The theme for the conference was Constructing our Future and as we emerge from the pandemic it is essential that we turn our attention to the future. The construction industry is evolving so quickly, and whilst this presents many opportunities, it also presents many challenges.
Our esteemed speakers Ar. Donald CHOI, Executive Director and CEO at Chinachem Group, Ir. Professor Thomas CHAN, Executive Director at WSP (Asia) Limited, Dr. Raymond YAU, General Manager, Technical Services & Sustainable Development at Swire Properties Limited, Mr. Victor TAI JP , Under Secretary for Housing at HKSAR Government and Ms. Clarice YU JP , Director of Buildings at HKSAR Government, identified and explored the challenges and presented future solutions and innovations. Sharing their expertise and technical knowledge with the audience they provided information that can be used to implement the necessary changes that will have a real benefit to projects, buildings and buildings users lives.
One of the biggest challenges in the construction industry is its aging workforce– over 40% of those working in the construction industry in Hong Kong are over 55 – and it was acknowledged that we need to do more to encourage young people into the industry, it is an exciting industry, an industry that is embracing modern methods of construction, new technologies and new innovation, but young people are failing to recognise just how exciting the industry is and dismissing it as a career.
It is time to change, and some of this change will come from new, innovative digital technologies – AI, BIM, drones, robotics, computer simulation tools – and as professionals we need to continue to embrace this technology. These opportunities to create a modern culture for the industry, tools that will facilitate modern decision-making, drive efficiencies, improve safety structures and introduce news methods of working will change the face of the construction industry. and digital evolution is now a must to ensure the continual success of the sector.
The speakers explored the opportunities to decarbonise commercial buildings. Looking at how to implement net zero carbon projects into the industry and how to record robust construction data that allows you to identify consumption, to benchmark and compare usage and to identify trends. The audience was reminded that it is only when we can understand what the data is telling us that we can make effective and informed decisions allowing us to create smart energy management platforms and climate resilient designs for all new development projects.
Design for Well Being in public housing was explored in detail. With proven evidence that demonstrates that when you consider the wellness of the building inhabitants you can enrich people’s living standards. This should now be a critical consideration in the design of future buildings and is a key focus for CABE and its members.
The future of the construction industry is dependent on professionals collaborating, sharing knowledge and discussing solutions. Collaboration is a key part of CABE’s values, and we encourage professionals throughout the industry to embrace as many opportunities to come together – to discover more, to learn more. It is only by collaboration that members and professionals will adapt to the needs of the industry and build a better future for everyone.
Our thanks go to our sponsors Wanson Construction Company Limited, Pruden, S K K (HK) Co Ltd, Shinny Performance Training Centre, and KYSS Properties Limited for their support in delivering this successful conference and gala dinner.
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Notes to Editors:
Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) is a unifying voice within the construction sector.
As a professional body we bring together members, who work across the life-cycle of the built environment specialising across a wide range of disciplines. CABE shares knowledge, raises standards, and develops professionals, enabling them to meet the highest standards we all expect of them.
By supporting our members CABE improves collaboration and competency ensuring that building meet our essential human needs, today and tomorrow.
In 2020, CABE opened its first international office in Hong Kong. The Asia Pacific Office strengthens the links between CABE HQ and members in the region. Dedicated staff provide exceptional service in the region to improve collaboration, raise competency, and ensure that buildings meet our essential needs.