At the 16th anniversary dinner of the Hong Kong Institute of Project Management (HKIPM) on 16 May 2019, Prof. Albert Chan of the Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE) was honoured with a Project Management Achievement Award 2018 for developing a personal cooling system for combating heat stress in the construction industry. His 11-member research team included his BRE colleagues Prof. Michael Yam, Dr Daniel Chan, Dr Edmond Lam, Dr Jackie Yang, and Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Construction (HKIC) Dr Francis Wong. The same project also received a Project Management Award from the Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management in November 2018.

Supported by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council for 3.5 years, the project not only improved the well-being of construction workers, but also developed a standard of heat stress precautionary measure that was subsequently adopted by the Construction Industry Council. A personal cooling vest from the project is also being licensed by the Occupational Safety and Health Council to benefit workers who require protection from heat in their occupation.

Prof. Albert Chan (middle) and Dr Daniel Chan (left) receiving the award