18 Aug 2020

CPD Webinar - High Performance Buildings with Better IAQ and Energy Efficiency

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This webinar is organised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council.

Retrofit on existing buildings for better energy performance is highly desirable due to their large share of building energy consumption. Meanwhile, the importance of thermal comfort and air pollution exposure has attracted increasing attention on occupant health, productivity and sustainable development. Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems are responsible for a substantial proportion of energy use in buildings and are closely related to indoor environmental quality. Unfortunately, there is some stigma around energy saving measures, as many people believe they will make their lives less comfortable.

This study led by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Institute for the Environment (HKUST-IENV) examined the energy consumption and indoor environment in TAL Building, a commercial building in Tsim Sha Tsui, with a retrofitted HVAC system. The retrofitting measures included a sensor-based building management system, dehumidification of outdoor air and a two-stage particle filtration system. Energy data were collected before and after the retrofit. Field measurements were conducted in both winter and summer to evaluate the thermal comfort and indoor exposure to air pollutants in the retrofitted area. An experiment was designed to assess the benefits of upgraded filters on exposure to ambient particles during summer. By combining all of these measures, the retrofitted HVAC system was able to reduce energy use by 50% while maintaining generally acceptable indoor thermal comfort. Most of the time, the indoor particle levels complied with the World Health Organization’s guidelines. The upgraded filtration system with a pleated filter reduced outdoor PM ingress by 30% to 60% more than the aluminium filter used before the retrofit. Co-benefit assessment provides insights into sustainability in building development during a retrofit by holistically examining energy use and the environment.

More details, please visit HKUST-IENV website: https://ienv.ust.hk/BuildingEffeciency

Download research findings: Wen Wei Che, Chi Yan Tso, Li Sun, Danny Y.K. Ip, Harry Lee, Christopher Y.H. Chao, Alexis K.H. Lau, Energy consumption, indoor thermal comfort and air quality in a commercial office with retrofitted heat, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, Energy Build. 201 (2019) 202-215. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378778819303640

Main Speaker: Dr CHE Wen Wei

Dr CHE Wen Wei is the Research Assistant Professor of Division of Environment and Sustainability at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dr Che’s research focuses on methods, measurements, and models for assessing human exposure to contaminants, e.g. air pollutants, in their daily life as a basis for assessing public-health threats and developing strategies for prevention. Her current research interests include development and application of computational exposure methods for smart cities, evaluating behavioral determinants of exposure using IOT and big data analytics, and methodologies to account for the exposure impacts on human in designing smart green buildings.

Commentators: Dr Harry LEE, Mr Danny IP and Mr Leo LEE

Dr Harry LEE, SBS, JP, OBE, Chairman of TAL Apparel, has made many valuable contributions to the development of the fashion and apparel industry during his 40 years in the textile and garment industry. He is the Honorary Chairman of Textile Council of Hong Kong Ltd. and the Hong Kong Garment Manufacturer’s Association. As a trained engineer, Dr Lee is also passionate in integrating innovation and technology into his garment business as well as sustainability operations – from saving energy, saving water, wastewater treatment, to cleaning indoor air quality. Dr Lee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London, UK and a Doctorate degree from Brown University, U.S.A.

Danny Yu Kin IP, Director of KINS Engineering Limited, holder of a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master degree in Engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, has been contributing in the aspect of MVAC industry over 35 years. As an engineer and company director, not only did he accomplish all the challenging requests of his clients in a wide variety of projects in the industry, he also devotes himself into the researches and innovations of new MVAC system with respect to buildings and factories automation, energy conservation and saving, green building implementation and indoor air quality control. He is a very experienced and rare professional for both practical and researchable practices in the engineering field. 

Leo YW LEE, RPE, FHKIE, FCIBSE, Director of KINS Engineering Limited, is a senior professional engineer with over 40 years experience in the engineering field. He has been involved in the design of many prestige infrastructure projects in HK and in the regions including various lines of HK MTR, two cross harbour tunnels and other vehicular tunnels in Hong Kong. He is an expert in the engineering field of ventilation and air conditioning. The design adopted in his projects never lacks innovation and new design ideas. Low carbon footprints is one of the key considerations in all his projects as a means to preserve the limited resource of the planet earth.

Event Detail
Event Name: CPD Webinar - High Performance Buildings with Better IAQ and Energy Efficiency
Presented By:

Dr CHE Wen Wei, Dr Harry LEE, Mr Danny IP and Mr Leo LEE

Date: 18 Aug 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This CPD event will be conducted in the form of webinar via Zoom. 

(An event reminder with Zoom Webinar ID will be provided at around a week before the event.)

Capacity: 450

1 CPD hour will be automatically uploaded to attendees' BEAM Pro/ BEAM Affiliate Individual Accounts.

Fee: Free of Charge (HKGBC Members)
Free of Charge (HKGBC Non-Members)
Contact Person: Mr Elliott TAM
Contact Phone: 39948890
Contact Email: eventregis@hkgbc.org.hk

5:00 pm -

5:50 pm

High Performance Buildings with Better IAQ and Energy Efficiency

5:50 pm -

6:00 pm

Q&A Session

Language: Cantonese (supplemented with English presentation materials)