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Will the new Chinese green building standards have a positive impact on copper demand?

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05 August 2019

Will the new Chinese green building standards have a positive impact on copper demand?

Report summary

The new national standards for Green Building Evaluation came into effect on 1 August. The new standards have drawn great attention from the copper industry as it now includes copper tube as one of the recommended materials for inflow water pipes for green buildings. In this insight, we provide Wood Mackenzie's interpretation of the new national standards regarding the use of copper tube, as well as China’s target for green buildings in the 13th five-year plan. We also present a quantitative analysis on the possible impact on copper demand based on these interpretations.

Table of contents

  • Chinese target for green buildings
  • The new national standards for Green Building Evaluation
  • Does the mass adoption of copper tubes make economic sense?
  • Impact on copper demand and time frame - a scenario

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This report includes 3 images and tables including:

  • Prices of water pipe by different material in 2019
  • Cost of water system in total renovation cost
  • Additional copper demand from copper tube adoption in green buildings

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