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Chinese City Picks Home-Grown Energy Management Firm

Linda Hardesty

Energy management company Technovator International has been selected to retrofit Chongqing, China’s public buildings to achieve energy savings and to establish a building energy-consumption monitoring platform.

Technovator has recently completed the first phase of work.

As part of the energy reduction goals set in the 12th Five-Year Plan, the government has designated demonstration cities for energy savings, including Chongqing. The city was granted a national energy conservation and pollution reduction special subsidy of $12.7 million and a national special subsidy of $2.3 million.

Chongqing is one of the first cities selected to retrofit government office buildings and large-scale public buildings. It is expected that Chongqing will have retrofitted public buildings occupying 4.5 million square meters by 2015.

Technovator has developed a city-level service platform monitoring energy consumption for seven types of buildings as demonstration projects in Chongqing, including building complexes, office buildings, hotels, shopping malls, hospitals, stadiums and schools. Technovator has already completed energy consumption monitoring for nearly 200 large-scale public buildings as well as energy conservation transformation of more than 300,000 square meters. Major projects implementing these solutions include the Yingli International Financial Centre, the Bank of Chongqing and Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences. All these projects achieved an energy savings rate of over 25 percent. It is expected that Technovator will provide energy saving management services for buildings of more than 2 million square meters in Chongqing by 2015.

Technovator offers energy-saving software for building environments under two brands: Techcon in China and Distech Controls in its overseas markets of Canada, France, Singapore and the US.

Because of the 12th Five Year Plan, Chinese builders, in general, are becoming more interested in energy efficiency, and that will have two benefits: energy savings for buildings and a boon for thermal envelope manufacturers, according to Lux Research.



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