The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is one of the major public universities in Hong Kong. The Faculty of Construction and Environment at PolyU is the largest higher education provider of professionals for the construction industry in Hong Kong. The Faculty has a local and international reputation of performing cutting-edge research in areas related to construction and built environment. In the latest (2016) QS World University Rankings by subject, PolyU ranked 12th in the world for the subject area of Architecture/ Built Environment, and 11th globally for the subject area of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Hong Kong is a densely populated urban area, and it is located among clusters of mega cities in the Pearl River Delta Region in China. A large number of studies performed by the Faculty of Construction and Environment at PolyU aims at promoting sustainable urban development through smarter building and infrastructure solutions. Examples of research topics involve green building technologies, energy efficiency, eco-friendly technologies and management practices in urban areas, the use of recycled materials, and the application of ICT. The research activities have been intensely funded by local industries, governments, and international organisations. Many of the studies are cross-disciplinary in nature, providing systematic solutions to the challenges faced by today’s cities.