In a world that is shaped by climate change and globalisation, how are future generations going to live? How can the quality of life be maintained for urban communities? These are only some of the questions to be addressed at the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, the theme of which will be "Better City, Better Life?. More than 240 countries, organisations and cities will be presenting their answers through innovative concepts and projects. Hamburg, Shanghai?s twin city, is the only German city that has been chosen by the Shanghai EXPO committee to present its own building project, the Hamburg House. So Hamburg has built China?s first certified Passive-House, a building that, thanks to most modern environmental engineering from Hamburg, uses only very little energy.
Visitors to the EXPO will be able to experience the advantages of this ecological construction designed for living and working under one roof. At the same time, visitors will get the opportunity to discover the significance of this north German metropolis, ranging from sustainable urban development and architecture to climate protection. In addition to that, Hamburg will display its long-standing relationship with China and its economic relevance as a port city ( www.expo2010-hamburg.de ).
With the presentation, Hamburg once again proves that it is one of the world?s leading cities as regards environmental and climate protection. The city?s sustainability strategy is in fact one of the reasons why the European Commission has awarded Hamburg the title "European Green Capital 2011?.