Green Building Demands and Understanding "Trust" Factor in Achieving New Quality Construction Standards in China Spotlighted at Seeder Sponsored Workshop

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Industry Leading Thinkers Gather to Set the Stage for a New Era of Standards, Best Practices and Sustainability, Driven by an Online Networking Platform Being Developed by Seeder, a Start-up Already Making Headway in China

Connecting innovative quality construction service providers with China developers

The challenge is to connect the best qualified service providers with the needs of developers, and that's where we can effect real improvement."

China's quest to build a stronger future with higher quality construction and more sustainable methods requires solid expertise and trust. That is the conclusion of the industry gathering at Seeder’s education and networking workshop for developers held last week.

Seeder.cc is an online network connecting project owners and developers with uniquely skilled, qualified and relevant designers, engineers and consulting-related services.

The gathering was co-sponsored by K. Wah International, a skyscraper developer based in in Shanghai, whose management has tapped the Seeder network of professional service providers to find ways to improve the operational efficiency of their buildings.

The invited professionals participating were specifically screened by Seeder to ensure they could address K. Wah’s specific requirements.

Alessandro Bisagni from BEE inc, a Shanghai and Hong Kong-based sustainable engineering consultancy and sourcing company, addressed government subsidies per square meter for buildings certified under the China Three Star green building label. "The Shanghai Government will be investing up to 10 million RMB for selected green building projects," said Bisagni. "As the government’s interest in sustainable development rises, so do the incentives available for green buildings."

Seeder.cc organizers posed several questions that framed the discussions. What are the benefits and options are available? Who can we trust to offer these services? Which solutions are practical and a good fit for me?

Louie Cheng from Pure Living China, a Shanghai-based consultancy for indoor environmental quality, addressed the issue of indoor air pollutants and the hazards for tenants. "The solution for maximum impact is an indoor air quality monitoring system that would allow tenants to individually view the statistics from their smart phone and to see a real difference in the air that they breathe indoors," suggested Cheng.

Indoor environmental quality is an important part of human health and safety as well as a credit within USGBC’s LEED building certification system, which is helping to make this a higher priority in new building projects. "After incentives like the China Three Star credits in place, the challenge is to connect the best qualified service providers with the needs of developers, and that's where we can effect real impact," said Seeder's Alex Shoer, who is leading the business development of the Seeder.cc network.

"With an ultra-competitive market for commercial office space in Shanghai, it is necessary to be able to find ways to keep existing tenants happy, to attract new tenants, and keep operating costs down," added Shoer.

”We are looking for solutions to reduce our water and electricity bills, which is why we work together with Seeder,” said Grace Ming, General Assistant Manager of the K Wah Centre.

Recommendations from the panel to provide new solutions ranged from developing 10-year energy plans, to undergoing an energy audit, to incorporating energy and air monitoring systems. Raul Risco, an Engineer from Hybrid M Engineering, elaborated on a system of storing energy at night in fluid. "This solution alone could reduce total energy consumption by 50%," said Risco.

China's quest to find the best service providers requires a new approach to establishing quality, trust and cross-border communication, concluded the panelists. 

ABOUT SEEDER

Seeder’s goal is to reduce barriers to finding and implementing practical and sustainable solutions for the built environment in China. Seeder organizes targeted gatherings, refers relevant services, and is developing an online platform to find the best service providers and to do so at scale. 

Buildings are the largest user of resources worldwide, consuming 40% of energy, 30% of steel and cement, and 20% of potable water - green building solutions can change this for the better.

Learn more by visiting http://www.seeder.cc. Create an account to view service providers and engage with professionals. Contact at info(at)seeder(dot)cc.

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