The New Challenge of Architecture Design – Zero Net Carbon Professional Training Program

The Paris Agreement establishes the target to keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels. The building sector is responsible for about 1/3 GHG emissions globally. To achieve the Paris Agreement, it is crucial to reduce the energy consumption and GHG emissions of the building sector.

To accommodate an urban population that is expected to reach one billion by the year 2030, China is adding roughly two billion square meters of new buildings annually. It is more important than ever to train Chinese design professionals in the principles, tools, and processes that deliver highly efficient, carbon neutral buildings and developments.

In October 2015, 52 Chinese local design institutes and international architecture and planning firms signed the China Accord, setting “carbon neutral or near carbon neutral” as the design standard for all new building projects in China. The China Exploration and Design Association Architecture Branch (CEDAAB) and Architecture 2030 have since established Zero Net Carbon (ZNC) as a necessary and achievable goal for Chinese building practice. The China ZNC Professional Training Program builds on this established commitment and momentum towards Zero Net Carbon.


Project Goals

The China ZNC Professional Training Program will be the first ever to prepare architects, building sector professionals, and future trainers from all parts of China in the design of Zero Net Carbon buildings and developments.

Unlike most green building training programs being offered so far, this program is principally targeted at empowering architects to lead in the design process by providing them with sustainable design principles and case studies. Not only will participants learn about ways to achieve green building certifications, they will also understand the rationale behind different sustainable design strategies, and be able to confidently deploy informed analysis and well- integrated design strategies to cost-effectively reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.

This training event, along with provided course materials and learning resources, is intended to facilitate the development of future professional training and education programs through CEDAAB, universities, local design institutes, international firms and other organizations throughout China.

The two and a half-day China ZNC Professional Training Program will be held in Shanghai on September 20-22, 2017and is organized by Architecture 2030 in partnership with the Zero Carbon Green Building Technology Promotional Committee of the CEDAAB, hosted by Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.



The China ZNC Professional Training program will provide 200+ professionals with the answers to the following questions:

• What can we, as architects, do in response to climate change?
• What is the design process for ZNC buildings and urban developments?
• How is iterative energy modeling critical to achieving energy targets?
• Which design strategies will be most effective for a given climate zone?
• How can passive strategies minimize or even eliminate the need for mechanical systems in buildings?
• What is the role of on-site and off-site renewable energy sources in achieving ZNC targets?

Certificates will be awarded to participants of the full 2.5-day training.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Registration has now opened. Interested parties please contact



Zero Carbon Green Building Technology Promotional Committee of the CEDAAB

Architecture 2030 LLC



Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd






Supporting Organizations

Energy Foundation

AIA Shanghai

China Passive Building Alliance

Green Initiatives

German Energy Center & College

Shanghai Promotion Center for City of Design


For more information:

China Zero Net Carbon Design Professional Training Program