First zero carbon building in Hong Kong.

Number: pap. 758

Author(s) : LAI A., LEUNG M. K., YAU R., et al.


In Hong Kong, buildings consume most of the energy and are the major contributor to the greenhouse gas emissions. To combat consequent climate change, Hong Kong opened its first Zero Carbon Building for the public in 2012. Commissioned by Hong Kong’s Construction Industry Council and designed by architects at Ronald Lu & Partners and engineers at Ove Arup & Partners HK Ltd, the 1,500 square meter, two storey buildings aspire to be the first zero carbon building even when taking the embodied energy of the building into account. The team firstly clarified the definition and set the goals of the building. It then investigated the micro-climate of the city site and designed the building passively to minimize energy needed. Various active devices were then added to balance the remaining energy loads. Monitoring systems were added for the day to day operation. In addition, despite the hot and humid climate of Hong Kong, the building occupants will be working in a mainly naturally ventilated building with appropriately designed work spaces. The building will serve the function not only as an office, it has a large exhibition space and a demonstration home for low energy living. It is set in a park that had been designed with bio-diversity in mind. The park will create a better micro-climate for the surroundings. Post occupancy studies will be conducted in the future as to evaluate how the building will perform. The building has just won the Grand Building Award 2012 organized by the Hong Kong Green Building Council. This paper elaborates the political and technical journey of the 18 months design and built process.

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  • Original title: First zero carbon building in Hong Kong.
  • Record ID : 30009672
  • Languages: English
  • Subject: Environment
  • Source: Clima 2013. 11th REHVA World Congress and 8th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation and Energy Conservation in Buildings.
  • Publication date: 2013/06/16


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