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Centre stage for stainless steel at Chinese green building conference
The contribution that stainless steel makes to the development of green buildings was explored during a half-day session at the Twelfth International Conference on Green and Energy Efficient Buildings in China this week.
The China Stainless Cooperation Promotion Group (CSCPG), of which IMOA is a co-founder, organized a dedicated session, Green Building Development and Stainless Steel Application, at the conference, which was held at the China National Convention Centre, Beijing, from 30-31 March 2016.
The session began with a welcome address from Zhang Zhuping, Deputy Secretary-General, Stainless Steel Council of China, followed by the keynote presentation from Dr Gaetano Ronchi, IMOA Greater China Representative. In ‘Stainless Steel’s Contribution to Green Building Design’, Dr Ronchi highlighted the impact and benefits of stainless steel in sustainable building construction projects, with specific reference to sunscreens.
Stainless steel sunscreens can make a significant contribution to energy saving and daylight optimization in buildings, with exceptional corrosion resistance for very low maintenance and longevity. Dr Wei Fang from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, U.S., followed with a presentation entitled ‘Energy Savings from External Sunscreens: Design Options for China’.
During the afternoon, leading engineering firms and industry experts spoke about other aspects of stainless steel in sustainable construction, including the development of a standard for stainless steel in Architecture, Building and Construction (ABC) applications, and lifecycle environmental impact assessment for steel products.
“China is an important market for stainless steel,” said Dr Ronchi. “This flagship conference, co-organized by Chinese Society for Urban Studies, China Green Building Council and Eco-City Research Committee of China, under the auspices of the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Development, is the leading sustainable building event in China. Ninety delegates representing 65 organizations attended, including architectural companies, design and research institutes, real estate developers and curtain wall fabricators. The questionnaire returned at the end of the session clearly confirmed their interest in further similar events,” said Mr Ronchi.
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