Green technology should be a core value for property developers
if the country is to achieve sustainable and
environmentally-friendly growth, says a report by a leading real
estate services firm.
Green buildings are designed, built and operated to have low
environmental impact while enhancing the health, welfare and
quality of life for residents.
Currently, sustainable buildings in the country are "at best"
limited to a handful of top-notch properties in major cities, with
very few examples of such facilities in second- or third-tier
cities, according to Jones Lang LaSalle's report Sustainable Real
Estate Development in China.
More than 80 percent of completed space in China fails to meet
state-required efficiency standards and up to 95 percent are
considered "high energy consuming", with average consumption levels
two to three times higher than those in developed countries, it
"There are huge gains to be made by adopting sustainable
practices in the Chinese real estate market," the report noted,
referring to the fact that half of all electricity and a third of
all water are consumed in commercial buildings.
"It represents huge space to make progress in energy efficiency
in the areas of commercial buildings," said Justin Kean, the author
of the report and associate director of Occupiers Research at the
The Chinese government has set an ambitious goal of reducing
energy usage per unit of GDP by 20 percent by 2010. It also aims to
cut water consumption per unit of industrial output by 30 percent
by the same year.
The awareness of sustainable real estate in China lags far
behind that in the West, the report said.
"The low awareness is a major problem in promoting sustainable
Education of both owners and occupiers, the report said, is key
to ensure that they implement green strategies.
Meeting sustainable standards can add up to 10 percent of the
cost of a commercial building project, the report estimated.
"The increasing costs may deter some developers from adopting
sustainable practices" and that is where the government can play a
role - such as providing incentives - said Eric Lee, head of
property management for North Asia at Jones Lang LaSalle.
(China Daily March 22, 2007)