Our homes, businesses, government buildings and other structures amount to over 70 million m2 of built space – a massive impact on the environment! In Hong Kong, we face different challenges to building a sustainable environment, which include:
Public awareness of the vital long-term need for sustainable buildings could be greatly enhanced. Extensive outreach and information sharing will be indispensable for raising widespread awareness about quality green buildings and their benefits.
Building the Business Case:
The potential savings from sustainable efficiencies are significant. Understanding the business case will offer organizations the opportunity to reap the economic and social benefits of green buildings over the long run.
To develop green buildings and create a sustainable built environment, the construction industry requires stronger stimulus. The growing awareness of the business case for green buildings can be converted into real demand to activate Hong Kong’s green transformation.
Hong Kong is blessed with stable and relatively inexpensive supplies of water, energy and other resources. Protecting our precious natural wealth is indispensable to our future. Research into eco-technology and green building design is key for conservation.
Enhancing Policy & Regulation:
Strong policy and incentives will be needed to support a market transformation to a sustainable built environment in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong’s green building challenges are significant, but through partnership, engagement and commitment, they can be overcome. As the uptake of green building practices into new and existing buildings accelerates, it will stimulate growth in the number of green building practitioners, improve the supply chain for sustainable construction materials, and create a more competitive market, as well as make good business sense.
With industry and government support, and engagement with professionals and the public, HKGBC will champion Hong Kong as a role model for high-density, sub-tropical, green-built cities.