Register: JAN/08/2019, Submit: JAN/08/2019, Eligibility: Professionals, architects, designers, engineers, Fee: Free, Awards: Gold (1): 80,000 USD, Silver (2): 50,000 USD, Bronze (3): 30,000 USD, Excellence (50): 20,000 USD; Gold, silver and bronze prizes will be selected from excellence prize list, rewards can be cumulative

With three decades of high-speed industrialization, China has become a large producer of renewable energy, new energy, and green building materials. Since the concept of green building was introduced into China in 2004, green building and related industries have also made great progress. Rapid development also has its defects, e.g. the disconnection of rapid developed green building materials industry and design application. The design industry cannot quickly adapt to the development of green building materials industry, so many new green building materials new energy-saving technology and equipment meets obstacle in the process of promotion and application.

As the first building materials research institute in New China, a large scientific and technological enterprise be subordinate to the Central Government, the largest comprehensive research institute and technology development center of building materials and inorganic non-metallic new materials in China, the Chinese Academy of Building Materials Science has the responsibility to accelerate the promotion of new green building materials and energy-saving technical products. This is the beginning of hosting this competition.

The establishment of ecological civilization is an important part of the 13th Five-Year Plan of China. The vigorous development of green and sustainable buildings can not only improve the living environment and promote the development of the people’s livelihood but also form a new pattern for the harmonious development of man and nature in the modernization drive. It is the strategic direction of the National Development in the new era. The aim is to pursue the progress and harmony of society, economy and environment. At the same time, China has pledged to stop increasing carbon dioxide emission by 2030, and plan to increase the proportion of non-fossil energy in primary energy consumption to about 20%. The competition responds to the national development strategy in the new era and it is a rare historical opportunity to further promote and accelerate the development of green buildings and related technologies. The goal of the competition is to achieve near-zero energy consumption and ultra-low emissions of building. It is guided by the principle of “economy, applicability and beauty”. It also integrates achievements of both international academic institutions and design firms, what is corresponding to the contemporary life style and aesthetic consciousness in the process of building China’s new urbanization.

The previous sustainable (green) architectural design competitions were basically propositional, and how to achieve the proposition was depended on the contestant. In this competition, we envisage using pre-selected renewable energy, new energy, new materials, new technologies as the design and creation media, just like providing painting materials for the way to artistically create a green building in accordance with the climatic characteristics of the climate zone. Unlike the previous technology stacking design, we expect the results of the competition to meet the requirements of passive priority, active support, cost-effective control and can be applicable in a given climate zone.

The theme of the 14th Green Building Congress is “Promoting Green Building to the Age of Quality”, which is also the purpose of this competition. Throughout China’s contemporary green building history from empty to the all-round development, now it’s time to change emphasis from quantity to quality. Earlier this year, the first oversea project to be certified as a three-star green building operation was completed, marking the beginning of international recognition of China’s efforts to develop green buildings.

Under the background of globalization, the convergence of cultural life is increasing. The resulting spiritual demand for local characteristics and cultural traditions is also growing. The inheritance of tradition is not simply a copy or a symbolic interception, tradition is also developing, we need to take the contemporary life style as the basis, treat its value as the standard, abstractly inherit and develop the traditional characteristics. The participation of international contestants may allow us to discover more possibilities of inheriting and developing traditional Chinese architecture culture.


Wujin green building industry cluster demonstration district, Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province

Changzhou city in Jiangsu province is located in the center of beautiful and fertile Yangtze River Delta, south of the province. With more than 2500 years’ history, it is a developed modern manufacturing city, it is also a national ecological demonstration city. The Shanghai Nanjing railway, Shanghai Nanjing expressway and the Grande Canal was passing through the city. Local climate belongs to the northern subtropical marine climate, rainfall is abundant and four seasons are distinct, which makes it belong to the typical hot summer and cold winter climate zone. Changzhou is in rainy during late spring and early summer, it’s hot and rainy in summer, the highest temperature is usually above 36 ℃, winter is humid and cold. The territory is dominated by plain geomorphology. Annual average precipitation is 1091.6 millimeters. Total sunny time is 1940.2 hours per year, which is much more abundant than the other cities’ of China at the same latitude.

The candidate area for the competition is located in the green building industry cluster demonstration district of Wujin District, Changzhou. It is located in the southwest of the Center of Wujin District, with convenient traffic. Its total area is 15.6 square kilometers. Wujin green building industry cluster demonstration district is the only national green building industry cluster demonstration district established by Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development. It’s a new experimental mode to explore the green building industry development, to create a sustainable pattern of city, to promote sustainable lifestyle.The demonstration district contains: modern service area for green building industry, sustainable residence demonstration area, green building materials industrial park, energy-saving and environmental friendly facility park, green building industrialization park and green building international exchange park.Construction goals: world-class, leading green building exhibition &experience platform, green building industry cluster zone, green building technology integration platform, green building innovation and entrepreneurship zone, green building international communication platform.In the region, Yancheng site covers an area of 300 hectares, which was constructed in the Spring and Autumn Period, with more than 2800 years of history, is the oldest and best preserved ancient city in China. It’s ready to declare the world cultural heritage list.


All winning entries will be built in the National Green Building Demonstration Park in Changzhou city, Jiangsu Province, China.