2014 LOHAUS Shanghai CNY logoLOHAUS welcomes the Year of the Horse with new initiatives to improve its sustainability, enjoyability and convenience in 2014 for all our friends using the LOHAUS Shanghai space for events, meetings and coworking. It was only eight months ago in June 2013 that LOHAUS made its debut as Shanghai’s first social enterprise for events, meetings and coworking. Since then, we have proved that this innovative social enterprise is not only an enjoyable place to do business in Shanghai, it can also be a sustainable financial model for others to follow. How does LOHAUS implement the social enterprise paradigm? It is inspired by one part lifestyle of health and sustainability and one part Bauhaus, from the German 1920s architectural and design movement that continues to influence people today in new ways. You can learn more about our own philosophy of health and urban sustainability in our LOHAUS Manifesto, but in brief we are a Shanghai-based for-profit corporation that gives 100% of its profits to social impact initiatives. That means all the money earned from our downtown Shanghai building’s event space rentals, meeting room rentals, and co-working desk usage goes to supporting socially important activities such as reducing pollution in Shanghai’s urban environment and improving the health of its residents. Among our major activities in 2013 was the promotion of double-glazed windows, rooftop insulation, and LED lighting as ways to reduce energy use at home and at the office. We use all of these at LOHAUS and encourage others to do the same, thereby causing less electricity to be generated by eastern China’s many coal-fired power plants. For example, in the summer of 2013 LOHAUS switched all of its work lights to LED bulbs and has been enjoying hundreds of RMB in savings each month. We’re on track to recoup our ~7000 RMB investment in LED lightbulbs in about eleven more months.


The LED demonstration wall in LOHAUS compares brightness of LED to traditional incandescent bulbs


Local residents gave up their old CFLs in exchange for new ones plus a free LED bulb from Opple

We also helped our local community to adopt LED lighting with our light bulb swap program last November. This event allowed local residents close to our Yongjia Road location to receive a free Opple LED light bulb  in exchange for bringing in an old non-working CFL bulb for recycling.


A Miss Earth China contestant exchanges light bulbs with a local resident

The event was an outstanding success thanks to partner Miss Earth China who had several of the Miss Earth China contestants onsite to educate and interact with the public. light bulb flower vase 2 smallWe also had help from our friends at Green Drinks China who recycled some of the older incandescent bulbs into amazing decorations for the launch of Green Initiatives.  We plan to host more LED events in 2014. Other improvements we made allowed our visitors to host sustainable meetings and events in Shanghai. Features of our sustainable meeting rooms include:

Seats up to 16 at tables or 25 in classroom layout.

The LOHAUS Hongmu meeting room seats up to 16 at tables or 25 in classroom layout.

  • Insulating and noise-reducing China-grown and locally-manufactured hemp fiber carpets to keep the room warm and comfortable
  • State-of-the-art LED-laser projectors in both of our meeting rooms that maintain their brightness, run more quietly and significantly reduce excess heat, allowing the added benefit of reducing air conditioning costs during all-day meetings
  • Healthy food options for meals from NOSH and Kush, now renamed Pure and Whole.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADozens of companies, organizations and groups of people enjoyed using our LOHAUS event and meeting space in Shanghai in 2013, and 2014 is going to be even better. We welcome several new entrants into the Shanghai social enterprise landscape for meeting and event space, so we are preparing for the competition with even more new benefits and features. This means that 2014 is going to be a great year in terms of new sustainability initiatives, centered around our implementation of a circular economic model for sourcing, usage and recycling of everything that happens in LOHAUS.

A popular drink at LOHAUS last autumn, the Yunnan Spiced Pumpkin Latte using organic pumpkin from Chongming Island

For example, while we continue our policy of using only 100% China-grown coffee beans, we will be introducing several new suppliers this year to show the variety of flavors available from Yunnan’s several coffee growing regions. We also offer only China produced teas and will go even more local by including Longjin green tea from nearby Hangzhou. LOHAUS will be implementing new energy-saving initiatives such as an upgrade of some of its older air conditioners this summer to the most energy-efficient models, allowing LOHAUS to reduce its energy use towards its goal of being a carbon-negative meeting space, and also allowing its members to be more comfortable.

Mario Cavolo played jazz piano and inspired us with personal anecdotes and stories in January's LOHAUS Inspirational Speakers event

Mario Cavolo played jazz piano and inspired us with personal anecdotes and stories in January’s LOHAUS Inspirational Speakers event

Part of LOHAUS’s social enterprise philosophy is connection to the local community. In 2014 we are launching new events for both local and international residents of Shanghai, such as our LOHAUS Inspirational Speakers Series, featuring talks from Shanghai-based coaches and trainers, as well as events such as design forums and sustainable living community groups. We will also have more local artists to display their work at LOHAUS following the successful 2013 shows from artist Michelle Yuan and author/illustrator Ake. LOHAUS continues to host the Shanghai Forum, one of Shanghai’s most popular meetup groups for discussions of China’s business environment and economy, including collaborative events with our partner Green Drinks / Green Initiatives such as China’s sustainable economy.

L'otel lobby

L’otel lobby

Finally, in addition to Green Initiatives and Miss Earth China, LOHAUS joins with a new partner for 2014, L’otel. For visitors to Shanghai who are participating in events at LOHAUS, we now offer special rates at one of L’otel’s comfortable and sustainable hotel rooms for a low-carbon-footprint stay and meeting in Shanghai. 2014 promises to be an interesting and enjoyable year, and we look forward to meeting again with our friends from 2013 and making more new acquaintances in the Year of the Horse. If you want to get in touch with LOHAUS for sustainable event space, creative meeting rooms and coworking in Shanghai, or for any other reason, please contact us.

LOHAUS Shanghai is now hosting monthly speaking events on the theme of inspiration and personal wellness. These are live talks on topics including personal health, wellness and the spirit. Each month, LOHAUS will invite a coach, professional trainer or other person with an amazing story to speak at our #50 Yongjia Road location in downtown Shanghai’s Xuhui District.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis past January LOHAUS launched the Winter 2014 Series with author, coach and public relations professional Mario Cavolo of The Scott Partnership public relations agency in Shanghai. A Shanghai-based businessperson for more than ten years, Mario has written two books (Catalysts to Change and the upcoming China: The Big Lie) and also recently launched Touch, an album of jazz songs.

While speaking about Catalysts to Change, Mario played piano tunes from Touch to accompany the talk. A multifaceted individual, Mario plays piano professionally and is also an in-demand Master of Ceremonies for various events. We at LOHAUS along with a full house of more than 40 guests enjoyed his talk immensely.

P1230113 copyKimberly Ashton LOHAUS Feb 25 - EnglishThe Winter Series of speakers continues on Tuesday February 25 with one of Shanghai’s top personal wellness coaches, Kimberly Ashton from Sprout Lifestyle. Kimberly plans to talk about being healthy in Shanghai, which many find to be increasingly challenging with ever more pollution and food safety issues in the city and in China generally.

We expect another full house as event attendees will receive a special sampling of healthy food and treats from Kimberly’s newly opened Sprout Lifestyle Cafe, so please register early on our meetup site.

Other upcoming events in the series include March’s forum with Brian Tam, founder of innovation consultancy Let’s Make Great!, who will talk about the Future of Work in our interconnected society, and in April we have Jerel Bonner of executive development agency Sharpening Axes to talk about using LinkedIn as a way to increase the power of your personal brand.

Stay tuned for announcements about our Summer 2014 Shanghai Inspirational Speakers Series lineup!

Do you want to be a speaker in the series? Please contact us with a short outline of your talk.


2013 Miss Earth China

LOHAUS is partnering with Miss Earth China, the world’s top beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness and action, to launch Shanghai’s first light bulb recycling and LED replacement program.

Join us on Sunday November 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about LED light bulbs, and recycle your old, non-working bulbs for working bulbs. The first one hundred attendees also get a new LED bulb to use as well.

At 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30 there will be an informational seminar on the 2nd floor of LOHAUS describing the lighting project in more detail, how to understand different LED bulbs, and an opportunity to ask questions and discuss LEDs with others.

light bulb recyclingYou will be able to meet Miss Earth contestants to learn more about LED light bulbs, see our LED demonstration wall and observe various light fixtures all using LED bulbs.

Event date: November 24 (Sunday)

Event time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Address: LOHAUS, 50 Yongjia Road (near South Shaanxi Road) (Click here for map and detailed directions)

Phone for information: 021 – 5212 0268

Check out our video introducing the event on Youku:

Click here for direct link.

If you just want to learn about LEDs, you are also welcome to stop by and participate by attending one of our free seminars.

Limit one recycled light bulb per person. We cannot guarantee that stock will be available matching your exact bulb size and wattage, but you can choose from available options on a first-come-first-served basis until our stock of working light bulbs is depleted.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why did we create a recycling and swap program?

LOHAUS recently upgraded all of its older incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs to new, energy-efficient LED bulbs. This has allowed LOHAUS to save hundreds of yuan a month in direct electricity costs and more in related savings such as reduced air conditioning during the summer. In doing so, on of the negative byproducts of the upgrade is dozens of light bulbs which are still useful are now sitting in boxes awaiting disposal. Rather than throwing away useful light bulbs, we believe that reusing them elsewhere until their end of their working life is the most appropriate alternative to immediate recycling of the materials.

We found that there were few avenues to donate working light bulbs so we came up with the idea of swapping them directly with the public for their non-working bulbs and then disposing the non-working materials in a safe and appropriate way.

What kind of light bulbs can we replace and recycle in this program?

We have dozens of standard-sized (E27/E26 and E17) incandescent and CFL bulbs in a range of wattages, from 25 W up to 100 W.  If you need one of these bulbs and have a non-working matching bulb, bring it and we can replace it for you with one of our still-working bulbs.

We also have several dozen working halogen spotlights (e.g. MR16), some fluorescent tube lights (T4-T12), and some special-format lights (H butterfly connectors) and more.

Can I donate my own working light bulbs to the project?

Yes! If you believe in LED lighting and want to upgrade your own bulbs to LEDs or are already in the process of upgrading and want to donate your working bulbs to the project, that is also OK, we will swap them with others in the public who need a replacement. Please bring your working light bulbs packed securely in paper or a box marked clearly with the type of bulb (incandescent, CFL, etc), the size (E17, T5 etc) and the wattage (eg. 50 W) so we can exchange them more easily.

Can I give you all my old, non-working bulbs for recycling?

We would love to help recycle all the non-working light bulbs but at this event we have limited space to deal with a large volume, so we ask that you bring only one non-working light bulb. If this event is successful, we will expand the program in the future where a larger recycling option might be possible.

Can I help in some way?

Yes, we welcome help on the project. Are you a light designer, engineer or person already familiar with LED lighting?  You can help us to educate the public by participating in tours of LOHAUS. Are you working for an LED company and want to show your products at LOHAUS? Please contact us about cooperation opportunities. For these and similar inquiries to help, please write to us using the Contact form or email contact “at” LOHAUS.cn



2013 Miss Earth China




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On September 24th, Green Drinks China and The Shanghai Forum co-hosted an event at LOHAUS titled “Debate a Debt-Free Monetary System: Can we have a sustainable financial future?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe event was attended by more than 45 people from both GDC and Shanghai Forum. They used several floors at LOHAUS to watch a portion of the video, “Money as Debt” (Part I), followed by a discussion and information sharing.  After this, the group adjourned to the 1st floor for a debate and Q&A


Robert Ward

The debate was lively and interesting, and included as participants a Shanghai-based architect, Robert Ward, who debated on whether the global economy was in fact dependent on a growing indebtedness that will eventually lead to instability and even the possibility of economic collapse. The debate was moderated by Shanghai Forum organizer Jason Inch.

If you are interested in learning more about China’s economy and business trends, please join the Shanghai Forum.

If you would like to host your event at LOHAUS, please contact us.

Here are some other photos from the event:


Globe lights with IKEA LEDARE 2.3 W bulbs to replace 25 W incandescent bulbs – a huge energy savings

On September 10th we introduced the LOHAUS’s LED lighting upgrade project at a special event hosted by the Shanghai LOHAS Eco Meetup Group. Focusing on the use of LED lighting for the home and office, the talk included a tour of LOHAUS’s more than 65 light points that have been switched to LED lighting. This is one of the first old house renovations in Shanghai to include LED as a primary indoor and outdoor lighting choice.

In addition to the LED lighting project and the LED ROI at LOHAUS, the talk also covered:

  • An introduction to LED lighting
  • Overall drawbacks and benefits of LEDs
  • Advice on which manufacturers to choose for LED lighting

We heard that China’s commitment to LED lighting is huge. China has become the world’s leading manufacturer of LEDs yet the vast majority is exported while China itself uses older lighting technologies. So, the question is, how to stimulate domestic demand for LEDs, which are currently quite expensive.

The overhead lights in LOHAUS's meeting rooms are super-bright Philips Master 17W LED bulbs

The overhead lights in LOHAUS’s meeting rooms are super-bright – and warm – Philips Master 17W LED bulbs

For example, some of the LED bulbs used at LOHAUS, such as the Philips Master 12W and 17W bulbs, have retail prices of more than 180 and 290 RMB. While as bright as normal bulbs, they are out of reach of many Chinese consumers budgets. However, it was shown during the presentation that new lines of LEDs, such as the LEDARE line from IKEA, can be much more cost effective.

In retail or outdoor lighting, the cost savings is often the driving factor, but there are different reasons behind considering LED lighting for home and office use. LEDs can eco-friendly, durable, cost effective, reduce ambient heat, and increasingly can offer unique illumination solutions such as changing color intensity depending on the time of day or occupant needs: Bright in the morning, warm and comfortable in the evening.

If you want to learn more about LED lighting in the home and office, visit LOHAUS to see how they are being used. Or just check out this demonstration wall showing the difference:

The LED display wall at LOHAUS shows Philips Master 12 W bulbs along side 25 W incandescent. The difference in brightness and waste heat becomes obvious.

The LED display wall at LOHAUS shows Philips Master 12 W bulbs along side 25 W incandescent. The difference in brightness and waste heat becomes obvious.

To host an eco or design event at LOHAUS in Shanghai, please click here for more information.

Some photos from the Shanghai Forum’s event on eCommerce and China’s mobile internet opportunities on September 5 held at LOHAUS.

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On September 5th we had another successful business meetup talking about China’s eCommerce and online consumer behavior at LOHAUS’s 1st floor event area.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMore than 50 people attended the event hosted by the Shanghai Forum, an economic and business discussion group that talks about a new macroeconomic topic every month.

Shanghai Forum organizer Jason Inch

Shanghai Forum organizer Jason Inch

The Shanghai Forum organizer, Jason Inch, started by introducing some macro-statistics about China’s Internet, eCommerce, and mobile markets from his upcoming book, China’s Demographic Supertrends, part of the China Supertrends series.

Special guest T.R. HarringtonThen our special guest, T.R. Harrington, an expert in eCommerce and search engine marketing in and outside China and founder of Darwin Marketing, discussed with attendees in an interactive Q&A format his thoughts about China’s eCommerce and mobile development, as well as SEO and SEM strategies. Some of the interesting things discussed included:

  • The importance of an Alibaba-Sina Weibo linkup
  • Why the Baidu-PPS.tv aquisition is needed for Baidu
  • How Alibaba is an overlooked channel in search strategy
  • The keys to a successful mobile strategy in China

For more information about the event and the guest speaker, please visit the Shanghai Forum’s event page.

Having presentations, business talks and discussion is actually an easy way to meet and grow your business contacts, and possibly work. Yesterday was a casual relaxed social atmosphere making it fun and enjoyable. Learn strategies to improve your business and see you at the next meetup! For future events of this type, please sign up to the Shanghai Forum.

If you would like to host your event at LOHAUS, please click here for more information.


More new photos of the interior of the LOHAUS at Yongjia Road Shanghai.