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Architecture, Environment & Housing Construction, Safety & Built Environment

Embodied Carbon Assessment and Optimization for the Construction Industry

Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
8 weeks
English supplemented with Cantonese
Course Fee
Deadline on 02 Jul 2021 (Fri)
3762 0070
2214 1870
How to Apply
The start date of this course is yet to be confirmed. Interested parties may email with the subject line "Join Contact List of Embodied Carbon Assessment (ARCH9086)" (text can be left blank) to receive a notification when the course is open for application.


World Green Building Council has set an ambitious target to reduce upfront embodied carbon. Embodied carbon is a relatively new topic in Hong Kong but has become essential in the building industry. This course emphasizes the balance of sound theoretical understanding as well as practical skills to manage embodied carbon. Students will be introduced to understand the basic concept of embodied carbon, assessment method, reduction opportunities in the design and construction stage, and associated project management skills.

Programme Details

  • Introduction of embodied carbon 
  • How to assess embodied carbon
  • Low embodied carbon materials 
  • Design optimization 
  • Low carbon construction site management
  • Project procurement and embodied carbon related policy
  • Design/ research project I
  • Design/ research project II
Class Schedule


Day (Thursdays)

July 2021

8, 15, 22, 29

August 2021

5, 12, 19, 26

Application Code 1935-1883NW -

Days / Time
  • Thursday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • 8 meeting(s)
  • 2 hours per meeting

Teacher Information

Ir. Jonathan Yau, (MEng, CEng, MCIBSE, MASHRAE, BEAM Pro)

Jonathan is a sustainability specialist with a wide range of sustainability development, innovation and R&D experiences. He started his career in the UK as a mechanical engineer specializing in low carbon building design and carbon assessment. He returned to Hong Kong in 2008 and has since focused on green building and low carbon management projects in Hong Kong, China and South-East Asia. Jonathan is passionate about low carbon management in new and existing buildings and helping business unlock their carbon reduction potential. He believes “Big things have small beginnings” and that an integrated approach can only achieve truly sustainable development. Currently, Jonathan is the sustainability team leader of the Cundall Hong Kong office and is an active member of the green building industry.


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$2,400

Entry Requirements

Anyone with an interest in construction embodied carbon.


Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method
Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

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  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
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  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.