Government measures needed to promote building energy efficiency (BEE) in China

Queena K. Qian, Hon Wan Edwin Chan

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Purpose: The aim of this paper is to investigate the major differences between the government's role in building energy efficiency (BEE) in China and three developed countries, and to further the understanding of market expectations of the most effective government measures to encourage BEE development in China. Design/methodology/approach: The approach taken was: establish a framework for a critical comparative study; compare and assess the BEE promotion measures available to governments in the USA, Canada, the UK and China; survey the BEEmarket expectations of building design professionals to better understand the favourable measures the Chinese Government could take to further promote BEE; and triangulate the findings of the comparative study and questionnaire survey to develop recommendations for BEE promotion in mainland China. Findings: Economic incentives are important for BEE promotion at the current stage, but they are lacking in China. Active government interventions, such as adjusting energy pricing and implementing BEE legislation, are needed in China if BEE is to become economically viable and efficient. Research limitations/implications: Owing to limited resources, the questionnaire survey did not reach every part of China. A further study should be carried out to extend the investigation to more areas of China and to obtain wider stakeholder coverage. Originality/value: The originality of this paper lies in its development of a theoretical framework to further understanding of the government's role in BEE promotion and its use of first-hand data collected from industry to verify market expectations of that role in China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-589
Number of pages26
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sep 2010


  • Buildings
  • China
  • Energy conservation
  • Energy consumption
  • Environmental engineering
  • Government policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction

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