China Policy Brief


In China, several local governments, like Shanghai and Beijing, developed building energy efficiency labels. But a national program, based on the  Civil Building Energy Efficiency Regulation, was launched in 2008. The regulation legally requires that the energy performance of new government-owned office buildings or large public buildings should be rated and labeled. 
The building labeling program is administred by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rual Development (MOHURD). It is only mandatory for four types of buildings:
      • New government-owned office buildings or large public buildings
      • Existing buildings (of the type listed above) that apply for government funding to subsidize energy retrofits
      • State or provincial energy efficiency demonstration buildings
      • Buildings that apply for National Green Building Labels 
The MOHURD rating program has five levels, from one star to five stars, and covers both residential and non-residential buildings. It also is unique in its inclusion of both asset and operational ratings.

Law: Civil Building Energy Efficiency Regulation

Enacted: 2008

Implementation: 2010

Rating Tool: MOHURD Building Energy Label



Disclosure: Public

Building Type: Government office buildings, Public buildings

Rating Type: Asset and Operational



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