China represses “vanity projects”; ban the construction of super skyscrapers

As part of a crackdown on “unnecessary” vanity projects across the country, China has adopted a new proposal banning the construction of “super-skyscrapers” or extremely tall buildings unless special permission is given. be requested from Xi Jinping’s government.

Beijing cities with fewer than 3 million people have been banned from building skyscrapers over 150 meters high, and cities over 250 meters high have been banned from building skyscrapers taller than 150 meters. of 250 meters, according to the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban and Rural Areas. Development said, according to The Guardian newspaper. Chinese regulators limit tall buildings in order to praise energy consumption and save resources.

CPC cites energy consumption and the problem of complying with the safety protocol in high-rise buildings

To a similar extent in July this year, China’s National Development and Reform Commission, Beijing’s main planning agency, banned the construction of a building that can reach a height of over 500 meters, such as the ‘The Guardian newspaper reported. The agency warned that skyscrapers over 500 meters would no longer meet government approval for construction. He further advised builders to follow a proper government approved construction plan before laying the foundation for new construction.

However, the CPC has agreed to grant exemptions to high-rise buildings with excellent fire-fighting and earthquake-resistant capabilities, with due regard to the population of the cities where these structures will be located. A joint statement was issued by China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Ministry of Emergency Management, a cabinet-level executive department that oversees emergency management and infrastructure security protocols, announcing the new measure.

China, home to the world’s second tallest building, a 128-story, 632-meter-tall Shanghai Tower, has expressed reluctance towards very tall buildings in recent years due to the consumption of water. energy and safety issues associated with such constructions. It comes after a massive fire reportedly broke out in a 26-story skyscraper in northern China’s Shijiazhuang City, the capital of northern China’s Hebei Province, which charred the insulation material on the exterior of the building. The accident caused multiple explosions in the building, returning the government’s attention to proper observance of safety protocol when constructing high-rise buildings. Videos posted on Weibo in China appeared to show firefighters struggling in towering jets of water to put out the blaze on the upper floors of the tall building.