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published: 31/5/2012

BRE strengthens collaboration with Shanghai Research Institute

A senior level delegation from the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality and Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science (SRIBS) visited BRE yesterday to renew an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in light of the city’s focus on sustainable growth.

BRE and SRIBS will be collaborating on a number of key areas including the development of green building standards for eco-cities, waste management, air quality, construction process efficiency and sustainable refurbishment.

Signing the MoU at the BRE Innovation Park

Photo: Seated centre, BRE CEO Dr Peter Bonfield and Mr Zhu Lei, Deputy Director of the Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science  (SRIBS) as they sign the MOU

BRE Director Jaya Skandamoorthy who leads on BRE’s initiatives in China said ‘Our renewed collaboration will facilitate a new era of knowledge exchange on the built environment between the UK and China – we are looking forward to working with and learning from our Chinese colleagues’.

With a population of 23 million and a GDP of $297 billion (2011), Shanghai has become a key international, financial, trade and shipping centre which has created significant sustainability challenges for its built environment.

Prof Shou Ziqi, the Chairman of the Science & Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, said ‘Ecological and environmental issues are vital topics for the built environment and the people who inhabit it. The collective expertise of both partners will, help create a more sustainable built environment for future generations’

Mr Zhu Lei, the Deputy Director of SRIBS, said ‘I hope this MOU will strengthen the collaboration between BRE and SRIBS so we can accelerate the development of greener buildings and communities in Shanghai’

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