Swiss and Chinese perspectives on Integrated Planning

10th June 2022 | Jilong Zhu

Within the framework of the “Sino-Swiss Zero Emission Building Partnership”,government officials, decision makers, technical experts, planning and design professionals, university teachers 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.


This seminar featured Prof. Adrian Altenburger, Head of the Institute of Building Technologies and Energy at Lucerne University of Applied Science (HSLU), as well as Vice president of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA), and Dr. Shicong Zhang, Secretary General of the Zero Energy Building Committee at the Architecture Society of China.


The two experts shared their technologies and experiences from the Swiss and Chinese perspectives on the theme of integrated planning and had in-depth interactions with the participants. About 100 experts from government agencies, universities, research institutes, enterprises and industry associations attended the seminar. The seminar was moderated by Dr. Lu Feng, the international coordinator of the “Sino-Swiss Zero Emission Building Cooperation Project”, and translated by Mr. Zhu Jilong, the head of the local project office in China.


Prof. Altenburger presented the fundamentals and prerequisites for integrated planning, introduced the “Lucern Model”, which was developed by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, to the listeners and then explained the theory on the practical case study of Zurich Airport – New Dock E Terminal E.  This illustrated in detail the various aspects of integrated planning and shared valuable experiences for zero emission building planning in China.



‍‍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 China Academy of Building Research (CABR) and 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 activities.‍‍‍‍