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ST1-Low energy buildings in different climatic zones
Low-energy buildings must meet the demands of both their regional climate zone and their local ‘micro-climate’.  Climate change will alter these demands. Architects and Designers therefore need to be able to forecast the changing climatic effects of buildings in their actual location.
‘How will the energy needs of buildings vary across the different climatic zones of China and how can we best model and demonstrate these needs?’
 
ST2-Meeting the changing needs for healthy, low-energy buildings
Buildings do not consume energy, it is the people within the buildings and their individual and group needs that determine energy demand. This demand will change over the life time of the building along with the life-styles of the occupants. The indoor environment must not only be comfortable but also a healthy environment.
‘How do we identify and model the changing needs of the users of buildings?’
 
ST3-Building Performance in practice
It is widely recognized that there is frequently a wide disparity between the forecast and the actual energy consumption of buildings.  If we are to produce realistic robust economic forecasts of building energy needs and costs we have to understand the causes of the variability between envisaged building performance and actual building performance.
‘How do buildings perform in practice and how can we ensure that performance meets expectations?’
 
ST4-Deep, integrated retrofitting of public and residential buildings
The unprecedented rate of new building construction in China over the last 20 years cannot be maintained. There is an increasing need to consider not only the economic viability of deep, integrated retrofitting of existing building stock but also the financial models and government policies that will be needed to enable successful retrofitting of both public and residential buildings.
‘What are the critical factors that influence the viability of deep retrofitting and how do we model them?’