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Seminar on Urban Climatology and Air Ventilation

  • HKIP Office Unit No. 201, 2/F, Prosperity Millennia Plaza, 663 King's Road,. North Point, Hong Kong (map)

Dear Members,


According to the Policy Address 2014,the Government will increase land supply through on-going land use reviews and optimising the use of developed land, and will develop new land extensively through new development areas.  The Government has also set out new initiatives, amongst others, increasing the maximum domestic plot ratios in different Density Zones, with a view to increasing the floor space that can be provided on individual sites as far as permissible in planning terms.  However, the society as a whole needs to make difficult choices and to face trade-offs.  Will there be more wall-like buildings in Hong Kong in the coming future?  Will green groups' worries become true?


Urabn Heat Island (UHI) effect, urban climatology and the Air Ventilation Assessment (AVA) are the major topics in recent years.  Professor Edward NG of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who set up the Air Ventilation Assessment system for the Planning Department and responsible for the planning study of Urban Climatic Map and Standards for Wind Environment, will share with us his valuable experience in the field and introduce some of the  concepts of urban heat island, urban wind aerodynamics, air mass exchanges, urban temperature variations, and so on.  The needs for design and mitigation strategies and its effectiveness may also be explained with examples and options, as appropriate. 


To those who are interested to your own living environment, you are invited !


First come first serve.


Seminar Details:


Date: 15 February 2014

Time : 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Venue: HKIP Office

Target: 30 members

Speaker: Professor Edward NG PhD Cantab, RIBA, HKIA, IESNA, MSLL, AMS, FHKMetS, FRMetS, FRSA


Professor Edward Ng is the Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture, CUHK. He was trained and has practiced as an architect. His specialty is in Environmental and Sustainable Design and in Urban Climatology for City Planning. At CUHK, He is Director of the M.Sc. Sustainable and Environmental Design Programme at CUHK. He is an Associate Director of the Institute for Future Cities (IFOC). He is a Team Leader of the Institute of Energy, Environment and Sustainability (IEES).  As an environmental consultant to the Hong Kong SAR Government, he developed the performance based daylight design building regulations, the Air Ventilation Assessment (AVA) Guidelines, the Urban Climatic Map (UC-Map) for Planning in Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau as well as a number of Chinese cities. Among many of his research interests, he is collaborating with public health colleagues to investigate the impact of city design and climate change on urban living. Edward has designed and built many projects for the poor in North West China. He is the initiator of the charitable One University One Village Project ( He has twice received the International Award from of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), he has also twice been given the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Jury Commendation for Innovation Award, and he was the recipient of the Red Cross Humanitarian 2010 Award.


Education and Training Committee

January 2014