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Housing construction in Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai : a great leap forward in energy awareness
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ECN Energy in the Built Environment 1-5-2001
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ECN-RX--01-030 Article (scientific)
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Published in: Sustainable Building, iss. 02-2001 (), , , Vol., p.-.

Chinese housing construction is often compared with the typical blocksof flats also found in the whole of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union: blocks of modular flats of a very poor quality, badly insulated and the heating system always reading 26C. In China, however, this method of building has undergone a remarkable change. In the last few years good quality flats have been constructed in several large cities with the emphasis on better insulation, use of geothermal energy and energy conservation. In addition, much attention is given to the immediate surroundings, for example, the reduction of the environmental impact is often the criterion used to select building materials. However, there are many more opportunities to advance sustainability and to reduce energy consumption. Especially house design - which is still following uncritically the trend of the past decades - can be improved.

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