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China to assume British green construction standards

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Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced that buildings in China could be built to British green construction standards, which would boost the UK supply chain by £200 million. The Chinese government has established a goal of having green buildings account for 30% of new construction projects by 2020.

UK construction firm, Building Research Establishment (BRE), has signed an agreement with the Shenzhen Municipal Government to set up a training and R&D centre that will deliver training on a national scale to other cities and promote its services, including certifying buildings to green construction standards. BRE China aims to certify over 1000 buildings across China to its standards, which will generate £10 million income and could create up to £200 million of work for UK supply chain companies.

Jaya Skandamoorthy, Director of BRE China, commented on the new agreement: “We are excited by the collaboration with the Shenzhen Government and supporting them to achieve their goal to be the greenest city in China. We hope our international standards, research and training programme will provide a platform for leading companies, British and Chinese, to collaborate on green products, technologies and buildings.”

Approximately 10% of people in the UK work in construction-related jobs and the sector accounts for 6.7% of the UK economy. The global construction market is set to grow by 70% by 2025, providing British companies with excellent growth opportunities overseas.

Business Secretary Vince Cable stated: “The UK has a strong competitive edge in building modern and environmentally friendly cities, through our world-class expertise in architecture, consultancy, design, IT and engineering. The green construction market offers a wealth of opportunities for ambitious British firms and the companies in their supply chains wishing to export. I am in China to open doors for those companies and help to lay the groundwork for deals to be signed.”

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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