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HKGBC Delegation to Singapore – Learn, Engage and Foster Green Building Development

20 Sep 2018

Around 40 Hong Kong delegates of various sectors from public to private participated in the HKGBC Delegation to Singapore, comprising HKSAR Government, Construction Industry Council, Urban Renewal Authority, property developers, contractors, consultants, architecture and engineering firms, as well as academic institutes.

Being two famous metropolitan cities in the world, Hong Kong and Singapore share a lot of similarities, not only for their high-rise built environment, but also for their emphasis on the development of sustainable built environment. To learn about the latest trends and technologies in Singapore as well as to share experience on town planning, infrastructure, public housing, and smart and green building development, the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) had organised a Delegation to Singapore during 3-7 September 2018. Around 40 Hong Kong delegates from various public and private sectors joined the delegation.

Dialogues with Policy Makers in Singapore

To engage in a closer dialogue with building-related authorities on urban planning and innovative green initiatives, the HKGBC had arranged a series of visits to Singapore’s authorities and meetings with their representatives.

The delegation first visited the Housing & Development Board (HDB) and its Centre of Building Research, Punggol Discovery Cube and Waterway Terraces to learn about Singapore’s public housing policies as well as smart and green technologies. The delegation then visited the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and its Singapore City Gallery to get to know the latest trend on city planning and infrastructure development in Singapore. The visits resulted in very fruitful discussions and substantial learnings on Singapore’s dedicated housing policies and town planning strategies.

On the second day, the Hong Kong delegates participated in the Sino-Singapore Green Building Workshop organised by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) on topics like green schools and hospitals design, sponge city technologies, precast design in housing projects and retrofitting existing buildings, with case studies practically useful for the industry in Hong Kong. After the Workshop, the delegation visited the Construction Productivity Gallery, Skylab and Centre for Lean and Virtual Construction of the BCA which impressed the delegates on how BCA is leading the overall R&D and joining hands with the private sectors to develop energy-saving building technologies, sustainable construction methods, amongst many others.

The delegation visited the Housing & Development Board, Urban Redevelopment Authority, and Building and Construction Authority to exchange views on urban planning and innovative green building initiatives.

Learn from Iconic Green Buildings and Technologies in the City

To discover more eco-friendly features, the delegates went on for a site visit to the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital - the first hospital to win the BCA Universal Design Gold Award. Its healing environment filled with greenery, vast floor area with natural ventilation and low energy building design all helped to relieve patients' anxiety and speed up their recovery process. The delegation was particularly impressed by the relationship of architecture towards health and well-being as established in the hospital.

On top of that, on 6 & 7 September 2018, the delegation visited the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and its residential halls constructed using the game-changing technology: Prefabricated Pre-Finished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) method. To further understand how prefabricated units are produced, the delegation also visited a local precast yard – Greyform. Experts from Greyform showed the steel reinforcement production, automation precast and Prefabrication Bathroom Unit (PBU) – finishing area during the visit. Prefabricated building solutions could effectively upgrade building quality, improve site safety and enhance environmental protection by reducing construction waste.

All Hong Kong delegates were impressed by the advanced green building design and technologies of the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Nanyang Technological University and Greyform.


Foster Green Building Development with Concerted Effort

The delegation also attended the International Green Building Conference 2018 on 5-7 September 2018 and engaged with international green building experts for knowledge exchange and learning. Moreover, Ir Cary Chan, Executive Director of the HKGBC was the first Panel Speaker at the session “Global View to Net Zero” after the Opening Plenary Session. He presented on how the HKGBC drives retro-commissioning (RCx) as a key strategy for Hong Kong in meeting the COP21 target.

Ir Cary Chan, Executive Director of the HKGBC shared his views on stage with around 400 participants at the International Green Building Conference 2018.

Apart from technical visits and conference, the trip was perfected with several social events. The Networking Dinner hosted by the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) on 3 September 2018 and the Annual Gala Dinner organised by the BCA and the SGBC on 6 September 2018 created excellent networking opportunities for the delegates to connect with thought leaders, policymakers and practitioners in the built environment sector from the Asia Pacific region. During the Networking Dinner, Mr Cheung Hau-wai, Chairman of the HKGBC delivered a speech and shared the latest green building advancement in Hong Kong with around 90 guests from the BCA, SGBC, World Green Building Council Asia Pacific Network and the HKGBC delegation. Whilst at the presentation ceremony for the WorldGBC Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards during the Gala Dinner, two pioneers from Hong Kong - Swire Properties Limited was awarded the Business Leadership in Sustainability whereas Ms Mary Chan from DLN Architects Limited won the Women in Green Building Leadership Award. We are so proud of the outstanding achievements of Hong Kong!

The Networking Dinner hosted by the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) and the Annual Gala Dinner organised by the BCA and the SGBC created excellent networking opportunities for the delegates to connect with thought leaders, policymakers and practitioners in the built environment sector.

The Hong Kong Delegation enjoyed a rewarding learning experience during their stay in Singapore. The HKGBC would further develop and launch initiatives and platforms to foster knowledge transfer and international collaborations to drive the global green building agenda.