Sustainable Urban Climate and Comfort Lecture Series at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

John Brodie has just attended the ‘’invite only’’ series of cutting edge lectures over six days on sustainable urban climate and comfort at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Organised by Professor Edward Ng from the Architecture Faculty, this unique series of lectures was presented by the leaders in the fields of urban climatology, urban climate and geography, urban planning, thermal comfort and building design in the tropical and sub-tropical environments.

Leading Professors from all around the world converged in Hong Kong and presented their latest research and thinking in one hour and a quarter lectures. These lectures were based on how the urban climate impacts massively on climate change and how climate change will then impact massively on the urban climate and some of the low and zero energy solutions.

A large amount of discussion was based around what constitutes thermal comfort in an outdoor environment while there was also detailed discussion around the impact of natural ventilation and its importance in providing comfort not only inside buildings but also outside buildings to pedestrians etc. in these hot and humid climates.

Detailed consideration was also given to the role of building design and layouts, and streetscapes as well as the overall urban planning strategies needed to significantly reduce the heat loads and heat islands effects which will result in less energy use.

The head of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Professor Kolli, presented on climate data and how the WMO are committed to improving the collection and dissemination of climatic data to assist all practitioners to better understand and implement climatic information at a much more micro scale than is currently available.

The head of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Building Sustainability Programme provided a fascinating lecture on what the cost of adaption and mitigation to climate change is now and will be in the future and how the UNEP is supporting the required changes to building design for both new and retro fit applications.

This unique and challenging series of lectures certainly created an environment of learning, interaction and challenges as the small group of just over 80 attendees including 23 Professors thoroughly interrogated each other’s lectures and science.

All in all it was a fascinating week.

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