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David BROWN


Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Environment and Sustainability

Email: davidbrown@ust.hk
Office: Rm 4412 (lifts 17/18)

Biography

David's passion for energy conservation started in 1964 when he built a solar water heater as his high school project.

He graduated in Mechanical Engineering and continued in energy management designing mobile power generation systems and later air-conditioning of commercial buildings.

In 1976 he designed and built his first 'Green Home' in Brisbane Australia. The passive design kept the house cool in summer and warm in winter without the use of air-conditioning.

Later, as Fleet Manager of a government department he was able to rationalise the large fleet of cars, trucks, tractors and construction machinery  and reduce the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 40%.

He completed his MBA in 1996 and formed his consultancy company, "Sustainable Business Solutions".

David Joined the Business Environment Council as Head of the Buildings and Energy Efficiency division in Hong Kong where his team monitored and certified Hong Kong's green buildings under the BEAM program. He managed the establishment of the Hong Kong Green Building Council and BEAM Pro training and certification program. David also conducted Energy Audits to advise companies how to reduce their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

As Adjunct Assis. Professor, he teaches a "Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency" course at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

His present voluntary roles include:

  • Acting Chair, Sustainable Business committee – Australian Chamber of Commerce, HK
  • Chair, Energy Advisory group – Friends of the Earth, HK
  • Co-chair CSR committee – Friends of the Earth, HK

He also volunteers and shares his career skills with NGOs in Australia, and Nepal.