Beijing, March 24, 2017 – IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is partnering with China’s Center
of Science and Technology and Industrialization Development
(CSTID) to help improve the labeling system for green buildings in China.
The objective is to align IFC’s EDGE green-building software with China’s
green building-labeling system, often referred to as the “Three Star System.”
Progress on the partnership was announced at the International Conference
on Green and Energy-Efficient Building and New Technologies and Products
IFC created the EDGE green-building program to respond to the need for
a measurable solution to prove the financial case for building green and
help jumpstart green buildings. EDGE includes a voluntary certification
system as well as complimentary online software, also available in Mandarin,
to empower builders to quickly determine the most cost-effective ways to
build green. The EDGE software was modified to include a compliance report
that satisfies key aspects of China’s green building-labeling system.
It also contains new criteria to encourage the harnessing of geothermal,
hydropower, wind, and biomass energy over traditional coal options.
Leading engineers and scientists from CSTID and institutes throughout China
have worked closely with IFC’s green-buildings technical team over the
past six months to modify the EDGE software’s interface, create reporting
capabilities, and sharpen data to match nearly 30 of China’s major cities.
The goal is to enable the software to be used for compliance with existing
standards and to ensure the greatest accuracy possible when estimating
energy and water reduction in new buildings and carbon emissions from building
“The aim of our collaboration is to connect China’s green-building standard
with the EDGE international standard and to facilitate complimentary exchanges,”
said Ms. Song Ling, Project Leader and Vice Director of the Green Building
Development Department at CSTID. “Together we will create an international
platform to enable continuous improvements of China’s green building-labeling
“IFC and CSTID’s partnership will be of great value in advancing China’s
green building-labeling system,” said Simon Andrews, IFC’s Country Manager
for China. “By working together, we can facilitate the emergence of green
buildings in China and help mitigate climate change for the benefit of
the people and the environment.”
IFC and CSTID will next explore ways to encourage green hotels in China,
as the World Tourism Organization forecasts that China will become the
world’s most visited country by 2020. The collaboration will build on
CSTID’s existing work on its green-building label for hotels through guidance
on green-building design and operations.
In China, IFC’s work in green buildings is generously supported by Hungary
(EXIM) and Switzerland (SECO). Representatives from the Embassies of Hungary
and Switzerland attended the conference to emphasize their positive economic
and trade relationships with China and their interest in collaborating
on green buildings.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working
with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to
create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments
in developing countries rose to nearly $19 billion, leveraging our capital,
expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty
and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
An innovation of IFC, EDGE helps property developers to build and brand
green in a fast, easy and affordable way. EDGE is supported by free software
that encourages solutions to reduce energy, water and the energy used to
make building materials by at least 20 percent, which is the standard for
EDGE certification. The program
has been generously supported by the following donors: Austria, Canada,
Denmark, ESMAP, EU, Finland, GEF, Hungary, Japan and Switzerland. For more
information, visit www.edgebuildings.com.
Established in 1994, the Center of Science and Technology and Industrialization
Development, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural development is a Public
Service Unit under the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development
(MOHURD). Its main functions include providing support and services to
MOHURD for it to exercise its administrative functions; completing other
tasks assigned by MOHURD; reviewing technologies, economic policies, laws
and regulations on building energy conservation, green buildings, emission
reduction in urban and rural areas, modernization of housing industry and
industrialization of buildings, providing relevant technological consultation
services and doing relevant scientific research work; organizing the implementation
of assessment, certification and popularization for new technologies, and
organizing the implementation of relevant pilot and demonstration projects.
CSTID has developed 91 national and industrial-level standards and codes.
CSTID has also undertaken 220 national, provincial and ministerial-level
scientific research projects, 21 of which have won the State Science and
Technology Progress Award or the Huaxia Construction Science and Technology