met with Donald J. DePaolo, Associate Laboratory Director Energy & Environmental Sciences, and Lynn Price, Group Leader of the Lab's China Energy Group. Mr. Wang also met with leading scientists for indoor environment quality and building energy modeling and simulation and visited some of Environmental Energy Technologies Division's laboratories including cool roof accelerated aging facility, Advanced Windows Test Facility, and the nearly complete Facility for Low-Energy eXperiments in Buildings (FLEXLAB®).
Mr. Wang attracted a packed auditorium for a special public lecture. He spoke candidly about China's impact on the world through urbanization and Vanke's achievements and challenges faced in becoming a green developer. Mr. Wang also touched on more personal notes. His commitment to the environment was partially informed by "experiencing" climate change first hand, witnessing the disappearing ice cover when scaling Mount Everest (twice) and Mount Kilimanjaro. Wang Shi also praised LBNL for its leadership in energy efficiency research.