The Hong Kong Green Building Council Announces the Winners of the "Advancing Net Zero" Ideas Competition for Building Solutions to Address Climate Change
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30 November 2021 -Climate change is without doubt the most pressing
concern in the world today. At the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, world leaders agreed on two major initiatives to tackle the problem: Ending
deforestation and reducing global methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030 as compared with 2020 levels. Hong
Kong is eager to help, and earlier this year launched the first "Advancing Net Zero" (ANZ) Ideas
Competition to help drive net zero solutions in the building sector. Organised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) with Swire
Properties as the Principal Partner, the competition attracted great interest
and the winners were announced today.
competition invited experts from around the globe to contribute innovative
design ideas and practical solutions in two categories: (i) Future Buildings
and (ii) Existing Buildings and under three main themes: (i) Zero carbon
& ultra energy efficiency, (ii) Embodied carbon, (iii) Health and sustainability.
Participants could propose their ideas based on the real data of two office
towers – site of One Taikoo Place and Oxford House in Taikoo Place, so that the
solutions generated could be realistic and the implementation feasibility could
be enhanced. The overall aim was to move Hong Kong's building sector towards a
sustainable future and actively meet the Hong Kong Government's target of
achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 by fostering innovative
solutions for the city.
Ar Prof Ada FUNG, Chairperson of the Organising Committee of the
Competition said: " Hong Kong is a
signature model for a subtropical, high-rise and high-density urban context
which is always a challenge for designers and architects when it comes to
decarbonisation. Targeting the commercial building sector which accounts for 65%
of electricity consumption in the city, we were delighted to see so many multi-disciplinary
professionalal teams from around the world participate in the competition. In
total, we received 22 entries from 58 organisations and companies. The entries were all of a very high standard and we have
seen lots of inspiring and avant-garde concepts for both the local and global
building sectors. We are glad to see some similar innovative ideas and trends emerging
from different teams. Harvesting these ideas and solutions, we would build a
Knowledge Bank to help accelerate their adoption by the industry to achieve net
Professional Jury of Global Experts
Jury Panel was composed of well-known experts from different industries
including Ms Tanya COX, Chair of the World Green Building Council; Professor
JIANG Yi, Director of the Building Energy Research Centre of Tsinghua
University; Mr William MCDONOUGH, the founding partner of architects
William McDonough + Partners and a globally recognised leader in sustainable
development and design; and Ms Meaghan LLOYD, Partner at Gehry Partners,
the acclaimed firm founded by Pritzker Prize Laureate Frank Gehry.
jury selected three Winners and five Merit Awards from the eight
shortlisted finalists in the Future Building and Existing Building category.
The eight teams are eligible for a total of HK$1.4 million in prize
Category – A seamless carbon positive experience for users intergrated with
innovation and technology
two winning entries for the "Future Building" category are A) "The
Treehouse" by Ronald Lu & Partners (Hong Kong) Ltd. and B) "Taikoo
Green Ribbon" by Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Limited. The three merit
awards for this category include Eckersley O'Callaghan Asia Limited, Modus
Architecture Ltd and Leigh & Orange Ltd.
Using the concept of the sacred union between man and nature,
"The Treehouse" is a new calibre of workplace which aims to promote
carbon positivity through cutting edge technology, design and management.
Highlighted by large amounts of green landscaping and plants,
"The Treehouse" features a self-shading façade for the upper storeys as well as
a rooftop PV system to avoid solar heat and help generate renewable energy for
daily operations. To reduce energy consumption, large PV integrated overhangs
with daily light reflectors; a windcatcher that can capture cool air from 200
meters above ground; and a BIPV – CLAD solar chimney will be installed to
promote natural lighting and ventilation for the building's interior. The idea
is to inspire and encourage everyone to reinvent their relationship with the earth
and make strides to create positive changes for our future.
B."Taikoo Green Ribbon"
Featuring over 4,250 sq.m of green open space and garden, a 1km
landscaped ANZ jogging path and a series of state of the art technologies, "Taikoo
Green Ribbon" designed by Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Limited is a
unique and innovative workplace that introduces an entirely new urban
Apart from restoring the local ecosystem and biodiversity by
using extensive green elements, ranging from wildlife attracting flowers to
wind-resistant plants to create a nature-driven community, the distinctive building
also incorporates sets of passive and active environmental systems inside and out
to create an advanced net-zero and carbon neutral development. The design also
utilises an almost full natural ventilation strategy for the offices to
minimise energy consumptions and enhance user's wellbeing and comfort at the
Existing Building Category –
Utilising waste to generate renewable energy for operation
winner of the "Existing Building" category is "The Living Lab" by Ove Arup
& Partners Hong Kong Limited. The two merit awards for this category
include LWK + PARTNERS and Woods Bagot.
"The Living Lab" Using a holistic design approach to reduce energy
demand and increase on-site renewable energy generation at the same time to
achieve a net-zero goal, "The Living Lab" is a nurturing ground to
encourage behavioural change from every little step.
Featuring a renewable system, the building upcycles the algae
in the building's façade together with food waste and black water to generate a
renewable energy supply of electricity and hot water for daily operations through
the tri-digestion process.
Mr CHEUNG Hau-wai, Chairman of the Hong Kong Green Building Council said, "Climate change is an urgent global challenge for all
countries. Hong Kong is full of talented professionals in the building sector who
could contribute proactively to help achieving carbon reduction targets as a
member of the global village. We have seen outstanding insights and ideas from
the applications to accelerate green building practice for Hong Kong as a high
density city as well as for the rest of the globe in eco-construction.
Together, we can create a low carbon and eco-friendly future for our planet."
"We are delighted to join the HKGBC in realising
the city's first ANZ competition," said MrsElizabeth KOK, Director and Senior Advisor of Swire Properties. "It is
encouraging to see so many innovative ideas, which can inspire our industry to
take action and bring positive changes to our built environment. As a keen
sustainable development advocate, Swire Properties is working full steam ahead
towards reaching our approved
1.5C-aligned science-based targets to fight climate change. We look forward to
more innovations in our industry to help push us further to achieve carbon
help encourage a transformation in the market, all the valuable and pioneering
solutions from the winners and merits will be showcased viaa public
exhibition, an e-book and hosted on HKGBC's website. The first exhibition will
be held at Linkbridge, Lincoln House, Taikoo Place (between 29 November – 17
December) and will travel to various districts in Hong Kong with details to be announced.
Dialogues with the Government will also be held to hopefully fast track the
solutions to the policy level.
"Advancing Net Zero" Ideas Competition
Exhibition – First Stop
Lincoln House, Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road, Quarry Bay
The Hong Kong
Green Building Council Limited (HKGBC) is a non-profit, member-led organisation
established in 2009 with the vision to aspire for quality and sustainability at
every stage of the building life cycle and embrace these principles as a mark
of excellence. The Founding Members of the HKGBC include the Construction
Industry Council (CIC), Business Environment Council (BEC), the BEAM Society
Limited (BSL) and the Professional Green Building Council (PGBC). Its mission
is to lead the market transformation to a sustainable built environment in Hong
Kong by guiding the development of industry standards, best practices,
education, and research in green building.
Swire Properties develops and manages commercial, retail, hotel and residential
properties, with a particular focus on mixed-use developments in prime
locations. Swire Properties is listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange
of Hong Kong and its investment portfolio in Hong Kong comprises Taikoo Place,
Cityplaza and Pacific Place. In addition to Hong Kong, the Company has
investments in the Chinese Mainland, the United States, Singapore, Indonesia
Properties launched its Sustainable Development (SD) 2030 vision and strategy
in 2016 to integrate SD into every aspect of its operations and inspire