IES has recently become a member of the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC), which represents a strong network of green building experts. This aligns with IES’ objective to help promote sustainability and green building practices in the region, with the support of IES technology and initiatives.
Earlier this year, the Hong Kong Government released a new climate action report, outlining the long-term measures they intend to take to combat climate change and significantly reduce carbon emissions. The report outlined ambitious new targets to reduce Hong Kong’s carbon intensity by 65%-70% by 2030 (against 2005 levels) amounting to an absolute reduction of 26%-36% or 3.3 to 3.8 tonnes in per capita emissions by 2030.
With buildings currently accounting for around 90% of Hong Kong’s total energy consumption – yes, you read that right, 90%! – the built environment is the main contributor to carbon emissions in the city. Significant steps will need to be taken in the coming years to improve the environmental performance of Hong Kong’s buildings, if the Government targets are to be successfully achieved.
Recently, my colleague, Ms. Ketki Phanse, and I met with Ir. Cary Chan and his stellar team from the HKGBC to share and discuss our ideas on tackling the key sustainability issues facing Hong Kong’s green building industry. The meeting began with a presentation of some of IES’ key technology offerings which could be useful for building design as well as operation. I was able to share just some of the ways in which we can support the industry to improve the wellbeing of the people of Hong Kong and transform their city into a greener built environment. Ketki and I were in turn able to learn more about some of the projects the HKGBC are currently working on and identified some potential areas where IES may contribute. These include support for improved energy modelling processes in Hong Kong and the implementation of IES-SCAN/Ci2 technology and services, to monitor and optimise the ongoing operational performance of buildings across the region.
Above from left to right: Ms. Carmen Lau, Ms. Heidi Hui, Ms. Ketki Phanse, Mr. Rohan Rawte & Ir. Cary Chan.
We have now set in motion a number of initiatives intended to support Hong Kong’s green building industry. This will include a programme of regular IES training and networking events and it is also our intention to provide improved energy modelling guidelines to engineers and architects across Hong Kong. We also plan to investigate further ways in which we can support programs that are linked to HKGBC such as the BEAM Plus rating system, used to assess sustainable building performance in Hong Kong, as well as options to assist building owners in achieving improved energy performance for their buildings.
Myself and the rest of the IES Asia team are looking forward to working closely with HKGBC over the coming months and into the foreseeable future.
Based in Hong Kong and interested to find out more about how IES can help you achieve green building goals? Watch out for details of IES training and networking events in due course or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.