Shaping sustainable living in Hong Kong through Green Building Awards
11 May 2022 – It’s no simple matter to build Green in one of the world’s densest urban environments, but there has been an increasing number of projects that applied strategies to combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions. The latest cycle of Green Building Award (GBA) 2021, co-organised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) and the Professional Green Building Council (PGBC), saw a total of 100 nominees considered for the award—the highest number since it was initiated in 2006.
Joel Chan Cho-sing, Chairman of PGBC, said: “The Green Building Award, now in its 8th edition, has gained momentum and become more and more impactful on the building industry. It has also facilitated ideas and knowledge exchange among industry practitioners in various disciplines. I am especially pleased to see the adoption of holistic and innovative approaches by the winning projects and organisations. This innovation is helping to transform Hong Kong into a Greener and more liveable city. It is also encouraging to see more and more projects and organisations embracing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), which have been adopted as GBA adjudication criteria for the second year.”
The Hong Kong government has also stated their commitment to reach environmental targets, as stated in Chief Executive of the HKSAR, Carrie Lam’s message: “Through the Hong Kong Climate Action Plan 2050, we are rolling out carbon-reduction initiatives targeting energy-saving and green buildings, as well as three related areas: net-zero electricity generation, green transport and waste reduction. Over the next 15 to 20 years, we will invest about HKD240 billion to realise our community-wide commitment of zero-carbon emissions and sustainable development for Hong Kong.”
GBA 2021 covers five categories: New Buildings, Existing Buildings, Research & Planning, Building Products & Technologies and Green Building Leadership. With the theme of “Shaping Liveability • Excellence in Sustainable Built Environment”, the biennial award recognises projects and organisations that go beyond conventional practice to advance sustainability and accelerate Hong Kong’s development into a more liveable city.
A total of 10 Grand Awards, four Pioneer Awards, and 23 Merit Awards were announced on 28 April 2022 through a Virtual Award Presentation Ceremony. Among the winners, six projects also received Special Citations for their application of UN SDGs. Here are projects that won the Grand Award:
Residential – Completed Projects:
• On Tai Estate – The Public Rental Housing Development at Anderson Road Site B
Residential – Projects Under Construction and/or Design:
• Jockey Club i-Village
• Proposed Composite Development at New Kowloon Inland Lot No. 6627, No. 24-38 Tonkin Street & No. 240-240A Fuk Wing Street
Commercial – Completed Projects:
• Grand Central
Commercial – Projects Under Construction and/or Design:
• The Henderson
• Two Taikoo Place
Institutional – Projects Under Construction and/or Design:
• E-CO Village at Lot B Tseung Kwan O Stage 1 Landfill
• MOKO – Green Management
• The Valais
Visit the Green Building Awards for the complete list of winners.