Australian and Hong Kong green building councils focus on sustainable future

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Australian and Hong Kong green building councils will enhance collaboration and accelerate the universal adoption of sustainable building practices.

According to Chief Executive of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Romilly Madew, the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) and GBCA share a common vision to promote green buildings to reduce the built environment's impact on climate change and improve the quality of life of city residents.

"With Australia's population set to reach 35 million by 2050, and 85 per cent of our citizens living in cities, the high-density urban challenges Hong Kong faces today will be Australia's challenges tomorrow.

"Both councils are committed to working together to drive the sustainable building agenda in their countries, and believe enhanced co-operation will assist our building and construction sectors to adopt green building practices, as well as exchange best practices in managing and administering rating programs."

Kevin Edmunds, Executive Director of the HKGBC, echoed the benefits of closer co-operation with the GBCA, adding that: "Awareness is increasing about the carbon footprint associated with buildings, and many parts of the community in Hong Kong are actively working to reduce this. Closer collaboration between the GBCs in Hong Kong and Australia will do much to accelerate progress towards more sustainable and low-carbon built environments in both nations".

The MoU outlines a number of areas of collaboration, including:

  • sharing knowledge of their respective green building rating systems and other events, education, advocacy and research programs
  • collaborating on strategies to dramatically reduce the impact of the built environment on climate change
  • facilitating opportunities for secondments and/or training of respective staff
  • working together with the World Green Building Council to help accelerate global best practice for market transformation
  • assisting other countries to develop green building councils and green building rating systems, under the auspices of the World Green Building Council.

"Climate change is a global problem, and this MoU demonstrates our joint commitment to global solutions," Ms Madew concludes.

About the Hong Kong Green Building Council
The Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) was inaugurated in November 2009 to lead the market transformation towards a sustainable built environment in Hong Kong by guiding the development of industry standards, best practices, education and research in green buildings.

By engaging a strong body of members, HKGBC brings together leaders from across the property and construction industry to create practical solutions for Hong Kong's unique high-rise and subtropical built environment. HKGBC's initiatives include BEAM, the Building Environment Assessment Method, to rate and enhance the performance of Hong Kong's new and existing buildings.