China gets green building

Maunsell Australia has won a contract from Tianjin City for the design of a complete energy efficient retrofit of its Environment Protection Bureau building.

Maunsell Australia has won a contract from Tianjin City for the design of a complete energy efficient retrofit of its Environment Protection Bureau building.

The Australian Government will provide US $60,677 (AUS$80,000) funding for the project to retrofit China’s first five-star building in Tianjin, located just south of Beijing.

The funding will be used to prepare a detailed design to make the building an energy efficient showcase and demonstrate Australian technologies.

Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell commented: “China’s energy demands are accelerating and energy efficiency will become increasingly important...

This building alone will save 200 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year and there are 50,000 similar government buildings in China.

If the process is repeated for these buildings the savings in both energy and greenhouse gas emissions will be enormous – about the same as stopping all emissions from the Northern Territory.”

The deal was announced in October during Australia’s largest ever renewable energy and energy efficiency business mission to China.

During the same mission it was announced that the two countries will undertake 11 new joint projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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