20th April 2022 | Feng Lu-Pagenkopf
In order to effectively reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector in China and to strengthen the cooperation between China and Switzerland in the field of climate protection and building energy efficiency, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (EDA) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) of the People’s Republic of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the development of Sino-Swiss cooperation in the field of building energy efficiency on November 24, 2020.
In this context, the “Sino-Swiss Zero Emission Building Cooperation Project” was launched, implemented by the Chinese side by the China Academy of Building Research (CABR) and the Swiss side by the joint intep/Skat team. The aim of the project is to jointly develop a future-oriented “zero emission building technology standard”, to build zero emission building demonstration projects in different climate zones in China, and to promote the development of zero emission buildings in China through professional training, a series of seminars and other capacity building.
On April 8, 2022, with the joint support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) and the Swiss Green Building Association the China Academy of Building Research (CABR), the Science Technology and Industrialization Development Center, the China Association Of Building Energy Efficiency, Intep – Integrated Planning LLC and Skat Consulting, INFRAS and more other institutes, the first edition of “ZEB TALKS”, the Sino-Swiss Zero Emission Building Seminar Series, was successfully held. government officials, decision makers, technical experts, planning and design professionals, university teaching and research personnel as well as students from China and Switzerland are invited to the monthly “ZEB TALKS” to present and discuss cutting-edge ideas, solutions, technologies and tools related to zero emission buildings, community development and building standards.
The seminar featured Stefan Kessler, partner at INFRAS and consultant to the Swiss government, and Roland Stulz, the founder of intep. The two experts shared their insights on how Switzerland can achieve its zero emission goal of 2050+ in the building sector, as well as their experiences for China, and had an in-depth interaction with the participants.
At the beginning of the conference, Stefan Kessler gave a review of the great achievements and practical experience of Switzerland in the field of energy saving and emission reduction in buildings over the years. He then gave an outlook on the “second half” of the low carbon development of buildings in Switzerland, based on more than 50 years of experience with regulations and the current challenges. According to Stefan Kessler, the goal of zero emission requires a combination of decarbonisation and renewable energy, with a focus on cross-sectoral coupling at the campus level. He also emphasised the need to change the orientation of buildings from energy consumption to energy production and to further develop regulations that cover the whole life cycle of emissions in the future. Regulations should be simple, effective and highly flexible. In addition, he summarised nine successful experiences of zero emission buildings in Switzerland in his presentation, which will support the promotion of zero emission buildings in China.