The New Approach of Low-Carbon Buildings in China and Developing Countries

August 12, 2009 - 12:00pm

Energy use can be divided into two sectors: the manufacturing sector and the consumption sector. The first one is the energy used during the process of any substance production and the second part is the energy used for the operation of buildings and the energy used for passenger transportation. Statistical data shows that the energy used in the consumption sector accounts for about two-thirds of the total energy used in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries while only one-third is used in non-OECD developing countries. The intensity of energy use in the consumption sector in OECD countries is about 10 times as much as that of developing countries on the per capita level. Our comparative analysis shows that the major reasons for this disparity in the consumption sector include the differences in cultures, consumer behaviors, and lifestyles. For building energy use, the major difference comes from the behaviors of building occupants, the operation of management, and the levels of demand for indoor climates. In order to maintain or reduce the low-carbon emissions associated with operating current buildings in developing countries, we must maintain the low-energy features associated with cultures and lifestyles, while improving occupancy comfort and health. Therefore, technologies and strategies for low-carbon building solutions in developing countries should include those that are very different from that in OECD countries. Detailed data from statistics, examples for such technologies and strategies, and case studies will be presented to demonstrate the success. For more information about this seminar, please contact: JoAnne Lambert 510.486.4835, or send e-mail to JMLambert[at]

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