Promoting energy efficient building in China through clean development mechanism

Lu Zhou, Jing Li, Yat Hung Chiang

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This study aims to investigate the barriers which impede the promotion of Energy Efficient Building (EEB), and to propose solutions to alleviate these barriers by capturing the benefits from Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), in the context of China. Through comprehensive literature review, eight types of significant barriers are identified, including weak enforcement of government policies, market inefficiency, information barrier, small and scattering buildings, fragmentation of the construction industry, perceived high risk, higher initial cost, and difficulty in energy management. To overcome the barriers, the potential of CDM to facilitate EEB promotion is then discussed. These barriers are verified and potential solutions are tested with a questionnaire survey conducted among five professional groups in China, i.e. designers, project managers, quantity surveyors, marketing managers and property managers. The results suggest that they generally identified with the barriers. However, their limited awareness of CDM implies that corresponding policies should be formulated and implemented to improve their capability of providing more EEBs with CDM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-346
Number of pages9
JournalEnergy Policy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013


  • Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
  • Energy Efficient Building (EEB)
  • Policy Suggestion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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