BRE, Tsinghua University and Evergrande Sign a GBP200m Built Environment Science Deal at UK-China Business Summit

2015-10-23 09:00 2537

LONDON, Oct. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

UK building science centre BRE, China's top university Tsinghua and one of its largest property development companies Evergrande signed a collaborative research agreement on sustainable urbanisation today. It was one of seven exclusive UK-China collaborations that were signed as part of the UK-China business summit in London on day two of the state visit of Chinese leaders to the UK. 

Designed to support China's sustainable urbanisation and national green building programme, the GBP200 million research programme will involve the development of a number of sustainable demonstration projects in China, a pilot sustainable city demonstration in Danzhou, and a green building demonstration zone in Hainan province.

The programme will also include the development of green standards and improved processes forplanning, design, procurement, construction and management of buildings, R & D on new green materials and low carbon products and technologies and a programme of post occupancy evaluation studies.

Chief Executive of BRE Dr Peter Bonfield said, "Our Chinese partners have the ability to affect real change in the built environment. They currently deliver buildings, homes and communities on an unprecedented scale quickly and cost effectively. They will take the learning from this collaborative programme and deliver a sustainable built environment without compromising on cost and speed - something that hasn't yet been done anywhere else in the world. We look forward to playing our part in what will be a transformative research partnership."

Minister of State for Universities and Science Jo Johnson said, "China is one of our most important international partners and at the last China-UK trade summit our Governments agreed to boost collaboration on science and technology. This project is a direct result of that commitment, and I look forward to seeing it progress."

UK Special Envoy on Sustainable Urbanisation to China, Sir Michael Bear who witnessed the signing ceremony said, "I am delighted to oversee this important collaboration that brings together three organisations who are leading in their fields to help China deliver its sustainable urbanisation programme." 

The research programme is one of a number of active collaborative projects that BRE has in China which follows on from Chinese leaders' visit to BRE headquarters in London in 2011 during which BRE was requested to support China's sustainable urbanisation and green building programme.

Notes to editor 

BRE: We are a world leading building science centre and the authority on all aspects of the built environment. We generate new knowledge through research that is used to create products, tools and standards that drive positive change across the built environment. We enable our government and private sector clients to meet the environmental, social and economic challenges they face by delivering higher performing, better quality, safer, more secure and more sustainable products homes, buildings and communities. We are owned by the BRE Trust, a registered charity, which funds research and education that advances knowledge of the built environment.  We are committed to building a better world together. We are BRE.

Source: BRE