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Greenbacks for Green Buildings: Energy Efficiency Financing in China

Greenbacks for Green Buildings: Energy Efficiency Financing in China

As China urbanizes, and workers move from factories to offices, the construction and operation of buildings will account for a growing share of Chinese cities’ energy consumption and carbon emissions.

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Best Practices: Working with Chinese Design Institutes

Best Practices: Working with Chinese Design Institutes

When a foreign company wants to construct a new building in China, it is required to work with a so-called “design institute,” a Chinese company that must approve every part of the design. Although this is ostensibly a simple process, US companies have found a number of challenges that frequently arise when working with design institutes. These can include theft or misappropriation of intellectual property (IP), requirements to procure from specific vendors, and poor service.

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