The government should strictly supervise energy consumption in
the construction industry, says a signed article in the
Shanghai-based Youth Daily. An excerpt follows:
Vice-Minister of Construction Qiu Baoxing pointed recently that
about 95 percent of the country's construction industry consumes
excessive amounts of energy.
This sector accounts for 75 percent of the nation's total energy
Two or three times as much energy is used to generate the same
amount of heating in China as in developed countries with the same
Why is so much energy being consumed? Is it due to a lack of
regulations or energy conservation standards? Obviously not. The
Ministry of Construction issued a Management Regulation of Civil
Construction Energy Conservation in 2000 and revised it in 2005.
That year also saw the publication of the Design Standard of Public
Construction Energy Conservation.
According to the Management Regulation of Civil Construction
Energy Conservation, enterprises that fail to implement energy
conservation standards in terms of development, design and
construction should be punished. But no such punishment has been
meted out to real estate developers in recent years. Why?
Governments at all levels have failed to adequately supervise
construction energy conservation for quite some time. Energy-saving
standards remain on paper in the construction industry.
When such supervision is absent, construction developers will
not take the initiative to pursue energy-saving construction. They
will only consider how to reduce the immediate one-off basic
construction investments but not the energy to be consumed later in
the use of the construction. Architectural designers are unwilling
to devote the extra time to energy-saving designs, as they will get
no extra pay.
(China Daily July 24, 2006)