首个净零碳设计研讨会在中国举办 China Hosts its First ZERO NET CARBON Professional Training
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研讨会也邀请了世界银行旗下的国际金融公司（International Finance Corporation, IFC）介绍EDGE——这一可持续设计和认证的工具。国际金融公司最近正和建筑2030合作将净零碳的认证路径结合到EDGE软件中。
On September 20th-22nd, Architecture 2030 and the China Exploration and Design Association Architecture Branch Zero Carbon Green Building Technical Committee co-hosted a Zero Net Carbon (ZNC) professional training workshop in Shanghai, China. The event, put on by the Tongji Architectural Design Group Co. Ltd., was the first training of its kind to prepare architects, planners, building sector professionals, and future trainers from across China to design ZNC developments and buildings.
Globally, urban environments are responsible for nearly 75% of the world’s GHG emissions. Therefore, in order to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global average temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, it is crucial to reduce the energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the building sector.
“The Chinese government has reiterated on multiple occasions its determination to implement the responsibilities and obligations agreed to in the Paris Agreement. Protecting the environment and Mother Earth is the architects’ professional duty and social responsibility.”
Zhen Chen, Secretary-General of CEDAAB
China is adding roughly two billion square meters (21.5 billion square feet) of new buildings each year in order to accommodate an urban population expected to reach one billion people by 2030. Due to this extraordinary growth, it is more important than ever that collaborations be established with Chinese design professionals to share the available principles, tools, and processes that deliver highly efficient, ZNC buildings and developments.
Since October 2015, 62 Chinese local design institutes (LDIs) and international architecture and planning firms have signed the China Accord, setting “carbon neutral or near carbon neutral” as the design standard for all new building projects in China. CEDAAB and Architecture 2030 have since established ZNC as a necessary and achievable goal for Chinese building design practice. In June 2016, CEDAAB established a Zero Carbon Green Building Technical Committee to further promote ZNC design in China.
The China ZNC training program built on the momentum established by the China Accord, providing a rare opportunity to bring together top international and Chinese professionals in the fields of planning, building energy consumption and emissions, solar analysis, passive heating and cooling, daylighting, and renewable energy systems. Expert speakers from SOM, SmithGroupJJR, NBBJ, DLR Group, University of Massachusetts Amherst, CallisonRTKL, the University of Washington, and Perkins+Will discussed and presented strategies and methods for sustainable and ZNC design and planning practices applicable to China.
Also invited to the training was the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to discuss EDGE, their sustainable design and certification tool. IFC recently worked with Architecture 2030 to incorporate a ZNC certification pathway into the EDGE software.
On September 22nd, Autodesk delivered a half-day workshop on Insight, their comprehensive energy modeling platform. The Insight workshop introduced attendees to the various ways that the software can be used to support ZNC design, and included a hands-on tutorial demonstrating the tool’s implementation of the ZNC principles and methodologies presented by expert speakers earlier in the week.
The two and a half-day training and workshop were well attended by approximately 200 building sector professionals from throughout China.
The overarching goal of the ZNC training was to empower architects and planners to assume a leadership role in the design of sustainable and carbon neutral buildings and developments, by providing them with applicable and cost-effective methods and case studies. The program ensured that participants understood the rationale behind various strategies, and were able to confidently deploy these strategies to effectively reduce energy consumptionand carbon emissions.
“Chinese architects must implement zero net carbon design strategies throughout the entire design process, and not design ‘watermelon style green buildings’ – appearing green on the outside only – for the sake of achieving a certification.”
Xueya Che, Director of the Zero Carbon Green Buildings Technical Committee of CEDAAB
Multiple LDIs throughout China have expressed interest in bringing the ZNC training to their offices, to broaden the reach of the knowledge. As each LDI employs hundreds of architects, the impact of the training is expected to be significant.
With more attention and application of net zero carbon design strategies, China is in a position to provide global leadership on the pathway towards a carbon neutral built environment. The stone has been cast, and the ripples are beginning to spread. A transformation of the built environment in China is underway.