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IFC’s Partnership in China to Optimize the Nation’s Green Building-Labeling System

Beijing, March 24, 2017 – IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is partnering with China’s Center of Science and Technology and Industrialization Development (CSTID) to help improve the labeling system for green buildings in China. The objective is to align IFC’s EDGE green-building software with China’s green building-labeling system, often referred to as the “Three Star System.” Progress on the partnership was announced at the International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building and New Technologies and Products Expo (IGEBC).
IFC created the EDGE green-building program to respond to the need for a measurable solution to prove the financial case for building green and help jumpstart green buildings. EDGE includes a voluntary certification system as well as complimentary online software, also available in Mandarin, to empower builders to quickly determine the most cost-effective ways to build green. The EDGE software was modified to include a compliance report that satisfies key aspects of China’s green building-labeling system. It also contains new criteria to encourage the harnessing of geothermal, hydropower, wind, and biomass energy over traditional coal options.
Leading engineers and scientists from CSTID and institutes throughout China have worked closely with IFC’s green-buildings technical team over the past six months to modify the EDGE software’s interface, create reporting capabilities, and sharpen data to match nearly 30 of China’s major cities. The goal is to enable the software to be used for compliance with existing standards and to ensure the greatest accuracy possible when estimating energy and water reduction in new buildings and carbon emissions from building operations.
“The aim of our collaboration is to connect China’s green-building standard with the EDGE international standard and to facilitate complimentary exchanges,” said Ms. Song Ling, Project Leader and Vice Director of the Green Building Development Department at CSTID. “Together we will create an international platform to enable continuous improvements of China’s green building-labeling system.”
“IFC and CSTID’s partnership will be of great value in advancing China’s green building-labeling system,” said Simon Andrews, IFC’s Country Manager for China. “By working together, we can facilitate the emergence of green buildings in China and help mitigate climate change for the benefit of the people and the environment.”
IFC and CSTID will next explore ways to encourage green hotels in China, as the World Tourism Organization forecasts that China will become the world’s most visited country by 2020. The collaboration will build on CSTID’s existing work on its green-building label for hotels through guidance on green-building design and operations.
In China, IFC’s work in green buildings is generously supported by Hungary (EXIM) and Switzerland (SECO). Representatives from the Embassies of Hungary and Switzerland attended the conference to emphasize their positive economic and trade relationships with China and their interest in collaborating on green buildings .
About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $19 billion, leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit .
About EDGE
An innovation of IFC, EDGE helps property developers to build and brand green in a fast, easy and affordable way. EDGE is supported by free software that encourages solutions to reduce energy, water and the energy used to make building materials by at least 20 percent, which is the standard for EDGE certification. The program has been generously supported by the following donors: Austria, Canada, Denmark, ESMAP, EU, Finland, GEF, Hungary, Japan and Switzerland. For more information, visit .
Established in 1994, the Center of Science and Technology and Industrialization Development, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural development is a Public Service Unit under the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD). Its main functions include providing support and services to MOHURD for it to exercise its administrative functions; completing other tasks assigned by MOHURD; reviewing technologies, economic policies, laws and regulations on building energy conservation, green buildings, emission reduction in urban and rural areas, modernization of housing industry and industrialization of buildings, providing relevant technological consultation services and doing relevant scientific research work; organizing the implementation of assessment, certification and popularization for new technologies, and organizing the implementation of relevant pilot and demonstration projects.
CSTID has developed 91 national and industrial-level standards and codes. CSTID has also undertaken 220 national, provincial and ministerial-level scientific research projects, 21 of which have won the State Science and Technology Progress Award or the Huaxia Construction Science and Technology Award.
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