Policies for Promoting Building Energy Efficiency (BEE): A Comparative Study between Mainland China and Some Developed Countries

By Queena K. Qian and Edwin H.W. Chan.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Energy consumption in buildings accounts for a significant portion of total energy demand, the potential for energy efficiency in building sector is tremendous. As one of the world’s most rapidly developing economies, industrial and domestic activities in China has a major impact on the world’s energy market and the global environment. The Chinese government has taken several steps to control and improve energy use in the building sector; however, the situation of building energy efficiency (BEE) still deserves serious study to appreciate any problem that needs to be resolved. This paper introduces the current situation related to Mainland China’s policy measures on BEE and discusses the government’s role to enhance BEE control from four aspects: law & policy maker, incentive motivator, financing hub and advocator. Through comparative study with its developed counterparts, such as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom (UK), this paper highlights the importance of government intervention and consideration of economic efficiency in the decision-making process of BEE promotion by Chinese government. The findings were further supported with the results of a questionnaire with building design professionals on the Favorable Factors (FF) for furthering green building development in Mainland China.

Keywords: Building Energy Efficiency (BEE), Government Control, Comparative Study

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.45-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.397MB).

Dr. Queena K. Qian

PhD Student, Building and Real Estate Department, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Queena K.Qian is currently a PhD student at Building and Real Estate Department, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is now invited as a visiting researcher at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, USA till May, 2010. Her research interests are Building Energy Efficiency, government incentives and transaction costs.

Edwin H.W. Chan

Professor, Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Edwin Chan studied Architecture and later learnt Law in England Hong Kong. He obtained his PhD degree at the King’s College of London University. He is a Chartered Architect and is a Barrister-at-Law called to both the English and Hong Kong Bars. For his MSc thesis in 1985, Dr. Chan studied “Energy Conscious Building Design in Sub-tropics”. Before joining The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he had practised in industry for over 10 years in the UK and Hong Kong. Currently, he is a full professor in the Department of Building and Real Estate, and a Fellow of the Public Policy Research Institute of the HKPolyU, and is an Adjunct Professor of the University of South Australia. His research interests include sustainable development- control framework and policy, green building, construction law and dispute management.


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