buildings_settlementZero Emission Buildings China (ZEB China)

The project supports the decarbonization of China’s building sector, which is the biggest in the world, with Switzerland’s leading know-how on sustainable construction working with Chinese partners on upgrading building standards, advising demonstration projects and enhancing capacities of local authorities, professionals as well as university students.


China and Switzerland

Project Period:

Inception phase: 22.06. – 31.10.2020

Phase 1: 15.03.2021 – 28.02.2025

Services Provided:

Skat and intep jointly manage all project activities of the Sino-Swiss project consortium. In addition, Skat provides technical expert knowledge on zero-emission design and construction as well as the expertise on capacity building strategies.

Name of Client:

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Name of Partner Organisation(s):

  • Intep as implementing partner,
  • China Academy of Building Research (CABR/CABEE),
  • Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD)
  • Swiss Green Buildings Association (SGB),
  • Empa and HSLU (technical backstopping),

Name of Staff involved and functions performed:

Wesley Wojtas, Team leader and advisor in circular construction / circular economy

Silas Markert, Environmental capacity building advisor

Daniel Wyss, Low-carbon building design expert

Description of the Project:

Main objectives: The overall project impact aims at the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions enabling a carbon neutral development of the building sector in China by sharing Swiss know-how on sustainable and zero emission building.

Services provided: Skat and intep jointly manage all project activities of the Sino-Swiss consortium while Skat focuses on making available Swiss expertise. The teams of intep/Skat, backstoppers and sub-contractors carry out joint research with Chinese experts on building standards, provide technical assistance to the design, construction and certification of zero emission demonstration projects, and strengthen capacity building for Chinese stakeholders including local authorities, professionals and university students.

Results and products: in the ongoing project phase, a series of zero-emission demo projects are under construction and will be built until the end of the project, knowledge transfer was facilitated and a zero emission building standard for China containing Swiss know-how was published.