Chair of the WorldGBC, Mr William McDonough, Ms Meaghan Lloyd of Gehry Companions and Professor Jiang Yi from Tsinghua College will likely be on the Jury Panel to supply skilled insights to the contestants
HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 26 March 2021 – The Hong Kong Inexperienced Constructing Council (HKGBC), a non-profit organisation devoted to remodeling the metropolis right into a greener constructed atmosphere, introduced at present the launch of Hong Kong’s first “Advancing Web Zero” Concepts Competitors together with Swire Properties (1972.HK) as Principal Companion of the mission.
The Competitors invitations worldwide trade stakeholders, designers, academia, and know-how specialists to contribute concepts on find out how to transfer Hong Kong’s constructing sector in the direction of carbon neutrality – a net-zero place – for a sustainable future. Winners and shortlisted candidates will likely be eligible for a complete of HK$1.2 million in prize cash.
Some world-renowned names are sitting on the influential Jury Panel which embrace Ms Tanya Cox, Chair of the World Inexperienced Constructing Council; Professor Jiang Yi, Director of the Constructing Vitality Analysis Centre of Tsinghua College; Mr William McDonough, architect and globally recognised chief in sustainable growth and design, and founding accomplice of William McDonough + Companions; and Ms Meaghan Lloyd, Companion at Gehry Companions, the acclaimed agency based by Pritzker Prize Laureate Frank Gehry.
The consequences of world warming are already stressing our ecosystem, so combating local weather change, and decreasing our carbon footprint has change into a vitally essential mission for your entire world neighborhood. A particular report printed by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Local weather Change (IPCC) in 2018, acknowledged that whole man-made greenhouse fuel (GHG) emissions want to halve by 2030 and attain a “net-zero” place by round 2050 with a view to restrict world warming to lower than 1.5 levels and keep away from a local weather disaster for our planet.
Based on the World Inexperienced Constructing Council (WorldGBC), buildings at the moment account for 39% of energy-related carbon emissions globally. In densely populated Hong Kong, nonetheless, greater than 60% of carbon emissions are ascribed to buildings, and 15% to twenty% of the lifecycle carbon footprint of buildings is attributable to building. Decreasing these figures by means of inexperienced constructing practices is due to this fact important.
“Advancing Web Zero” (ANZ) is a worldwide initiative launched by the WorldGBC to advertise net-zero carbon buildings. That is in keeping with the Hong Kong Authorities’s environmental goal to attain carbon neutrality by 2050.
The ANZ Concepts Competitors consists of two classes: (i) Future Constructing and (ii) Present Constructing. Ar. Ada Fung, Chairperson of the Organising Committee of the ANZ Concepts Competitors stated, “The general intention is to stimulate modern and helpful carbon discount insights from multi-disciplinary professionals, elevate public consciousness, generate new concepts and options, improve studying and information sharing on Advancing Web Zero, and to push the boundaries to design future-ready buildings and retrofit current constructing inventory to advance internet zero emissions economic system by 2050. The Competitors additionally goals to speed up the constructing trade to undertake and develop low/zero carbon design and applied sciences, and to stimulate the opinions of present laws and code of practices to facilitate the event of eco-technology the place acceptable.”
Mr Cheung Hau-wai, Chairman of the Hong Kong Inexperienced Constructing Council stated, “Hong Kong is without doubt one of the world’s prime tier metropolises and is known for its high-rise structure. Its subtropical local weather with immense constructing density means it’s essential for us to implement low carbon methods and generate energy-efficient design options for buildings. We sit up for interacting and exchanging concepts with multi-talented specialists world wide within the hope of making a low carbon future for our neighborhood.”
Mrs Elizabeth Kok, Director and Senior Advisor of Swire Properties Restricted stated, “As a part of Swire Properties’ long-term dedication to sustainable growth, we’re excited to be supporting the primary ANZ Concepts Competitors, which may encourage our trade to take motion and produce constructive change to the constructed atmosphere and past. As Principal Companion, we’re supporting this distinctive initiative by providing in depth information harnessed from two of our superior buildings at Taikoo Place; it will assist facilitate in-depth evaluation of actual instances, and foster authentic options that may advance to internet zero buildings in a high-density metropolis like Hong Kong.”
Main trade influencers as Jury Panel
The “Advancing Web Zero” Concepts Competitors has been nicely acquired by native and worldwide trade leaders who additionally sit on the Jury Panel. Ms Tanya Cox, Chair of the World Inexperienced Constructing Council stated, “Accelerating a internet zero constructed atmosphere is without doubt one of the surest methods to fight local weather change. To unlock the 1.5 levels ambition of the Paris Settlement, we have to encourage and incentivise internet zero options. HKGBC’s “Advancing Web Zero” Concepts Competitors offers the motivation we have to convey these formidable concepts and innovation to life.”
In regards to the HKGBC “Advancing Web Zero” Concepts Competitors: https://anzideascompetition.hkgbc.org.hk
In regards to the HKGBC: www.hkgbc.org.hk.
About Swire Properties and its SD efforts: www.swireproperties.com.