Dirk Schwede- University of Stuttgart / energydesign


What is the purpose of the GENIUS project?

The GENIUS project has the purpose to introduce a new design approach to the Chinese construction market. In an integrated design process the desired functions are determined as the basis of design in discussion between the relevant stakeholders. The qualities of the buildings are then optimized through professional development and expert consultations.

Dr. Dirk Schwede is the leader of the GENIUS project. He has studied civil engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig and the University of Stuttgart and received a PhD from the University of Sydney in Australia in 2006. In 2008 he founded the consulting firm energydesign in Shanghai as a partner and served then as its managing director till end of 2012. He and his team of specialized engineers has been (and still is) contributing as consultants and engineers to sustainable building throughout China and Asia. He has been visiting professor at Tongji University in Shanghai (2010-2013; 2015-2016).

The network GENIUS promotes the creation of sustainable buildings, such as smart school buildings, in China. It offers Chinese building owners, decision-makers and public administration representatives support to upgrade the architectural and engineering design of buildings by introducing cutting-edge sustainable project management approaches from Europe. The GENIUS project is part of the BMBF campaign “Building the City of Tomorrow” https://www.research-in-germany.org and is funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).


This Video is presented to you by the “Competence Centre for Sustainable Building in China“ (CCSBC).

Our approach is to contribute to the acceptance and implementation of energy efficient and sustainable construction in China. To reach this goal, a practice-oriented competence centre for sustainable building will impart knowledge about sustainable building standards and answer demands from building owners, planners, manufacturers of building materials, local authorities and political decision-makers.

CCSBC is one of the projects under develoPPP program https://www.developpp.de/en, which was set up by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development https://www.bmz.de/en.

The project has the objective to establish a “Competence Centre for Sustainable Building in China” within the public-private partnership (PPP) framework for energy-efficient and sustainable building between GIZ and the consulting firms LUWOGE (represented in China by SoftGrid) and energydesign. The goal is to advance planning and construction practices in China to achieve more sustainable and liveable working and living spaces.