The mission of the High Performance Buildings (HPB) programme is to engage in and foster education and research for the advancement of high performance buildings. In particular, the programme provides an opportunity for students to broaden and deepen their knowledge on the assessment of high performance buildings, which impose minimal impacts on the global carbon footprint (global impacts), provide optimised building systems performance for their owners (building impacts), and ensure the best indoor environments for the health and well-being for their occupants (human impacts).
To fulfil this mission, the High Performance Buildings programme adopts an interdisciplinary approach by linking sustainable development and high-rise building construction together with socio-economic development, focusing on climate change, carbon footprint assessment, building services system management and optimisation, and indoor environmental quality evaluation. The programme is designed to cut across the traditional boundaries of management, engineering and environmental sciences to take a broad view of sustainability issues. Integrating knowledge of high performance buildings and urban dense construction, the programme provides the most up-to-date knowledge based upon contemporary research findings.
A Bachelor’s Degree with Honours relevant to architecture, construction and real estate industry, or the equivalent (including recognised professional qualifications).
Applicants who are not native speakers of English, or whose Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution at which the medium of instruction is not English, are expected to fulfil the following minimum English language requirement for admission.
A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test, 550 for the paper-based test, or 213 for the computer-based test;
An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS);
The Chinese mainland's College English Test (CET) Band 6.
Individual cases will be considered on their own merit by the departments concerned. Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency.