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One of China’s largest property developers is contributing at least $3.5 million to advance green building research by University of British Columbia.
UBC announced Friday that China’s Modern Green Development has entered into a strategic partnership involving the university’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), which is expected to be the greenest building in North America when it opens in fall 2011.
“This is Modern Green’s first North American partnership on green building research and development,” a UBC news release reported.
Modern Green has developed more than 10 million square feet of green buildings in China and Australia, using geothermal heating, energy-saving technologies and other sustainable building practices, according to the release.
UBC says the company’s best-known project is Grand MOMA, an eight-building, 213,000-square-metre mixed-use residential, school and hotel development in Beijing which has grabbed global attention for innovation.