- November 1, 2011: Vol. 3, Number 10

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Clean Energy in China: The Economic and Sustainability Benefits of Ground Energy for Heating and Cooling Buildings

by Brione Bruce and Peter Heber Percy

In 2009, China surpassed the United States as the largest consumer of energy in the world. Rapid economic growth has caused China’s energy consumption to increase dramatically, and the country is now faced with the challenge of balancing an expanding economy with energy security, pricing, emissions and a declining fossil fuel supply. Meanwhile, the Chinese government is paying more attention to energy efficiency and is tightening regulations on the building sector.

The challenge to real estate investors and developers: How to contain soaring energy costs, conform with stricter energy efficiency regulations and ensure buildings are sustainable over the long term? Moreover, improving energy efficiency in buildings is an increasingly important strategy to reduce operating overheads, enhance building status and achieve environmental, social and governance goals.

This case study provides an overview of a solution that matches these objectives by incorporating ground energ

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