Friday, October 21, 2011

Seminar on “Less Than Zero? The Future for Buildings & Carbon Emissions” on 1 NOV

Developments in sustainable building are moving fast. Practices and terminologies that represented the cutting edge in green buildings just a few years ago are now the norm or even surpassed. The quest for “low emissions buildings” may become outdated, if a movement towards buildings with zero emissions gains ground. With its commitment to dramatically reduce carbon emissions and to change its energy mix over the next decade, Germany is experimenting with an even more ambitious concept – “Energy Plus” – buildings that create more energy than they consume.

Date:       1 NOV 2011(TUE)
Time:       2.00 – 5.00pm (Registration and networking from 1.30pm)
Venue:   The Salisbury, YMCA – Huthart Room, 3/F, South Tower, 41 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Registration: There is no charge for this event, but registration is essential.

Organized by:
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Hong Kong
Civic Exchange 

1.30-2.00pmRegistration and networking
2.00-3.00pmWelcome: Mr Werner Hans Lauk, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany
Keynote address: Buildings as Power Plants
Dr Rüdiger Kratzenberg, Head of the Building & Construction Industry Directorate of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development. Dr Kratzenberg is currently overseeing an experimental project in Berlin to design an Energy Plus family home, with the surplus energy earmarked for charging an electric vehicle. He will talk about this and other strategies in Germany for emission reductions in buildings.
3.00-3.30pmRefreshment Break
3.30-5.00pmPanel Discussion: Hong Kong experts discuss the latest zero emissions building developments in Hong Kong, including:
  • Mr David Littler, Group Director (Building Services & Sustainable Engineering), Buro Happold: Utilizing building sustainability measurement tools in Hong Kong, with a focus on the German system DGNB.
  • Dr Raymond Yau, Arup Fellow, Director of Arup Hong Kong
  • Dr Guiyi Li, Senior Manager (Research) at the Construction Industry Council:  Plans for a zero emission CIC education centre in Kowloon.
Q&A and Discussion: moderated by Ms Christine Loh, CEO, Civic Exchange
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