[Public Seminar] Hamburg – Hong Kong Dialogue: Green Buildings – Prototypes and Best Practice Examples

[Public Seminar] Hamburg – Hong Kong Dialogue: Green Buildings – Prototypes and Best Practice Examples

Date(s): 05/11/2015
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hong Kong Green Building Council Office, Kowloon Tong

Language: English

Admission: Free

Event Partner(s):
Hong Kong Green Building Council
-Free and Hanseatic
-City of Hamburg
-Ministry of Urban Development and Housing
Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Mr. Uli Hellweg, CEO, Hellweg Urban Concept Berlin, former Managing Director of IBA Hamburg
Mrs. Mary Chan, Assistant Director and Head of Sustainable Building Research, Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects and Engineers (HK) Ltd. (tbc)

Supporting Organizations:

  • German Consulate General
  • Port of Hamburg


Event Description:

Synopsis of Mr. Hellweg


Starting with a brief description of the specific topographic situation of Hamburg on the banks of the tide open Elbe estuary and the dramatic historic experience of flooding, the presentation shows that a Green Buildings can only play a major role for an energetically efficient urban development when they are embedded in a comprehensive strategy of mitigation and adaption. It is not about lighthouses but the day-to-day business of building, maintaining and using the urban fabric. In this context, dealing with the existing housing stock plays a crucial role. Green Buildings in HafenCity and IBA are being presented in their specific strategic context. HafenCity Green Buildings like the Spiegel- or Unilever-Building are as well presented as the cutting edge experiment building like the “Algae House” or the “Soft House” in the framework of IBA. In addition the worldwide unique “Renewable Wilhelmsburg Concept” of IBA will be described briefly. Concluding some results from latest evaluations of the concept will be presented.


Title of Ms. Chan: Sustainable Neighbourhood Development in Hong Kong


Sustainable neighbourhood development in Hong Kong is both a challenge as well as an opportunity. The Double Cove development which has been awarded The Green Building Award 2012 – Merit Award for New Building HK (Building under Construction), is one of the best examples to demonstrate this phenomenon. This large scale residential development has evolved based on sustainable development principles and has achieved Platinum rating in Hong Kong’s BEAM 4/04 and 3-Star rating for China Green Building Design Label, achieving highest rating in each of these green building certification. It is also undergoing pre-certification of LEED for Neighbourhood Development.  When fully developed, this green neighbourhood will be the home to over 3,500 households. It demonstrates how market driven private residential development can contribute to solve the housing needs of Hong Kong while successfully achieving environmental, social and economic objectives.


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