In April 2015 members heard from Yau Lee Executive Director, Ms Rosana Wong, a pioneer in the use of technology to achieve sustainability in the construction and hospitality industries.
Some green changes were motivated by wastage, such as marble lobbies where excess stone is rejected in order to match patterns. Today stone can be “printed” to achieve designs with no compromise in aesthetics.
In planning, buildings can be oriented to minimise sun exposure – a significant concern in air conditioning-hungry Hong Kong. Living walls, solar panels and rain-water capture are proven techniques to reduce consumption.
Yet in one Hong Kong hotel new material that “captures” cold is used as headboards to ensure night-time sleeping comfort when the room temperature is increased to save electricity.
Together these technologies allow a 40% reduction in energy usage compared to peer hotels.