The Chinese government has decided to build 10 million apartments every year in the following three years to meet the demand of those who cannot afford the market price of housing as one of the ways to alleviate the high housing price.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told journalists at the press conference at the end of the National People's Congress on Monday that this was a good opportunity for the government to build energy-efficient housing.
As a leader in charge of energy-saving, reducing emissions and dealing with climate change, Premier Wen Jiabao always bears in mind how to implement these measures into various areas of national economic construction. He is right. Since many commercial houses have been built, it was difficult to put energy-saving measures into action because the construction was already completed.
Now, as the government is planning to build, it is really a good chance to build ecologically friendly, energy-efficient apartments. Why?
First, the timing is good. Since the construction is in its planning stage, the government can adopt high energy-efficient and ecologically friendly standards in construction. How to deal with wastewater treatment, building pipes and sorting waste, recycling and reusing, all these measures should be planned then built into the apartments with other construction works.
Chen Xuefei is a freelance journalist who focuses on sustainable development.
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