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Arup aims to tighten China’s building regs

Arup is to design a series of zero carbon buildings in China to UK standards in a bid to convince the country to enforce tighter sustainability regulations

The London-headquartered firm has set out to raise the bar in the fast growing Far East nation to allow it to capitalise on its expertise in environment-friendly projects.

Arup is designing a visitors’ centre for an Innovation Park being developed south-west of Beijing by Chinese firm Vanke in conjunction with the British Research Establishment.

Chris Twinn, director and fellow of Arup, told AJ: ‘We would like this scheme to be zero carbon. We are at the early design stages and hope to be on site in June 2012.’

He added: ‘We will be working on similar projects elsewhere over the next three years. We are hoping for UK standards of zero carbon.’

Twinn said the UK was 20 years ahead of China in sustainable development. He added: ‘[Some] projects are similar to what we were doing in the UK in the late 1980s.’

One in four Arup employees is now based in China and the firm is hoping to show the Chinese government that higher standards can and should be achieved.

It hopes that the exemplar projects it is working on will convince the government to enforce higher standards of zero carbon and sustainability through building regulations.

Among the steps it intends to take are to take into account user energy and embedded energy when calculating zero carbon.

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