Sino-Swiss ZEB Project: Demonstration project awarded Minergie A pre-certificate

Sino-Swiss ZEB Project: Demonstration project awarded Minergie A pre-certificate

May 23rd 2024 | Frauke Scholvin

In April, a delegation of Swiss experts visited China under the framework of the Sino-Swiss Zero Emission Building (ZEB) Project. Organized by intep and Skat, the first stop of the trip was Shenzhen to visit the project site and take part in a multi-faceted workshop event. One of the many highlights: The awarding of the Minergie-A pre-certificate to the Shenzhen demonstration project.



Under the framework of the Sino-Swiss ZEB Project, the project consortium, comprised of intep and Skat Consulting, organized a delegation of Swiss experts to China to carry out the third visit to local demonstration projects and to further deepen the cooperation and knowledge exchange. The first stop on April 18th was Shenzhen, a pioneering city in green building development.



Die Schweizer Delegation des Sino-Swiss ZEB Project posiert für ein Gruppenfoto beim Schild des Nanshan Energy Ecological Park



The day’s activities kicked off with an on-site visit to the Sino-Swiss ZEB demonstration project, which is the “Shenzhen Nanshan Cultural and Sports Centre” on the grounds of the Nanshan Energy Ecological Park, a state-of-the-art waste incineration facility. Thanks to the accompanying presentation, the delegation team gained an in-depth understanding of the history of the site, the construction progress, and the innovative application of waste incineration power generation technology.


The site visit was followed by a technical exchange and standard policy workshop, co-hosted by the Shenzhen Green Building Association, the joint team of intep and Skat, the China Academy of Building Research (CABR) and the Swiss Green Building Association (SGB). The event gathered more than 50 professionals from all over the country to discuss the progress of the Shenzhen Demonstration Project, national and local standards and incentives for ZEBs.



Die Delegation begutachtet ein Miniaturmodell des Nanshan Energy Ecological Park.



One memorable part of the event was the Minergie award ceremony, based on the renowned Swiss quality standard for sustainable buildings. Minergie’s China representative officer awarded the Minergie-A pre-certificate to the demonstration building “Shenzhen Nanshan Cultural and Sports Centre”. The teams of Intep Beijing and Zurich jointly supported Minergie and the design team to coordinate the document preparation and pre-evaluation and are thus very happy about this reward.


The Minergie-A-Building is a champion for climate protection: According to current calculation, over the course of a year, it produces more energy than it needs – thanks to the airtight building envelope, above-average heat insulation, a controlled air exchange and the use of renewable energies. The demonstration project is the first project in Shenzhen to be certified by this high Swiss standard for ZEB design. Moreover, the Shenzhen Green Building Association also issued a three-star green building labelling pre-evaluation certificate to the project.



Shenzhen Nanshan Cultural and Sports Centre 3D-Animation



In the afternoon, Dr. Feng Lu-Pagenkopf, Sino-Swiss ZEB project deputy team leader and senior consultant of intep, hosted the technical exchange and standard policy workshop. One of the speakers was Mr Wenhao QU, Executive Chairman of Shenzhen Energy and Environmental Protection Southern Company. He gave a general introduction of Nanshan Energy Ecological Park, explaining the contribution of the company in the field of waste-to-energy generation in Shenzhen, and the uniqueness of Nanshan Energy Ecological Park II as a comprehensive park integrating solid waste treatment, popular science education, recreation and green tourism.


Mr Tianchi YU, Director and Chief Architect of Jianxue Architectural Engineering & Design Institute, followed up with a detailed introduction of the demo project’s implementation. He explained that the climatic characteristics of the Shenzhen area and the noise interference of the site environment were fully considered in the architectural design, and that heat insulation and noise prevention performance were improved through innovative design means. Mr. Yu also noted that a high-efficiency use of waste steam, wastewater and waste residue of the waste incineration power plant has been realized.



Die Teilnehmer:innen des Zero Emission Building Workshops in Shenzen posieren für ein Gruppenfoto.


The awarding of the Minergie-A pre-certificate to the demonstration project marks a milestone in the Sino-Swiss ZEB cooperation. We thank all our partners for their continued support and look forward to continuing our international collaboration for more climate-friendly buildings in China and worldwide.




In order to jointly reduce emissions in the construction industry and promote the cooperation between China and Switzerland in this field, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China and the Swiss Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the development of cooperation in the field of building energy efficiency.


Within the framework of this MoU, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation initiated and funded the Sino-Swiss zero-carbon building project. The project aims to support China in formulating the technical standard of zero carbon buildings and long-term roadmaps for reducing carbon emissions in the construction industry. This is achieved by contributing Swiss experience and technology as well as building zero-carbon building demonstration projects in different climate zones, while carrying out various forms of capacity building activities, so as to ultimately promote the carbon-neutral development of China’s construction industry.