Housing and Energy: Review of cases in China

Author(s): Cheshmehzangi, A., Galvez, L., Hashemi, A. & Cruickshank, H.

Publication date: 1st June 2015

Publication type: Conference Proceedings

Journal: Energy and International Development Scheme - China's Urban Housing


The rapid urbanization of China has generated a large demand of energy services. According to the statistical data, the building energy consumption has kept rising during the past few decades, and the proportion of building energy consumption rose to 27.8 per cent of the China’s total energy consumption in 2008 from 10 per cent in 1980 (CNBS, 2008; Kong et al., 2012). It is expected that the building energy will account for 30-40 per cent of the total energy usage in 2030-2040, which will meet the current level of Europe and the United States. This situation is leading substantial attention in the Hot-Summer Cold-Winter zone (HSCW) where together with the long period of summer and winter, the building energy consumption in HSCW Zone takes about 45% of the whole country (Yu, 2009). In the context of the changing urban patterns associated with energy consumption, this paper aims to analyse the way buildings are designed and its substantial impact on building energy consumption for HSCW region to enable crafting realistic region specific urban energy conservation strategies. Based on the previous literature review and case study, this paper will also evaluate the energy efficiency conditions in residential buildings and on building operation of selected cases and their correlations with local building energy efficiency polices. 

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