Shanghai won first place in the 2016 China Top Ten Green Building Cities ranking, with 38 three-star, 64 two-star and 18 one-star green building design evaluation labels. Beijing followed second, and Shenzhen third.
The Green Building Evaluation Criteria are national level recommendations, issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development. The evaluation uses a star rating method to evaluate green buildings. The ranking is based on the number of design evaluation labels each major Chinese city earned through the star level labeling system in 2015. Shanghai's green building development is no longer limited to tourism areas and splendid public architecture.
Shanghai won the first place in both three-star and two-star design evaluation label categories, including splendid public architectures (i.e., Shanghai Stock Exchange, Shanghai World Expo Museum) and high quality residential buildings (i.e., Da-ning-jin-mao-fu). In the "2015 China Mainland's Best Cities for Startups" ranking, Shanghai came in fourth place.
Shanghai also occupies the first position in the "2015 China Mainland's Wealthiest 50 Cities" ranking. It is one of the ten financial centers in the world and is the most developed city in China. The eastern metropolis attracts investments from all over the world. Most multinational companies have high standards for office and residential environments and high requirements related to the protection of the environment, which have accelerated Shanghai's green building development.
However, Shanghai did not enter the ranking of "2015 China's Top 50 Oxygen Bar Cities." The ranking uses "Oxygen Bar" as a unit indicating a city's air quality. As a mega-metropolis, Shanghai has been facing severe ecological stress. Therefore the city needs to further accelerate its green building development, to lower energy costs and to reduce pollution.
Although green building has followed a fast development pace in China, in the recent years, it still has a long way to go in comparison with other developed countries (i.e., Europe, USA, and Japan). In China, residential developers lack passion for green building development, and house buyers are not fully aware of the benefits of green buildings. Additionally, industries in the energy, utilities, finance and media sectors could also be far more supportive. China's green building development still has a long way to go, and is in need of support from both government and society.
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