China : Sustainable Homebuilding

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  • Having overtaken the U.S. as the world's biggest polluter, China is now responsible for 11 percent of all greenhouse gas production. Can the country reduce its carbon footprint without slowing its unprecedented economic growth? This program shows how that question is playing out in the Chinese construction industry, highlighting the creation and practical application of new homebuilding standards. Collaboration between French and Chinese experts has led to groundbreaking insulation techniques-illustrated here in conversations with architects, site managers, building residents, and instructors in the sustainable development program at the Wuhan University of Science and Technology.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on July 04, 2010.
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  • Focus in Energy Efficiency in China (1:58) -- Sustainable Urban Development in China (3:37) -- New Construction in China (2:40) -- Energy Efficiency Standards (2:17) -- Energy Efficiency Market in China (2:14) -- Teaching Sustainable Development (2:07) -- Energy Efficiency Research Project (1:46) -- Bio Gas Initiative in China (4:02) -- Energy in Rural China (2:14) -- French Energy Saving Technology (3:50)
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