Performance Gap between Building Design and Operation

Performance Gap between Building Design and Operation

Design for Performance – How to close the performance gap between building design and operation

Supported by the Environment & Energy Committee



Jonathan Yau, Associate Director, Cundall Hong Kong


As the construction industry is working toward significant carbon reduction target, it has become increasingly important to bridge the performance gap between building design and actual performance.

Traditionally buildings are designed to certain standards and regulations. However, the responsibility of actual carbon emission during operation stage is generally decoupled from designers. This creates a performance gap when asset owners and operators want to predict and manage the carbon emission of new buildings. 

Design for Performance is an approach to manage building performance from early stage. This lunchtime seminar will discuss the process of design for performance, performance gaps in the industry, as well as examples and lessons learnt from other countries such as UK and Australia, including the successful NABERS scheme, which is being considered in other jurisdictions like the UK and Hong Kong. 


About the speaker

Jonathan Yau is a sustainability specialist with wide range of sustainability development, innovation and R&D experiences.

He started his career in UK as mechanical engineer specialised 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 in low carbon management in new and existing buildings, as well as helping business to unlock their carbon reduction potential. He believes “Big things have small beginnings” and that a truly sustainable development can only be achieve by integrated approach. 

Currently Jonathan is the sustainability team leader of Hong Kong office and is an active member in green building industry. 


  • Member: HK$300
  • Non-Member: HK$550




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2/4/2020 12:00 PM - 1:45 PM
China Standard Time
The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong 1904 Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central

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