To enable Hong Kong's participation in the Green Building Challenge 2000  

Project Title: To enable Hong Kong's participation in the Green Building Challenge 2000

Applicant: Business Environment Council

Total Approved Grant: $56,146.00 (jointly funded by WWGF & ECF on a 50/50 basis)

Duration: 1.8.2000 to 31.1.2001

Project Status: Completed

Scope: To enable the Hong Kong team to prepare the environmental building assessments and to participate in the Green Building Challenge 2000 held in Maastricht, the Netherlands in October 2000.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:

Green Building Challenge is an international collaborative effort to appraise the environmental, economic and social sustainability of buildings around the world using a standard assessment framework - the GB Tool. Over a hundred assessments were presented at the October 2000 Sustainable Buildings conference in Maastrict, with participants from Argentina, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, USA, and Wales.

Hong Kong's participation brought together the private sector, government and academia to:

  • raise awareness in sustainable buildings in Hong Kong, promoting (both locally and overseas) the SAR's efforts;
  • apply the GB Tool to the Hong Kong context, helping to define sustainability goals for the building sector;
  • set environmental building benchmarks, providing a basis for continual improvement in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong team for Green Building Challenge 2000 consisted of professionals and researchers from the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Hong Kong University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Business Environment Council. The four properties assessed were Swire Properties' Oxford House, Architectural Services Department's Po Kwong School, Hong Kong Housing Authority's Sheung Tak Estate, and Hong Kong University's Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building.

Objectives achieved:

Green Building Challenge 2000, and particularly the assessments using GB Tool, provided significant benefit to all participants and researchers in increasing their understanding of building and environment issues in Hong Kong, and how these are addressed worldwide. The setting of benchmark standards from the study is already helping Hong Kong to consider and develop tools and methods for future environmental building assessments.

The results were disseminated in Hong Kong, at the conference in the Netherlands and distributed overseas to the more than 600 delegates in other participating countries. The results and information obtained from the conference have also been used for CEPD training programmes for professionals and students in Hong Kong.