On June 20th 2017, enegydesign was invited by the China Renmin Bank Jiangsu Province Headquarter in Nanjing and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) to discuss about energy retrofitting of existing buildings. 13 Branches of Renmin Bank in this province attend the seminar remotely through video stream.
Unter guidance of GIZ and energydesign, the Renmin Bank Zhenjiang Branch Office was audited and retrofitted between 2013 and 2016, resulting in significant improvements for energy savings and user comfort according to measured data and survey.
At the conference held in Nanjing, managing director of energydesign, Dr. Yanping Zhou gave a report about the measures and performance results of the retrofit at Renmin Bank. Measures on insulation, energy-efficient lighting, and the HVAC system have reduced the energy demand of the building significantly. Surveys among the bank's employees have also showed a significant increase in thermal comfort throughout the year, due to the measures.
On a second presentation, Sebastian Schulz gave a lecture on EnergyPLUS building and district developmentand the opportunities for the Chinese market, retrofittingthe local housing stock towards most advanced international standards. The pioneering concept of EnergyPLUS, developed by energydesign's partner Prof. Dr. M. N. Fisch, has been implemented in Germany and is about to enter China, allowing building owners to cover their energy demand and earn profits with the energy surplus generated by renewable energy sources - a concept, which can attract retrofitted and new buildings in China, up to entire urban districts.
China Renmin Bank officials from Jiangsu Province have praised the results of the presentations, but also pointed out further tasks to be done in order to meet all high quality targets. It was announced that further branches of the Renmin Bank in Jiangsu will perform energy audits and retrofits in the near future, learning from the pilot project experiences of the Zhenjiang branch.
energydesign will support the project stakeholders on their journey and looks forward to further assist the energy retrofitting of existing buildings in China.