Green Buildings in the Post-COVID19 Era

Thursday, July 15th 2021

Via Zoom

17:00 – 18:30 (HK)

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15th July 2021, 5-6.30 pm (HK), (10-11.30 am BST, 11 am-12.30 pm CEST)

Since December 2019, the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been spreading widely around the world. When facing major public health emergencies, prevention and control are key elements. To contain the epidemic, the areas for residents' activities are restricted to communities and remaining indoors. As a result, buildings - as a gathering base for most people - now play a significant role in preventing and controlling the COVID-19 virus. 

Green building is a milestone in the building technology development process in many countries. The latest standard adheres to the technical route of people-oriented, performance-based, and quality-improved while aiming at implementing the concept of green development and expanding the connotation of green buildings.

Green Buildings in post COVDI19 era

The criteria for green buildings are beneficial to the COVID-19 prevention and control. 

The forthcoming webinar aims to elaborate on three key dimensions:

  1. The positive effects of green buildings in the COVID-19 prevention and control.
  2. The trend of green building financing.
  3. The practice of sustainability in real estate.

[Ref: The contribution of green buildings in the fight against COVID-19, World Green Building Council [online]. Available at:]

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Welcome and introduction

Cecilia Tsui, Founder and Executive Director, Innovation Forum Hong Kong



Mr Andy Wong, Head, Innovation & Technology, InvestHK



Corin Wilson, Director, Trade and Investment, Department for International Trade in Hong Kong


Green Buildings in the Post-COVID19 Era

Ir Dr Vincent Cheng, Arup Fellow, Director of Sustainability, Arup


Financing of Green Buildings

Dr Rocky Tung, Director, Head (Policy Research), Financial Services Development Council, Hong Kong SAR Government


Sustainability in Real Estates

Mr Johnny Yu, Advisor to Chairman, Henderson Land Development Co., Ltd


Discussion (Sr Prof Wong Bay and Dr Cecilia Tsui)


Concluding Remarks (Dr Cecilia Tsui)


Mr. Andy Wong is the Head of Innovation and Technology at InvestHK. He leads a team of technology specialists with a major focus on promoting and facilitating overseas investments in Hong Kong for setting up and expanding their operations in the form of sales & marketing, regional headquarters, R&D and/or innovation centre. His key focused technology clusters include biotech/biomedical, medical devices, healthcare services, AI and robotics, microelectronics and environmental technologies.

Prior to InvestHK, Mr. Wong was a consulting director at PwC to provide a broad spectrum of multi-industry consulting services, covering business strategy, market analysis, due diligence, financial and business plan. Prior to PwC, Mr. Wong was a strategy director at Cisco System where he led the Greater China consulting team to help MNC undertake business transformation through applications of advanced technologies.

Mr. Wong graduated from the University of Birmingham, UK in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and has a master’s degree in accounting from the University of New South Wales, Australia. Mr. Wong is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Certified Practicing Accountant, (CPA) Australia.

Corin is a career civil servant and diplomat for the UK Government with nearly 20 years of experience in trade and investment working across the world. Focussing on both policy and commercial aspects, Corin has worked in Beijing, Johannesburg, London and Bangalore as well as supporting UK Government activities across South East Asia more widely. He has recently taken up a role as Director, Trade and Investment, for the Department for International Trade in Hong Kong.

In his spare time, Corin enjoys cycling and running and when possible visiting as many theatres, museums and galleries as possible.

Dr Vincent Cheng is a Fellow and Director of Sustainability of Arup in East Asia. He leads a group of engineers and specialists practicing primarily on sustainable developments and low carbon building design in the region. He has been involving in many pivotal green building projects including the K11 Atelier King’s Rad, Victoria Dockside, CIC ZCB, Hysan Place, One Taikoo Place in Hong Kong; Chengdu Raffles City, Chongqing Raffles City, Palace 66, Riverside 66 and Parc 66 in China; South Beach in Singapore and Samsung Green Tomorrow in S. Korea. Besides, he leads the District Cooling System projects in many districts in Hong Kong (including Kai Tak Development, West Kowloon Cultural District and New Development Areas at Kwu Tung North, Tung Chung East and Lok Ma Chau Loop). His team has developed the BEAM Plus NB V2 and Building Energy Codes (2012, 2015, 2018 and 2021) in Hong Kong. Under his leadership, Arup was awarded as “the BEAM Consultant with most BEAM Plus Final and Provisional Platinum Projects” by HKGBC in 2015.

Dr Cheng serves in various government and professional bodies on energy and sustainability of Hong Kong, currently as Board of Director of Hong Kong Green Building Council, Member of Energy Advisory Committee of Environment Bureau, Expanded Building Committee and Technical Committee on Design and Construction Requirements for Energy Efficiency of Buildings of Buildings Department to provide advice on sustainable building issues. Dr Cheng sees the importance of educating young talents to service the industry and the community. He is the Chairman of Advisory Committee of the School of Energy and Environment of CityU since its inception in 2009.

He has written a book titled “Building Sustainability in East Asia”, published by Wiley in 2017, to promote the importance of sustainability to the industry and public. Recently, he has been awarded as the Sustainability Leader of the Year in the HKMA Hong Kong Sustainability Award 2018/19.

Dr Tung is the Director, Head of Policy Research for the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC). He leads the team responsible for conducting policy research and industry surveys for the formulation of proposals to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and financial regulators.

Prior to joining the FSDC, Dr Tung was the Director of Capital Markets Policy for CFA Institute, covering research areas related to capital market structures (e.g. corporate governance, regulatory environment) in the Asia Pacific region. Before that, he was the Senior Economist for the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, where he oversaw its macroeconomic research, as well as labour- and international trade-related policy research functions. He also served as an economist and a research analyst for banks, a trade credit insurer and a Hong Kong-based think-tank.

Dr Tung holds a doctoral degree in organisational leadership from the Northeastern University in Boston USA. He has received a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree, both in Economics, from the University of Hong Kong and the University of Wisconsin – Madison, respectively.

Johnny Yu joined Henderson Land Development Company Limited in April 2020 as the advisor to Chairman. Prior to joining the company, Mr Yu held various senior positions with UBS, Credit Suisse and Price Waterhouse in both Hong Kong and London. He brought 26 years of extensive experience covering multiple disciplines including sales and marketing, investment advisory, accounting, tax, risk management and control, with his recent focus being digital transformation, innovation and sustainability.

Mr Yu has graduated from The London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London with a bachelor's degree in Management Science. He has attained his MBA degree in Finance from City University of London. He is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.

Sr Prof Wong studied Surveying and Building Technology and obtained his MBA from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He further received advanced management education in UC Berkeley, USA, Hsing Hua University, Beijing, University of Pennsylvania, USA and University of Oxford, UK. Sr Prof Wong is currently the Chairman of the Special Committee on Planning, Design and Construction and a Member of, Executive Committee of Hong Kong Housing Society.

Prior to this, he was the Assistant Director in Housing Department. He is an expert in real estate development, building surveying and facilities management. He has long been engaged on operational building maintenance, improvement and revitalisation services. Sr Prof Wong is an educator. From 2010 to 2016, he was the Programme Director for the MSc programme in Interdisciplinary Design and Management in the Department of Real Estate and Construction of the University of Hong Kong. He is currently an Adjunct Professor and teaches subjects targeting in developing leaders for the Industry and sharing his experiences in managing construction, maintenance and conservation projects.

Sr Prof Wong is the immediate past Chairman of Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) and a member of the Green Building Faculty of HKGBC. He motivates and implements green applications in Hong Kong buildings. Sr Prof Wong is an active member of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS). He was presented “Distinguished Building Surveyor 1998” by the HKIS. He was elected President of HKIS (2010-11) in 2010. Currently, he is serving at HKIS as Chairman of the Project Management Committee, Senior Members Committee, and Member of the Disciplinary Panel. He is the convenor of the jury panel for the HKIS Best Development and Conservation Award 2021.

Dr Cecilia Tsui is passionate about building and delivering value through innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and problem-solving. Having worked for multinational corporations and the higher education sector, Cecilia is a senior executive and a Serial Entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Innovation Forum Hong Kong, which is responsible for developing initiatives in Greater China / Asia Pacific for the Global Innovation Forum. In recent years, Cecilia has been serving as a judge and a mentor for universities’ innovation and entrepreneurship programmes. Also, Dr Tsui is a mentor of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s (CISL’s) Accelerator Programme.

Dr Cecilia Tsui has developed an MBA course on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technological Change with a leading American scholar. She is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, and the Founder Chairperson of its Hong Kong Branch (CMI HK). Cecilia holds qualifications in various disciplines, including PhD in Quality Assurance in Higher Education (University College London, UK), MSt in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (Cambridge University, UK), MBA (Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales, Australia), MEd (The University of Hong Kong). Dr Tsui is keen to promote youth entrepreneurship, to facilitate profitable growth of startups, and to enrich innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems for the greater good.

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