The State Council on Tuesday started to solicit public opinions about a draft
regulation aimed at reducing energy consumed by China's residential and public
"The temperature of all China's air-conditioned public rooms should be no
lower than 26 degrees centigrade in summer, and no higher than 20 degrees in
winter," says the draft regulation.
rules were put forward by the central government last month and they are now set
to be enshrined in a state regulation that is expected to be enforced more
effectively through legal means.
The regulation will promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable
energy, such as solar energy, in the management of commercial or residential
buildings, according to the draft.
It also bans the use and import of energy-inefficient materials, techniques
and facilities. Departments concerned are required to publish regular catalogues
detailing efficient techniques or prohibiting wasteful materials.
The use of banned construction materials or facilities could lead to a fine
of 200,000 to 500,000 yuan (US$26,300 to US$65,800), it says, adding government
buildings should install energy-saving equipment such as low-energy
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