Message of the Chair (session 2019/2020)

Dear Fellow Members,

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Hong Kong Branch.  At this special occasion, it is a real honor and pleasure for me to be elected as the Chair of the CIBSE Hong Kong Branch in the session 2019/ 20.  I am very grateful to be working with a team of experienced and enthusiastic building services professionals in coming year.  With all achievements and solid foundation made by our predecessors, it would be a challenge and exciting job for me to lead the Hong Kong Branch to grow and expand further.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the unfailing support of our Past Chairs and Honorary Advisors, their excellent work and insights had laid a firm foundation for the continuous development of the branch and explored new opportunities and ways to expand CIBSE contribution to the local industry.  Great appreciation must also give to our team of very capable and devoted HKB committee members, members of the Shanghai Panel and the very energetic young members in YEN for their wholehearted contribution and making many successful and valuable activities to members and the industry.

In my coming term of service, riding on the success of the previous Chairs and Committee as well as our expanded network in Macau, Shanghai and University of Nottingham in NingPo and also working closely with the capable committee team and other partners in the industry, I am confident that we will be able to provide a variety of quality activities, which would include technical and social events, industry connection functions, training and development events, and also to upkeep the professionalism and the reputation of CIBSE in the industry through active participation in relevant consultation groups or Government Task Forces, and collaboration with academia and professional institutions.

Continuous growth of membership is important for the expansion and development of CIBSE.  Being the largest Branch of CIBSE, we will continue to organize a broad spectrum of CPD courses and Joint Symposium to our members and professionals in Hong Kong and Mainland.  As usual, we will maintain a close contact and communication with HQs to update members on the latest technologies and applications worldwide and transfer them to Hong Kong once they are available.  We will proactively provide feedback and opinions received from our HK members to HQs so that interests of the HK members are taken into account in HQ’s planning.

The Branch will organize the Hong Kong Awards in recognition of demonstrated High Performance Buildings in Hong Kong in 2019.  It would drive organizations and engineering professionals to improve efficiency, quality, safety and operating costs through more effective building services design and installation to the benefit of business and society.  We do not only support the Science, Art and Practice of building services engineering, but also foster and stimulate the willingness of the student and graduate members to be professional building services engineers.  Our scholarship program to full time local university / institution outstanding students will continue as annual event.  Communication with our members and links with our professions through regular newsletter and organizing social events for members’ networking, through our Branch Website and Facebook, will be strengthened and updated regularly.  In addition, the Branch will further develop opportunities and specific collaboration for members in China and Macau and participation in CIBSE events in UK.  We will encourage consultants and developers to participate more in the Award Competition in HQs and Hong Kong.

With full support of our dedicated team of committee members, including members of the Shanghai Panel and YEN, I am confident that the branch would further advance to promote the core vision and missions of CIBSE and provide better services to the members in Hong Kong.

Last but not least, I would like to solicit the continued support of all the members to the Branch such that we could have another successful year in the coming session. We welcome members’ views or suggestions regarding the works and activities of the Branch to help improving the services to the members in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China.

Ir Dr. Raymond K.L. Chan
CIBSE Hong Kong Branch (2019/20)

1 April 2019