Chinese business leader discusses sustainable building

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, 4:30 p.m. · Friend Center Convocation Room

Zhang Yue, one of China's best-known business leaders and an advocate of sustainable building practices, will deliver a lecture titled "A Sustainable Building Revolution: Chinese-Style" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Friend Center Convocation Room.

Zhang is the chairman of Broad Air Conditioning and vice chair of the United Nations Environment Program's Sustainable Buildngs and Climate Initiative. In his role with the U.N. initiative, he drafted a proposal earlier this year for indicators and measurements to create a standard for building energy efficiency.

Zhang will show a short movie about the sustainable building that was erected at the Broad corporate campus in Changsha, Hunan Province. He also will speak on the fundamental principles of energy-efficient buildings, the economic and environmental value of non-electric air conditioning, his U.N. work and his vision of creating a sustainable building revolution.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations and the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education.

Here is an article by James Fallows from the Atlantic magazine talking
about Broad: