On March 22nd, 2019, the 2019 (The First) Health Building Conference launched in Beijing. The conference was jointly organized by China Healthy Building Alliance, China Academy of Building Research, Chinese Society for Urban Studies, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, School of Architecture in Tsinghua University, Institute of Environmental Medicine in Peking University, China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce as well as the Physics Branch of Architectural Society of China.
Nearly 300 experts and representatives from the related fields of healthy building industry participated in the meeting. Meng Chong, secretary-general of the Health Building Alliance presided over the meeting. Some of the guests who presented at the conference were: Wang Jun, chairman of China Academy of Building Research; Liu Depei and Hou Lian, academician of China Academy of Engineering; Wang Qingqin, director of Healthy Building Alliance, deputy general manager of China Academy of Building Research; Yao Xiaoyuan, deputy director of Health Building Alliance, deputy director of the Institute of Environment and health related things, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Zhang Yinping, member of Health Building Alliance, professor in School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, director of Beijing Key Laboratory of Indoor Air Quality; He Jingang, chairman of China Gezhouba Real Estate Co. Ltd.; Catriona Brady, head of Healthy Building Group, World Green Building Association (WGBC); Ma Xiuxing, vice president of Healthy Building Alliance, executive vice President of Xiamen Academy of Architectural Sciences Group Co., Ltd.; Kang Jian, vice chairman of Technical Committee of Healthy Building Alliance, Minister of Education, Changjiang Scholar, professor of Architecture College of Harbin University of Technology; Guo Xinbiao, director in the institute of Environmental Medicine, Peking University; Xing Liping, Pwc China Medical and Health Industry Management consulting partner; Zhao Jianping, vice chairman of Technical Committee of Healthy Building Alliance, vice chairman of Building Environment and Energy Conservation Research Institute of China Academy of Building Research; Xie Linna, vice director, Institute of Science and Technology Development, China Academy of Building Research; Zhang Linyong, general manager of Beijing Branch of Sunshine Property Management Co., Ltd. etc.
Speech at the conference
At the beginning of the conference, Wang Jun, chairman of China Academy of Building Research, delivered a speech on behalf of the organizers. He pointed out that the deep integration of the construction industry and the health industry is the inevitable requirement for the implementation of the people-centered concept and the driving force for the high-quality development. The advancement of the healthy construction industry will be the highlight of the development of the construction industry in the new era. China Academy of Building Research has always take promoting the advancement of national construction industry as its own task, adheres to the core values of people-oriented and actively responds to the call of "Healthy China" strategy and high-quality development from scientific research to industrial guidance. It is hoped that the Healthy Building Conference will become a platform to promote the development of the healthy building industry.
Liu Depei, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, former president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and specialist in basic medicine, pointed out in the theme report of Strategic Interpretation of Healthy China, that China is facing severe health challenges, which are also opportunities for healthy industry development. Healthy building will promote the high-quality development of the construction industry, improve the people's healthy living standards, and help the implementation of "Healthy China". The next 15 years will be an important strategic opportunity period to promote the construction of "Healthy China". In this process, healthy building will open a new situation for the development of the construction industry and usher in a higher and faster development in line with the time trend and the actual needs of the people.
Hou Lian, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, director of the Institute of Logistics Science and Technology of the Rocket Army and expert of environmental engineering, presented a theme report named Indoor Air Quality Control in Healthy China. The presentation talked that in view of the current problems of indoor air pollution, China needs to vigorously promote healthy buildings, develop indoor air pollution purification technologies, prevent and control indoor air pollution in a multi-pronged manner. He pointed out that the control of indoor air quality in "Healthy China" needs to implement the 13th Five-Year Plan of energy saving and emission reduction, and strengthen the control of air pollution sources. Academician Hou said that promoting healthy buildings is a realistic need to improve people's livelihood. Mitigating indoor pollution from the source is the basic guarantee to achieve "Healthy China". Under this grand vision and the joint efforts of the nation, society, enterprises and every one of us, healthy buildings will definitely have broad prospects.
In theme report Overall Situation of Healthy Building Development, Wang Qingqin, chairman of Healthy Building Alliance and deputy general manager of China Academy of Building Research said that in a short period of two years, healthy building industry has made achievements in organization construction, standard system development, project practice, academic promotion, international cooperation expansion and information platform promotion etc. In the future, industry practitioners will work together to promote the construction of "Healthy China" through interactive cooperation, implementation of research projects, improvement of standard preparation, initiation of various international cooperation, and the promotion of renovation projects.
Yao Xiaoyuan, deputy director of Health Building Alliance, deputy director of the National Institute of Environment and Health, CDC, pointed out in the theme report of "Discussion on the Construction of Healthy Public Places" that the construction of healthy public places in China should focus on the concept of health, toward a more comfortable, healthier, safer and more humanistic direction. Meanwhile, it is necessary to support and promote the healthy public building industry.
On December 6th, 2018, the Construction21 International "Green Solutions Award" award ceremony was held in Katowitz, Poland, where the 24th United Nations Climate Change Conference was held, unveiled the global shortlisted projects, which include 8 projects from China. At the Healthy Building Conference, these 8 finalists were presented the certificates of the "Green Solutions Award".
To promote the full integration of industry, education and research in the healthy building industry, China Academy of Building Research and China Gezhouba Group Real Estate Co., Ltd. reached consensus on health building technology research, standard system establishment, project practice and professional and technical personnel training. They also signed the cooperation strategy and unveiled the nameplate of "Healthy Building Joint Innovation Lab".
Zhang Yinping, professor at the School of Architecture of Tsinghua University, presented the theme report "Key Technologies and Applications of Indoor Air Quality Assessment and Control". From this presentation, he mentioned that indoor air quality in China faces both inner and outer aspects of problems, which may seriously endanger people's health. Aiming at these issues, a new VOC pollution source measurement, evaluation and control system was established in recent studies. The air purification equipment and its performance evaluation technology and were developed and had been applied in indoor air quality engineering design and operation evaluation. The development of healthy buildings requires interdisciplinary cooperation and it is hoped that practitioners from universities, research institutes and enterprises will work together to solve problems in the field of healthy construction.
In the theme report named “Introduction to the World Green Building Council (WGBC) and Air Quality Action Plan”, Catriona Brady, head of the Healthy Buildings Business at the World Green Building Council (WGBC), mentioned that the WGBC and the Climate and Clean Air Alliance will carry out a building air quality campaign and call for national actions from 2020. Catriona Brady also proposed specific solutions for a range of stakeholders.
At present, more than 3 million square meters of projects have been planned or put into operation in the field of healthy buildings. In order to popularize the concept of healthy building and display scientific and technological achievements. Healthy Building Industry Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance selected several outstanding projects and awarded them the title of “Healthy Building Demonstration Base” for demonstration and education. The four selected projects are: China Petroleum Building, Zhong Heng Design Group R&D Center Building, Landsea New West Suburb Project as well as Foshan Contemporary Wanguo MOMA Project. The ceremony of issuing the title "Healthy Building Demonstration Base" was held on the spot of this conference.
Ma Xiuxing, vice chairman of the Healthy Building Alliance and executive vice president of Xiamen Academy of Building Research Group, introduced the progress of waste classification work in Xiamen in the theme report of “Methods and Effects of Kitchen Waste Treatment in Green Residential Areas in Xiamen”. She made a comparative analysis of three different kitchen waste treatment systems--household kitchen waste treatment system, terminal centralized system and centralized garbage disposal system, which may provide reference for the disposal of kitchen waste in green residential areas.
Kang Jian, deputy director of the Healthy Building Alliance Committee, Chang Jiang Scholars and professor of the School of Architecture of Harbin Institute of Technology, presented in the theme report of "Soundscape Design" that the soundscape is not the traditional commonsense of noise controlling, but the relationship among the sense of hearing, the listener, the acoustic environment and the society. In soundscape design, ambient sound should be regarded as “resources” rather than “waste”, that is, considering the favorable sound source while reducing noise and creating an overall sound environment that is more conducive to human health.
In the theme report of “Effects of different particle size indoor particles on cardiovascular risk indicators in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease”, Guo Xinbiao, director of the Institute of Environmental Medicine of Peking University, introduced the current status of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in China. There are nearly 100 million patients in China who are suffering chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and the prevalence rate of adults over 40 years old in these patients was as high as 13.7%. Studies showed that particulate matter has a significant impact on this disease: the smaller the particle size, the greater the impact. Therefore, the controlling of particulate matter is essential in ensuring indoor air quality.
Xing Liping, Pwc China Healthcare Industry Management consulting partner, predicted the development trend of healthy real estate in the theme report of “Real Estate and Health: Exploring the New Direction of Cross-border Transformation of Housing Enterprises”. The rise of new technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and “Internet +” will set off changes in the health industry and increase the level of intelligence in diagnosis and treatment. The emergence of new models and new formats such as Medical Mall, third-party image inspection as well as nursing O2O has brought more possibilities to healthy real estate. Tools such as REITs and CMBS will broaden the financing channels, so that the real estate will bid farewell to the past “barbaric growth” and develop into professional and refined operations in this healthy environment.
Zhao Jianping, deputy director of the Technical Committee of the Healthy Building Alliance, vice president of the Institute of Building Environment and Energy Conservation of the China Academy of Building made a speech of “Healthy Lighting—New Thinking and New Challenges in Light Environment”. He pointed out that the non-visual effects and other physiological research results give new meaning to lighting and the rapid development of LED and intelligent control technology makes it possible to realize healthy lighting. Exploring the mechanism of lighting impact on people's mind and body, cross-border integration and the combination of related emerging technologies will be an important direction for future development. It is expected that China's lighting will lead the development of world lighting technology.
In the theme report of "Healthy Building Elements and Realization Paths", Xie Linna, deputy director of the Institute of Science and Technology Development of China Academy of Building Research, introduced the background of healthy buildings, six healthy building elements of air, water, comfort, fitness, humanities and services. This keynote speech comprehensively explained the ways to achieve healthy building technologies such as clean air, quality water and comfortable environment. In general, the construction of healthy building requires the participation of designers, builders, developers, and operators.
Zhang Linyong, general manager of CNPC Sunshine Property Management Co., Ltd. Beijing Branch, presented in the report of "China Petroleum Building Healthy Building Practice Case Sharing" that China Petroleum Building has applied more than 30 advanced technologies and facilities to improve the building health level and meet the humanized needs of all types of personnel for safety, environmental protection, health, convenience, intelligence and comfort, ensuring that all types of personnel can be healthy. It enables all people to work in a healthy and comfortable environment, which improves work efficiency and indirectly improves the economic benefits of the company.
In the theme report of “Material Innovation to Build Healthy Buildings and Meet People's Happy Life”, Dang Lianjun, executive vice president of Beixin Green Building Research Institute, said that the development of healthy buildings in the future will be promoted through technology research and the improvement of the building materials performance.