Natural Resource Consumption
The plan includes a massive program aimed at cutting the energy consumption of new buildings in urban areas by 50% by 2010, with even steeper reductions mandated for major cities like Beijing. Currently, 10 buildings housing the major ministries in Beijing, including the Ministry of Construction, are being refurbished under the program. Plans call for other government buildings to be upgraded once the first group is complete.
Many of the new high-rise office buildings under construction in China are being showcased for their use of green building techniques. The Pearl River Tower, a 69-storyoffice building in Guanzhou, could become the greenest building ever constructed. Its designers claim it will produce more energy than it consumes. Prior to that, foreign companies were only approved to work in China on a project-by-project basis, and then only as part of a joint venture. The contracts must be valued at less than $12million, however, which effectively keeps the company out of most projects. In a broader move, the Ministry of Construction announced in May 2010 that all foreign and domestic companies could bid on railway projects.