Spotlight on green alternatives

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 March, 2011, 12:00am

Wherever ecologically friendly commercial buildings take shape there is a good chance that forward-thinking serviced office providers will follow in order to offer businesses a green alternative.

Experts committed to creating office buildings using sustainable materials and methods, with energy-saving and environmentally friendly designs, will gather in Hong Kong for the 'premier green building event' in Asia-Pacific.

The fourth GreenBuild Asia-Pacific Conference and Tradeshow at the Mira Hotel, from May 17 to 19, will also feature government and industry leaders discussing the latest developments in green buildings.

The event will include a 'Live Project, Hands On' in which those at the helm of four continuing projects will work with conference delegates to discuss their work and consider new ideas.

Each session will involve 30 to 50 industry professionals invited to tackle one issue and to solve a problem related to those encountered by the 'real-life' partner project. The project owner will first make a 30-minute presentation then preselected stakeholders, or interested parties, will lead a quartet of 45-minute mini workshops, each focusing on a particular aspect of the problem. If little headway is made in solving the green-issue problems, then at least the delegates would have had the chance to network and sell products or services to each other.

The first project will look into the development on the former airport site at Kai Tak. Developments there will include parks, a cruise ship terminal and sustainable buildings. But one of the biggest problems will be the cleaning of polluted waterways.

A new campus at the University of St Joseph in Macau is the focus of the next project where options for onsite power generation and storage are being explored, among other initiatives.

On the second day of the conference, Arnfinn Oines, who has the grand job title of 'social and environmental conscience' at the Six Senses Resorts and Spas, challenges delegates to enhance the luxury resort chain's decarbonising initiative.

Then it's the turn of Beijing's Silo City to raise the challenges encountered when trying to reduce dependence on cars, attaining the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building standards and implementing green technology.

Tang Man-bun, the government's Civil Engineering and Development Department's Kai Tak office head, says: 'The Kai Tak development is planned to showcase urban design and green development of Hong Kong, and we look to the pool of expertise at GreenBuild Asia-Pacific to help us articulate green initiatives.'