International Research Centre for Low Carbon Green Building and Eco-Cities

Project Overview

The aim of the International Research Centre is to carry out joint research by exploring research funding and academic exchanges in education and training among partner universities.


Recently, the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) promoting the development of green buildings and eco-cities through the expansion of UK-China research cooperation (UK China Working Group). The Working Group comprises over thirty UK companies, which is a unique built environment industrial group. Inspired by this initiative, we propose to set up an International Research Centre for Green Buildings and Eco-cities to encourage the UK and Chinese academics to share experiences and explore possible fundamental solutions to the problems of green building and eco-cities.

Key Objectives

  • To establish a world-class international platform for green building and eco-city research;
  • Through a training and exchange programme, encourage and develop young professionals seeking a career within the sustainable built environment;
  • To promote international collaborative work among partners;
  • To develop new research projects through national and international funding bodies;
  • To organise international workshops and conferences for dissemination of research outputs.


Cardiff University, UK
China Academy of Building Research, China
Chongqing University, China
Loughborough University, UK
Tsinghua University, China
University of Cambridge , UK

Research outputs

  1. 1. An intention of Research Collaboration has been signed by partners.
  2. An international Conference on Sustainable Development in Built Environment has been held in Chongqing, China in 2011

Journal papers, conference /workshop presentations

1. Short, C.A., Yao, R., Luo, G. and Li, B. (2012) Exploiting a hybrid environmental design strategy in the continental climate of Beijing. International Journal of Ventilation, 11 (2). ISSN 1473-3315 (In Press)

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