1 Overall benefit
It is the best time to help China to mitigate the Global warming by the
increasing Green House Gas emission, since the fact we could not neglect: the
buildings sector of China will exceed 30% total energy consumption by 2010
with the existing building area of 40 billion m2 and new construction annually
2 billion m2. By year 2015, half of the world’s new building construction will
take place in China. Furthermore, VTT has one of the best teams in the world
regarding the development of the eco efficient solutions for urbanization.
In addition, EESCU project will be the extension of eCiTe project, which is
funded by Tekes to tighten, test and promote the network and collaboration
established by eCiTe project with added value. In addition, the EESCU project
can improve the competence and capability of Finnish individual building &
environmental company significantly to compete with other international giant
counterparts, e.g. from USA, UK, Germany, France and Japan.
2 Benefit for society
The EESCU project aims at a significant cut of energy consumption by providing
a wide range of eco efficient solutions to Chinese building sector together
with Chinese partners. The pay-back period of those eco efficient solutions is
estimated as 5–8 years. However, it is not always easy to understand in
beforehand the consequences of different solutions in different areas with
various economic conditions. New concept and knowledge of eco strategies in
urbanization will help the community and building owners in realising their
dreams about better building environment and better life.
The current research project aims at integrating client needs in the
construction process and adding values to the processes and outcomes of the
specific sector. The most significant benefits for society are listed below.
Clean environment: The reduction in energy consumption will reduce the CO2
emissions, and subsequently the greenhouse effect.
Better living comfort: Cool offices in the summer, with minimum energy.
Increase in employment: At this time, there is a huge lack in the market for
engineers and building specialists who know how to design and construct
buildings and district by eco efficient solutions.
More independency from high energy prices.
Moreover, the LCA results will help the development of new business concept
regarding the implementation of novel cooling strategies. The service also has
to cover funding aspects in order to cover all the needs of the office owners.
Many actors could see interest in developing such a business: Entrepreneurs,
Building material retail chain, Joint cooperation of building products
suppliers, Architect/building engineering companies, ESCOs (Energy Service
3 Benefit for Finnish industry
During the period of visit in Dalian and Shanghai in China 12-19.09.2010, two
MoU were signed by VTT, Tongji University and real estate companies regarding
the demonstration of EESCU project. The demonstration will provide chances for
companies to show the high performance of their products in Chinese markets
without intensive price competition. By attending this project, Finnish
companies will get right to access to VTT multifunctional consortium and
project alliances aiming at feasible and bankable High-Tech EcoCity projects,
can find suitable business partners with the social and technical support of
Chinese Universities, will be aware of available technologies, models and
services for High-Tech EcoCity in Chinese markets, will be familiar to
specified needs for product development for local business environment, and
links and contacts to Chinese companies, research organizations and
authorities, and will have lowered risk to penetrate Chinese market.
This project will bring a wide social and technological network with a large
amount of markets opportunities to Finnish companies. The markets
opportunities will be provide by Chinese partners with local governmental and
industrial support specified in Table 1and Table 2. Finnish companies will
attend those workshops and seminars organized in the project. In the
demonstration part, Finnish companies will be involved in implementation of
Eco Efficient solution collaborated with Chinese partners.
4 Benefit for future research and development
The meaning of the project for future R&D regarding science and technology is
to find cost efficient technological solutions replace low-tech applications
and to show the ways to get sustainable development in China by demonstrations
for the future. The project also will find ways to approach the sustainable
development in the fast urbanizations in China, which is a pattern of resource
use that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that
these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for future
The eco efficient solutions will be in line with the principle of the
sustainable development, which ties together concern for the carrying capacity
of natural systems with the social challenges facing humanity. The field of
sustainable development can be conceptually broken into three constituent
parts: environmental sustainability, economic sustainability and
5 Relevance for the Finnish business sector
When the owners of real estate, companies and buildings have an easy access to
the eco efficiency improvement measures, they will choose these options more
often, which in turn will increase the sustainability of the society. This
project serves as a project incubator for co-operation between the Chinese and
Finnish industries and stakeholders to promote the Finnish industry to be
successful in China regarding the EcoCity/Village project development. The
project aims at environmentally, ethically and economically sustainable
co-operation between the Finnish and Chinese research institutes and
industries. The main benefits for Finnish industries are:
to access to VTT multifunctional consortium and project alliances aiming at
feasible and bankable High-Tech EcoCity projects
to be aware of available technologies, models and services for projects
development implementing the concept of High-Tech EcoCity in China
to be familiar to specified needs for product development for local business
environment, and links and contacts to Chinese companies, research
organizations and authorities.
lowered risk to penetrate Chinese market
A Finnish industry delegation leaded by VTT visited Dalian and Shanghai in
China, 12-19.9.2010, to prompts Finnish-Chinese business network in terms of
integrated building system solutions. Two technological workshops were
organized in Dalian and Shang by Chinese local universities, DUT and Tongji.
The visit is belonging to one VTT project, eCiTe project, which is funded by
Tekes - the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation. As the
extension of the eCiTe project, Eco Efficient Solutions for China’s
Urbanization (EESCU) is prepared and developed together with Chinese-Finnish
partners in the two workshops during the period of visit. The feedback of
eCiTe workshops in Dalian and Shanghai just proved the relevance of EESCU
project for Finnish business sector.