Feature image: Lai Jianyan, Senior Vice President of Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties Co., Ltd., with Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC and GBCI.
On June 7, USGBC entered into a strategic partnership with Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties, the world’s largest property company and one of China’s strongest advocates of sustainable building construction. This partnership will help to advance smart, sustainable, healthy and high-performing buildings, communities and cities across China, and serve as a model for public and private sector decision makers.
“The leadership of Wanda inspires us daily, and we are honored to be working together to continue to transform the marketplace by creating green buildings and communities that enhance human health, comfort and productivity, environmental protection, livability, economic opportunities and, finally, equity,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC and GBCI.
The new strategic partnership will focus on three key efforts:
- Advancing green and healthy buildings and cities through Wanda projects around the world and in the global property, real estate and construction market;
- Improving the performance of green and healthy buildings though the use of performance measurement tools that drive best practices and recognize leadership, including leveraging USGBC’s supported technology platforms and Wanda’s Huiyun system, a building intelligent management system developed for large-scale commercial buildings; and
- Outreach and education to promote sustainability.
Founded in 1988, Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties’ parent company, Wanda Group, is engaged in four key business activities: commercial properties, culture, internet technology and finance.
Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties is a leading real estate enterprise and owner of five-star hotels. By the end of 2016, it had a nationwide portfolio of 187 Wanda Plaza projects and 102 hotels, compromising 32.33 million gross square meters of space. It is also the only company in China to possess its own complete commercial real estate value chain, which spans commercial planning, hotel design and research, commercial property construction and commercial management subsidiaries.
Wanda Group is also one of China’s pioneer advocates of sustainable building construction, harboring a strong commitment to promoting green building in many of its projects. Every Wanda Plaza and Wanda five-star hotel adheres to national green building standards.