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Environmental Forum on Green and Healthy Buildings





This event is co-organised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council Limited (HKGBC) and The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK).

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Following the success of last year, this Environmental Forum is the second collaboration between the HKGBC and the OUHK. It aims to raise the awareness of professionals, students and public about the latest development on green buildings. The theme for this year is how green building designs and information technology enhance occupants’ health and comfort.

Mr KS WONG, Secretary for the Environment, will give an opening remarks on the importance of green and healthy buildings to combat climate change. Other speakers from academic and the industry will share insights on topics including Urban Microclimate Consideration, Occupants’ Health and Wellbeing as well as the Application of Information Technology in green buildings, etc.


Event Details


26 March 2018 (Monday)


6:45pm - 8:45pm
(Registration starts at 6:30pm)


Bank of China Lecture Theatre (G01) (Block A -1/F), OUHK Main Campus, 30 Good Shepherd Street, Homantin, Kowloon

Fee: Free of Charge

Cantonese with presentation materials in English

Registration Deadline: 21 March 2018 NOON or Full Capacity





6:45pm – 6:50pm

Welcome Remarks

6:50pm – 7:05pm

Opening Remarks

Guest-of-Honour, Mr WONG Kam-sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment, HKSAR Government

7:05pm – 7:25pm

Urban Microclimate Consideration in Green Building Design

Prof. Edward NG, Yao Ling Sun Professor of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

7:25pm – 7:45pm

What’s the Next Chapter for Better Green Building? Developing a Business Case for Healthy, Wellbeing and Productive Workplace Environment

Dr Benny CHOW, Director cum Chairman of Industry Standards and Practices Committee, HKGBC

7:45pm – 7:55pm


7:55pm – 8:15pm

Application of IoT to evaluate Occupants’ Health Impact

Mr Lewis LAM, Assistant General Manager (Property Management), International Commerce Centre Management Services Office

8:15pm – 8:40pm

Panel Discussion

Moderator: By OUHK representative; Panellists: All speakers

8:40pm – 8:45pm

Closing Remarks


Urban Microclimate Consideration in Green Building Design

The Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect always leads to heat stress, uncomfortable living condition and other health issues. Hence, urban microclimate studies are particularly important in the high-density urban environment of Hong Kong. In January 2018, the HKGBC launched the HKGBC Guidebook on Urban Microclimate Study, which provides easy-to-understand microclimatic knowledge and good design practice to practitioners and general public. In this session, Prof. Edward NG, Yao Ling Sun Professor of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong will present strategies to optimise microclimate conditions for improving liveability of local built environment, supplemented with both local and overseas case studies and good practices.


What’s the Next Chapter for Better Green Building?  Developing a Business Case for Healthy, Wellbeing and Productive Workplace Environment

Over the last decade, the building industry has made significant strides towards the market transformation of better environmentally conscious building practices throughout the world.  What’s the next chapter for better green building?  The recent studies reveal that elevating human health and comfort to the forefront of building/design practices are not only better for the planet, but also for people and organizational/financial benefits.  It is no doubt human workforces are the most valuable resources in most companies, typically accounting for 90% of business operation costs, so even a 1% improvement in productivity can have a major impact on the competitiveness of any business.  Business cases will be used to illustrate the adoption of new office design strategies, changing of working practices and implementing new smart technologies can create a better wellbeing benefits workplace for their own staff, tenants or clients.


Application of IoT to evaluate Occupants’ Health Impact

Over the years, the focus of “Green Building” is around standards and compliance for design, materials usage, site selection, monitoring of operations and energy usage throughout its life-cycle. However, the adoption of information technology to manage green buildings has become a growing trend recently.

One of the most renowned commercial buildings in Hong Kong, The International Commerce Centre, utilises Internet of Things (IoT) devices to collect data for real time monitoring of indoor air quality and thus, corrective actions could be done in a more responsive manner. Mr Lewis LAM, Assistant General Manager (Property Management) of ICC Management Services Office will share his experience on the application of IoT and data management in green buildings.