DSD's research and development projects win two greening awards (with photos)

     Two projects of the Drainage Services Department (DSD), namely the "Eco-hydraulics Study on Green Channels" and "Research, Planning and Promotion of Sustainable Drainage System for Climate Change and Flood Resilience in Built Environment", have received the Silver Award of the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA) Landscape Awards 2016 and the Merit Award of the Green Building Award 2016 respectively, recognising the department's outstanding research and development achievements in promoting environmental protection and sustainable development.

     The Director of Drainage Services, Mr Edwin Tong, today (November 24) said that the department is committed to environmental research and development to promote innovative green building technologies and greening designs, with the aim of creating green living space with due consideration for the ecological environment and the promotion of sustainable development.

     Organised by the HKILA, the HKILA Landscape Awards seek to promote excellence in landscape planning, design, management and research. By concluding and reviewing the experience and effectiveness of previous green channel projects, the "Eco-hydraulics Study on Green Channels" contributed to the production of practical guidelines for river channel designs that take into account environmental and ecological factors. The guidelines set out that, in the design of drainage systems, the ecological value of drainage channels should be optimised in addition to fulfilling flood control requirements, providing an important reference for practitioners in drainage planning and management.

     Organised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council and the Professional Green Building Council, the Green Building Award aims to commend projects with outstanding performance and contributions to sustainable development and the built environment. "Research, Planning and Promotion of Sustainable Drainage System for Climate Change and Flood Resilience in Built Environment" is a collection of the fruitful outcomes of a number of DSD researches and development projects covering river revitalisation, rainwater harvesting, porous pavements, green roofs, bioswales and constructed wetlands. It shows that the Sustainable Drainage System builds flood resilience and helps reduce the urban heat effect and energy use in buildings, providing significant environmental benefits.

Ends/Thursday, November 24, 2016
Issued at HKT 17:48