The development of the Chinese economy encourages the demand for higher living standards in China. Larger homes and improved comfort standards are leading to much higher energy consumption. Although modern life will not accept the comfort levels of the past, it is still possible to apply traditional technologies to modern designs to reduce or eliminate discomfort during extremes in summer and winter. China needs to encourage energy efficiency in new buildings. New housing codes alone will not meet this need. Demonstration projects of affordable energy-efficient buildings will help. More careful enforcement of housing codes is essential.
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