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20/08/2015
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
AIA Hong Kong Evening Reception - Cracking the Nutshell: <BR?>the dos and don'ts of international practice...
Venue:Abrdeen Marina Club
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23/07/2015
6:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Zero Carbon Building and the City
Venue:Zero Carbon Building
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The Zero Carbon Building in Kowloon Bay is the first building to produce net-zero carbon emissions in the hot and humid climate of sub-tropical Hong Kong. Completed in 2012, the project is a joint effort between the Construction Industry Council and the Hong Kong government’s Development Bureau. Ronald Lu & Partners is the architect and Arup provided sustainable design and multidisciplinary engineering services. The evening event started with a tour of the ZCB, followed by panel discussion of distinguished sustainability leaders covering architecture, engineering, design, policy, and technologies, sharing with AIA members the multiple-perspectives of zero-carbon buildings.

Dr. Christine Loh, Under Secretary of the Environment, HKSAR, is leading the city towards a sustainable future. She encouraged AIA architects to reach out to the community of professionals, and to engage stakeholders such as developers on the path to zero carbon. Anticipating the climate talk COP 21 in Paris this fall, she cited building local capacity expertise as the major challenge of Hong Kong in sustainable development. Loh also recognized architect’s and building professionals’ unique skill set in the low-carbon goal of Hong Kong. She cited public housing as one example in the government’s building stock that have the potential of replicating a well-designed prototype and the government agency is reasonably open-minded about innovative solutions.

Jeff Klein of Big Ass Fans, a U.S.-based company selling high volume low speed fans, shared with the audience the perspective of learning from a widget. using advanced building products in low-carbon buildings. Jeff has a passion in vendors actively support architects, engineers, and building professionals via research and development, and share quality information of advancing building performance. In engaging the architecture community, the vendors also is not in an active roles working with the architects realizing the goal of low-carbon buildings.

Dr. Raymond Yau, Arup Fellow and Director of Sustainability, led the team of engineers working closely with the architects in the integrated design of ZCB. The building is sited to capture southeast prevailing wind. Along with the architectural design, the transit zone from outdoor, to naturally vent area, to air-conditioned indoor area. Meticulous work is devoted to testing and commissioning to get the systems right. Foreseeing the future of ZCB will involves big data, how to collect and interpret the massive data gathered at ZCB and will need specialist with the skills to analyze and make use of data in meaningful way. And going in the direction of zero waste/ zero water use, and contributing to a healthy environment.

M K Leung, Director of Sustainable Design at Ronald Lu & Partners, led the evening tour and shared with the audience the process and propagation. MK advocated that concept design should be initiated with more efficient process at the outset. And architects should make a more active role in utilizing data and simulation in design stage. Through this integrated design process, the for and orientation of ZCB reduces envelope heat gain and photovoltaics panels are oriented in optimize renewable energy output. The hierarchy of passive design, active design, and renewable energy.

Sean Quinn, Assoc. AIA, Director of Sustainability at 10 Design, challenges the general notion that zero-carbon with case studies of S, L, XL, and XXL zero-carbon buildings. Sean proposed that although most successful cases of zero carbon buildings are < 5000 sq.m., there are also successful cases of large-scaled ZCB such as NREL in the US, or BedZED in the UK. Perhaps more specific to Asia, is the opportunity to create mega-scaled low-carbon development with not only one but many low-carbon buildings. In the design process, the architects not only work with single owners, but also with master planners and multiple-stakeholders.

During the panel discussion, Dr. Christine Loh encouraged architects to get involved in the dialogue about achieving low-carbon goal in Hong Kong. Government offices and public buildings constitute substantial building stock, all with potential for recommissioning. Although there is a consensus of the importance of building energy code, including more flexible in performance method, Dr. Raymond Yau also amplified that architects and engineers need to be mindful not to stifle innovation in the process.

Contributor: Vikki Lew, AIA

 

Thanks to: Big Ass Fans Annual Sponsor BALOGO_CMYK1

11/07/2015
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
AIA Hong Kong Heritage Building Tour - F11 Photographic Museum
Venue:F11 Photographic Museum
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16/06/2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Architect 2030 - Urban Climate Initiative - Toward Zero Emissions
Venue:JLL
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AIA Hong Kong was proud to welcome Edward Mazria, FAIA, Hon. FRAIC, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030, in addition to The Honorable Wong Kam Sing, Secretary for the Environment for the HKSAR Government in “Architecture 2030 Urban Climate Initiative – Toward Zero Emissions,” held on June 16, 2015.  Hosted at JLL’s offices at Three Pacific Place, the well-attended and jointly-presented interactive evening lecture and discussion revolved around green architecture and energy reduction through design.

Mr. Mazria, an internationally recognized architect, author, researcher, and educator, updated AIA Hong Kong members on the “2030 Challenge.” He also introduced the 2030 Palette, a revolutionary new platform that puts the principles behind low-carbon/zero carbon and resilient built environments at the fingertips of architects, planners, and designers worldwide.  Emphasizing that time is running out relative to irreversible climate change, Mr. Mazria explained how architects and planners can — and must — have a major impact on climate change mitigation through design, using methods for achieving carbon reduction goals locally and globally with a focus toward zero emissions.

Following Mr. Mazria’s thought-provoking presentation, Mr. K.S. Wong shared the HKSAR Government’s new “Energy Saving Plan,” which featured many goals and aspirations that appeared to be in alignment with Mr. Mazria’s 2030 Challenge.  An architect by profession. Mr. Wong has been promoting green building and building energy efficiency since he began practicing, and is now a driving force for positive change in the HKSAR Government after taking office in 2012.  After the presentation, both speakers fielded a wide range of challenging questions from members, ranging from global energy efficient design to the complicated impacts of waste management in Hong Kong.

AIA Hong Kong would like to thank both Mr. Mazria and Mr. Wong for their valuable time and insights.  The Chapter would also like to thank JLL for providing a convenient venue at Three Pacific Place, Peroni for providing specialty beers during the event, and SGRI/ GGG for recycling the glass beer bottles from the event.

AIA Hong Kong members who attended this event earned 1.5 LUs / HSW toward their annual mandatory continuing education requirements.

Contributor: Tom Schmidt, AIA

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08/06/2015
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
AIA Hong Kong - Presidential Forum
Venue:Eduication First
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