By Julia Beabout, PE
On the last official day of the trade mission, the some delegates returned to Beijing for follow-up meetings with the NDRC while the rest of the delegation traveled to Changzhou to learn about the Sustainable Energy Business District (SEBIZ) project known as the Wujin Industrial Zone (WIZ). In cooperation with the US Department of Energy, numerous energy efficiency improvement measures have been identified in the existing WIZ buildings. US and Chinese energy efficiency solution providers are now being matched with these opportunities.
Trade mission delegates had the opportunity to interview and connect with the WIZ buyers and government officials in charge of the project.
Changzhou is located in Jiangsu Province which is just north of Shanghai. Forbes has ranked Changzhou among the top 10 cities to do business. Its chief industries are mechanical, electrical automobile and textile manufacturing. Changzhou is recognizable by its famous lotus flower building which houses the Wujin District Planning Exhibition Hall. The building has appeared in notable architectural media around the world. The building is beautiful inside and out.
Following the Exhibition Hall tour, we were given a tour of the district’s new Low Carbon Town. This is a pedestrian friendly, residential development that incorporates sustainable features such as roof mounted PV arrays, rain water collection, water conservation, and a semi-passive solar heating and air conditioning system in the site’s community building.