Development of Zero Energy Buildings in China

Development of Zero Energy Buildings in China

February 8th 2021 | Claudia Bucher

The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation on energy-efficient buildings with China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD).

According to the International Energy Agency and the United Nations Environment Programme, the building and construction sector accounts for 36% of energy consumption and nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Renewable energy and energy efficiency in buildings are therefore crucial issues for achieving climate protection goals and reducing global warming.


China and Switzerland signed a MoU for cooperation on energy efficiency in buildings on Nov. 24, 2020. In close cooperation between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Bern and Beijing and the Chinese partner China Academy of Building Research (CABR), an innovative and forward-looking Zero Emission Building Standard for buildings is to be developed and implemented in various lighthouse projects in China. The goal is to effectively reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in China’s building sector.


The consortium intep and Skat Consulting Ltd. will provide administrative and technical support to SDC and CABR. Intep will lead the development of the Zero Emission Building Standard and implement it with CABR. In doing so, intep will not only rely on its 40 years of know-how in energy-efficient construction but will also leverage its large network in the Chinese real estate market.