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21 Jul 2009 10:07:07

US and China come to building efficiency understanding



US and China come to building efficiency understanding
A new agreement has been signed between the US and China to encourage collaboration in the development of more energy-efficient buildings.

The partnership, which was announced by US energy secretary Steven Chu during his tour of China to promote "zero energy" building technology as demonstrated by the America House, will see the creation of sustainable communities and greater focus on renewable energy.

Experts and technicians from the two countries will exchange places to share their respective wisdom on energy-efficient building technologies such as low-carbon lighting, insulation, geothermal heat pumps and solar thermal systems.

The two nations will also consider the viability of a plan to demonstrate green building on a large scale in China, with the creation of so-called 'eco-cities'.

With the far-east Asian country building half of the world's new floor space every year and expected to construct the equivalent of the entire US building stock over the next 15 years, such resource efficiency initiatives could be vital.

Announcing the new partnership, Secretary Chu said: "Making buildings more efficient represents one of the greatest and most immediate opportunities we have to create jobs, save money, save energy and reduce carbon pollution.

"Our goal should be buildings that are 80 percent more efficient. Doing so will save families money and create millions of jobs in both countries."

The America House was created as part of China's Future House Community, an international showcase of green technology that consisted of ten homes, each built by a different nation.

Countries taking part include Britain, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the US.

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