Energy in buildings in Hong kong - A lesson for the mainland

Christopher Y.H. Chao, Philip C.W. Kwong

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Abstract

This paper discusses how the consumption pattern of occupants and architectural design of buildings affect the building energy consumption. An overview of the building energy consumptions in Hong Kong is presented. Electricity consumption data in Hong Kong may have resulted in various indications and estimates of the inevitable growth in electricity demand. The growth rate varies in different sectors and depends on the end-use pattern together with the economic activity. The increasing standard of living causes greater need of resources and sometimes may lead to abusive consumptions. In the last decade, the electricity consumption by the commercial sector increased by 52%. Not only the expansion of property market enabled the growth, but the mode of consumption and the architectural styles also brought the tremendous consumption. The community tends to chill the indoor environment far below the sensible temperature to avoid complaints in offices and shopping malls, and some buildings are illuminated 24 hours a day for decoration purpose. Wealth enables greater demand of energy while at the same time ignores the impact to the environment. However, the technological advancements in lighting, building materials and the space conditioning system partially compensate the surge of consumption. China is one of the world's most rapidly developing economies and the community is looking for higher standard of living.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIAQVEC 2007 Proceedings - 6th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation and Energy Conservation in Buildings
Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Built Environment
Pages495-502
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event6th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation and Energy Conservation in Buildings: Sustainable Built Environment, IAQVEC 2007 - Sendai, Japan
Duration: 28 Oct 200731 Oct 2007

Publication series

NameIAQVEC 2007 Proceedings - 6th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation and Energy Conservation in Buildings: Sustainable Built Environment
Volume3

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation and Energy Conservation in Buildings: Sustainable Built Environment, IAQVEC 2007
Country/TerritoryJapan
CitySendai
Period28/10/0731/10/07

Keywords

  • Building energy
  • Consumption pattern
  • Energy saving scheme

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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