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Posted on on April 18th, 2008
by Pincas Jawetz (


Civic Exchange and the Architects Association of Macau (AAM) are pleased to inform you of their first joint report on buildings and climate change, titled ‘Green’ House or Greenhouse? – Climate Change & The Building Stock of Hong Kong & Macau and funded by ADM Capital Foundation.   The report argues that reducing emissions from buildings should be a priority since they are both major contributors to and very vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Other key messages include:

·                 Good buildings are vital to quality of life;
·                 Energy efficiency is crucial from many perspectives;
·                 Maximising energy efficiency gains need the right regulatory and incentive framework that must also include an integrated energy policy;
·                 Government must lead to create the right framework to mitigate and adapt to climate change; and
·                 Integrating urban planning and design is also critical to improve quality of life and energy efficiency, as well as reduce the risk associated with climate change.

The report can be downloaded from the Civic Exchange website…

To coincide with the release, on Friday 25th April 2008, Civic Exchange and the AAM will host a lively workshop on the challenges and opportunities for creating a low carbon built environment in Hong Kong. For further details and registration please go the Civic Exchange website at…

Civic Exchange is a non-profit public policy think tank based in Hong Kong that helps to improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. For more information about Civic Exchange, please visit

AAM is an association of public and private sector architects based in Macau and undertakes a variety of activities related to architecture in Macau. For more information please visit

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