What does a sustainable future mean for the built environment?
Sharing examples of leadership in sustainability and wellness design, M Moser Directors, Wing Leung and Dr Christine Bruckner, addressed the pressing need for greener building practices at the International Green Building Symposium in Hong Kong on 12 June.
Dr Bruckner opened the session with an example of the M Moser-designed South China Morning Post (SCMP) workplace to demonstrate sustainable use of eco-friendly materials, employee mobility and social interactions within an environment that prioritises connectivity and wellness.
From a recruitment perspective, Leung illustrated how M Moser supported the business and cultural transformation of AllianceBernstein in Hong Kong by creating an innovative and sustainable workplace that not only attracts and retains talents, but also takes vital care of well-being. “Clients are increasingly aware of the benefits that prioritising sustainability and wellness brings to their organisation,” he highlighted. “Their workplace becomes a recruitment asset that sets their corporate identity apart.”
The transformation of SCMP and AllianceBernstein resulted in achieving three design awards from the American Institute of Architects, including a Sustainable Future Award.
The conference ended with an insightful panel discussion where Dr Bruckner, speaking alongside Leung and other industry professionals, provided thoughtful advice on waste reduction by suggesting to repurpose existing furniture and materials in built environments. “Designs need to be more adaptable and flexible,” she shared, referring to the M Moser New York office where desks on wheels and other moveable furniture create a truly agile and durable workplace.
She concluded the discussion by stressing the importance of incorporating technology that can track elements such as water and air quality to empower a healthier environment for all, “Everything that can be measured can be improved.”
Organized by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Hong Kong chapter of the AIA, the International Green Building Symposium Hong Kong highlighted the environmental and economic value of green buildings. The event brought together regional opinion leaders and green building professionals to address the efforts needed for a healthier, more sustainable built environment in Hong Kong and around the world.