Saving Energy through Technology: Green Drinks October Forum @ Arup
- 16-10-2014 19:00 - 21:00
- Arup Associates, Shanghai
We’ve spoken about how the household can be built with sustainable materials and specific curtain walls and facades to cut down on electricity bills and drive energy independence, but in the day of smart technology, energy-saving solutions can quickly be implemented within the household.
From smart thermostats to sensors, technologies are being innovated to truly change energy consumption patterns without compromising livelihood. Nest Labs Inc. has designed a thermostat that learns the user’s schedule and can even detect heat differences between humans and animals. Developers in Sweden have become the first to create a ‘passive house museum’, using only the body heat of visitors and equipment located inside to effectively heat the facility.
This forum will talk about the various innovations, how these technologies are becoming mainstream, and how attendees can cut down on their energy consumption with some household electronics upgrades.
Note: This event is free to everyone who registers, so PLEASE REGISTER below. A token RMB20 will be collected from non-registered guests.
- 18.30 – 19.15: Registrations, Drinks and Networking
- 19.15 – 20.00: Event introduction and speaker presentations
- 20.00 – 20.30: Panel Discussion / Q&A
- 20.30 – 21.00: Drinks & Networking
Wai Sem Morris
Subject: Presentation will talk about how architects can utilize data and software technology to make the design of future buildings more sustainable and efficient.
Background: Wai Sem Morris is a UK registered Architect currently working for NBBJ-Shanghai. With over 10years of experience based in the UK , China and Hong Kong, she brings awareness of design technology and sustainability issues in order to pursue a better built environment from feasibility through to completion. Her experience includes award winning projects like Unilever House, London (KPF), and 5 Merchant Square, London (P+W). Her knowledge on CAD systems stems from her passion on computer games technology, including a year stint in creating a AAA game for BAM! Entertainment.
Subject: Danny will talk about their company’s core product that cleans HVAC cooling towers and makes the systems run more efficiently, thus consuming less energy. Customers can save energy bills from 5% to 18% and also reduce their maintenance cost by saving labor and chemical expenses.
Background: Danny Au is the Senior Business Development Director for Greater China Region of the Synergy Group. He has been with the company for more than three years and has vast experience in the patented technology of Synergy and also its application in various areas. Synergy business covers Hong Kong, Taiwan, Guangdong, Shanghai, Macau and Thailand with renowned customers such as Hong Kong International Airport, Shangri-la Hotel, ParknShop, Kadar and Flextronics.
Subject: It is now widely acknowledged that the energy using systems in commercial buildings ‘drift’ away form their energy-optimised state over time. Studies have found that efficiency losses of between 10% to 30% are common within the first two years. How can this slide be arrested? How can the savings achieved by investing in high-tech, high-efficiency systems be maintained?
Background: Australian Mike Hall has a wide-ranging background in technology, education, media and product design. As Director of Product Development for Baseline, Mike has designed and implemented an integrated digital platform to manage the entire process of designing, constructing and maintaining commercial buildings. Mike has lived in Shanghai for last eight years.
Subject: The presentation will talk about EQuota, which is designed to serve energy management needs of communities in China. It aims at providing unique SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solutions to energy management, grid monitoring with carbon calculation and trading platform of future clean energy market.
Background: Charlotte has an M.S. in System Design and Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a focus on energy system and renewable energy technology. She continued to stay on a research role at MIT after graduation, focusing on low-carbon energy efficiency, energy economics and policy. She has over ten years working experience in energy consulting, clean technology development and energy policy. She co-founded PolyChroma LED company in 2010, and has now co-founded EQuota Energy Low-Carbon Analysis Management firm.
Subject: Buildings now consume more energy than ever as a result of the explosion in awareness about air quality that has resulted in a dramatic increase in the use of filtration and fresh air systems. However, after doing numerous RESET certified pilot projects, it has become clear that it is also possible to use these systems to save energy.
Background: Raefer Wallis is the principal of A00 Architecture and GIGA. Bridging the gap between IT, material science and the built environment, his software is used by the world’s largest developers and design firms while being designed to accelerate environmental regeneration. Recipient of numerous awards for design and design sustainability, he lectures extensively both in China and Internationally. He received his masters degree in Architecture at McGill University in Montreal, Canada prior to setting up his Shanghai practice in 2004.
'Green Inspiration' Series
Human beings like to consume. We enjoy our favorite products, prefer living in large homes, and are rarely conscientious about our energy and water usage. However, our actions have consequences and every time we consume, our landfills get larger and greenhouse gases are released which adversely affect our planet.
But, there is a solution and it lies in the inspiring green designs in products, packaging, building materials, agriculture, and technologies. These disruptive ideas and technologies pave the way for a more sustainable future by easing our carbon footprint as well as creating new revenue streams and entrepreneurial opportunities.
In this series of Green Initiatives Forums at Arup from July to December, we will take a look at these inspiring breakthroughs in green technology that will lead to a paradigm shift in the way humans decide to purchase products, buy homes, and use their energy. Attendees will gain the knowledge of how they can be involved in this new wave of green technology through business and/or as consumers.