Skip to main content

What’s On


[Call for Entries] Hong Kong’s First “Advancing Net Zero” Ideas Competition organized by HKGBC (Hong Kong Green Building Council)
Local, Announcement, Competition

Hong Kong’s First “Advancing Net Zero” Ideas Competition for Carbon Neutrality

Registration is now OPEN!

The Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC), dedicated to transforming the city into a greener built environment, proudly launches the first “Advancing Net Zero” Ideas Competition in Hong Kong along with Swire Properties as the Principal Partner. The project aims to advocate the World Green Building Council’s global project of “Advancing Net Zero” (ANZ) and the Hong Kong Government’s environmental target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.


The Competition invites international industry stakeholders, designers, academia, and technology experts to contribute ideas on how to move Hong Kong’s building sector towards carbon neutrality – a net-zero position - for a sustainable future. Winners and shortlisted candidates will be eligible for a total of HK$1.2 million in prize money.  

The Competition will be held from March to October 2021 in two stages, and are available in two categories – (i) Future Building and (ii) Existing Building. Under the key theme of Advancing Net Zero, HKGBC looks to stimulate ideas, concepts, and solutions that can push boundaries in designing net-zero buildings under three sub-themes: (i) Zero Carbon and Ultra-Energy Efficient, (ii) Embodied Carbon, and (iii) Healthy and sustainable.


Here’s the key timeline of the Competition.



Open for registration

25 March 2021

Closing date of registration

7 May 2021

Stage One

May – June 2021

Stage Two

July – October 2021

Announcement of final results

November 2021


Target Participants & Eligibility: 
The Competition is open internationally to multi-disciplinary organisation-based teams. Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged, including but not limited to architects, designers, engineers, surveyors, product and/or technology innovators, academics, etc. An entry 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.)


The “Advancing Net Zero” Ideas Competition has been well received by local and international industry leaders, academia and forward thinkers from the architectural, design, engineering, surveying and built asset industries. Some world-renowned names will sit on influential Jury Panel including:

  • Prof. Christopher Chao (Dean of Engineering and Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering of The University of Hong Kong)
  • Ms Tanya Cox (Chair, World Green Building Council)
  • Prof. Jiang Yi (Director, Building Energy Research Centre of Tsinghua University)
  • Mrs Elizabeth Kok (Director & Senior Advisor, Swire Properties)
  • Prof. Lam Khee-poh (Provost’s Chair Professor of Architecture and Building & Dean of School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore)
  • Prof. Stephen Lau (Honorary Professor, Faculty of Architecture of The University of Hong Kong)
  • Ms Meaghan Lloyd (Partner, Gehry Partners, LLP)
  • Mr William McDonough (Founding Partner, William McDonough + Partners)

The competition is now open for registration. Please complete the registration and find more details on the Competition website ( Don’t miss the chance to leave your mark on Hong Kong’s Advancing Net Zero journey!

Please click the following link for REGISTRATIONCall for Entries - ANZ Ideas Competition (

Official Website of the Competition: Home - ANZ Ideas Competition (