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WSA's Chinese Connection

In the past five years, WSA has extended its link with Chinese universities and organisations in Xi'an, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Jinzhou etc.. Such a link is strengthened by joint research projects including EU Asia Pro Eco project "Sustainable Urban Housing: strengthening capacity in policy formulation and implementation in the city of Xi'an"; Leverhulme Trust funded "International Network: Sustainable Building Design and Operation with Tianjin University, and EPSRC funded Network for China-UK Building and Urban Sustainability (nCUBUS).

A timeline of WSA's activities in China

Since 90's, WSA has been worked with Hong Kong Polytechnic University on building sustainability, and directly involved in the development of HK BEAM (Hong Kong Building Environmental Assessment Method) and Hong Kong Housing Authority funded project "Development of Environment Responsive Façade Engineering to enhance Liveability, Sustainability and Energy Conservation in Optimised Design of Public Housing".

In early 2000, WSA started research collaboration with Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, funded through the UK Royal Society, and investigated ventilation and energy use in buildings in China.

In 2004, WSA and two Chinese partners Xi'an City Urban-Rural Construction Committee and the Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, together with Austrian Joanneum Research Institute for Sustainable Techniques and Systems, and WWF UK received research funding from European Commission's Asia Pro Eco programme, under its 6th Framework Programme, and carried out the two-year project "Sustainable Urban Housing: strengthening capacity in policy formulation and implementation in the city of Xi'an".

This project intended to strengthen the relevant government body's capacity in policy formulation and implementation in the area of urban housing development, and also encourage the transferring of good building technologies and construction practices. Under the project, A Strategy for Sustainable Housing Development in Xi'an was published. More detailed project information can be found at the project website www.xfiless.com.

In 2005, WSA received a three-year funding from the UK's Leverhulme Trust Foundation to commence an International Network: Sustainable Building Design and Operation with Tianjin University. The aim is to foster the sharing of research experiences and understanding between the two schools, and build up a solid platform for further co-operations.

Each year, different building projects were selected for case study with different focuses. By the third year, the case studies already include Day-lighting analysis of an educational building; Thermal performance simulation and evaluation of high-rise residential buildings in Tianjin; Thermal and energy performance simulation and evaluation of commercial buildings built to a tradition north China court-yard housing style; CFD analysis of and feasibility study of Underground Cooling/Heating systems in an educational building blocks in Shandong; Sustainable master-planning an urban redevelopment in Tianjin. A number of papers have been presented and published in the international conferences and journals.

In 2006, WSA initiated a student exchange program with Shanghai Tongji University. Under this program, students from both schools of architecture work together and exchange visits in the two countries. Each year, a special topic is chosen for students to work on, e.g. in 2006 the topic is "Bauhaus style" involving renovating a Bauhaus style building in a sustainable way, and then "sustainable building skin" in 2007. Part of the students' works can be download from the following booklets.

In 2007, WSA became a partner for the newly established Centre for Housing Industrialisation Research which is led by Shanghai Real Estate and Land Resource Bureau and Vanke Real Estate Developer, and joint-researches on the key technology application and case-study of housing industrialisation.

Since 2006, WSA started working with Atkins China to train its Chinese employees in "Sustainability in Built Environment", and provided consultancy for its projects in Tianjin and Shanghai.

In 2007, WSA joined an EPSRC funded Network for China-UK Building and Urban Sustainability (nCUBUS), partnering with nine UK universities and eight Chinese universities and institutes including Chongqing University, Tsinghua University, Harbin Institution of Technology, Tongji University, Xian University of Architecture and Technology, South China University of Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and China Academy of Building Research. The aim of this project is to provide a platform for universities and institutes from both sides to collaborate, exchange knowledge and experiences, and meanwhile seek further research possibilities. More information can be found at the project website www.ncubus.org.

Subsequently, WSA initiated a visit to the Building Environment and Energy Laboratory (BEEL) at the South China University of Technology in Guangzhou in October. The two sides decided to pursue research collaboration in the area of urban microclimate and thermal environment performance.

In 2007, WSA also started a link with Yangtze University in Jinzhou of Hubei Province. The two schools of architecture agreed to set up formal research link, and a more detailed collaboration plan is in discussion at present.

For more information, please contact :
Yan Wang
Email: wangy3@cardiff.ac.uk
Tel: ++44 29 20876397