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Competition Brief

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Advancing Net Zero Ideas Competition Brief
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The Competition is open internationally to multi-disciplinary organisation-based teams. A Submission made by an Entrant to the Competition can be a collaborative effort representing the work of a team of individuals from one or more organisations. Team members can be based locally and internationally, but the registrant on the registration form must be a registered local organisation in Hong Kong. (Note: There is no restriction on the number of submissions made by a team or an organisation.)

Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged, including but not limited to architects, designers, engineers, surveyors, product and/or technology innovators, academics etc.

Members of the Organising Committee, Technical Committee, Advisory Team, Jury Panel, and employees of the Organiser and the Principal Partner, as well as others who are directly involved in the organisation of the Competition (and their immediate family members), will not be eligible to take part in the Competition, nor to assist Entrants to the Competition either directly or indirectly.

Competition Stages

This Competition is a two-stage ideas competition:

Stage One of the Competition seeks to:

  • Invite multidisciplinary teams (architects, engineers, contractors, product suppliers, academics etc.) to propose design ideas and concepts, and illustrate an integrated holistic approach to net zero carbon  building in a high-rise high-density subtropical urban context based on the selected project sites;
  • Stimulate a wide range of innovative ideas, designs, technologies, products, systems and construction techniques for advancing net zero from across the industry; and
  • Showcase emerging innovations, technologies and products as well as those that exist in the market but which could be scaled up in their applications.

After assessment by a Jury Panel, target a minimum of SIX (6) and a maximum of EIGHT (8) entries would be shortlisted for Stage Two Competition, comprising at least THREE (3) and at most FIVE (5) entries shortlisted for each of the Future Building category and the Existing Building category.

In Stage Two of the Competition, the aim is for shortlisted teams to take forward and develop the ideas and concepts from their Stage One submissions to deliver the best proposal for the identified project sites in sufficient detail for assessment to satisfy the requirements for the 3 key themes, the design brief, and to deliver the objectives of the Competition.

Teams will produce proposals: with details including but not limited to supporting research, information and calculations to substantiate and illustrate the deliverability and versatility of their concept proposal for development on the selected project sites; overcome regulatory and financial barriers; and demonstrate the proposal’s broader application(s) to Hong Kong’s distinct subtropical high-rise high-density urban context.

Assessment Criteria

Assessment of anonymous entries to Stage One and Stage Two of the Competition will be based on the following weighting:


Low/zero carbon technology

Original adoption and effective integration of low/zero carbon technologies with passive and active design, to achieve maximum energy and carbon reduction (both operational and embodied).



Provision of a high standard of occupant comfort, and enhancing the health, wellbeing and experience of occupants, whilst engaging and inspiring occupant behavioural change within the building to maximise energy and carbon reduction.



Ideas, concepts and solutions should be practical, scalable and replicable—able to be applied to other commercial buildings, project sites, high-density urban contexts and/or even other building typologies. They should also provide value for money.



Use of innovative ideas and solutions to address the 3 themes with demonstration of a reasonable expectation of approaching net zero carbon across the building lifecycle and within a specified timeframe. Ideas and solutions should also stimulate the review of current regulations and code of practices for progress to net zero.



Submissions will be assessed on their quality and clarity.