The German-Chinese information campaign GENIUS provides decision-makers in China with handy information how to plan sustainable schools buildings, save costs and resources and encourage the well-being of teachers and pupils alike. Although today the Chinese government is promoting sustainable building, many architects, owners and decision-makers in China still focus on aesthetics and size alone without giving much thought to integrating user needs.
A dream could come true
The dream of comfortable and healthy learning environments in smart class rooms could soon come true for Chinese pupils, teachers and school masters. Supported by Germany´s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), urban planning experts of the network GENIUS are now reaching out to Chinese decision-makers to raise awareness of the benefits of a sustainable planning culture for buildings in China.
In this way, GENIUS invited Chinese education professionals, decision-makers, headmasters, planners, architects, engineers and operators to join the network´s workshops on integrated and sustainable design for school buildings that took place in Shanghai, 26 -27 Sept 2017.
“In our workshops in China we show that it is worth it for users and managers to take the time to plan every building individually and to coordinate the different technologies in a building”, says Dr. Dirk Schwede, Leader of the German-Chinese network GENIUS. “Up till now, buildings in China are usually subject to less intensive planning compared to Germany, and technologies like solar protection, insulation, heating and cooling or lightning are often arranged separately – with many negative effects for the users and managers.”
Better schools, better cities
In fact, numerous scientific findings show that sustainable buildings can be managed and marketed more effectively, that they last longer, save on energy and resources, protect the environment and climate and result in happier users and managers. Careful planning has also proven to help avoiding unnecessary costs caused by oversize purchases and above all creates a long-term positive investment in the sustainability of cities.
Many young Chinese architects and engineers are aware of the benefits of planning smartly because they study “Sustainable construction” at universities. But only very few graduates get the opportunity to use their expertise and system knowledge in applied building projects in China. Up till now, many architects, owners and decision-makers in China still focus on aesthetics and size alone without giving much thought to integrating user needs.
To help bringing about a change in architectural planning culture in China, GENIUS has set up a social media newsgroup at WeChat to provide support with best practices and in depth information on sustainable buildings and funding opportunities from Germany and China.