High Performance Buildings

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
643 USD/credit
579 USD/credit
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The mission of the High Performance Buildings (HPB) programme is to engage in and foster education and research for the advancement of high performance buildings. 


In particular, the programme provides an opportunity for students to broaden and deepen their knowledge on the assessment of high performance buildings, which impose minimal impacts on the global carbon footprint (global impacts), provide optimised building systems performance for their owners (building impacts), and ensure the best indoor environments for the health and well-being for their occupants (human impacts).

The programme

To fulfil this mission, the High Performance Buildings programme adopts an interdisciplinary approach by linking sustainable development and high-rise building construction together with socio-economic development, focusing on climate change, carbon footprint assessment, building services system management and optimisation, and indoor environmental quality evaluation. The programme is designed to cut across the traditional boundaries of management, engineering and environmental sciences to take a broad view of sustainability issues. Integrating knowledge of high performance buildings and urban dense construction, the programme provides the most up-to-date knowledge based upon contemporary research findings.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Engineering Intelligent Buildings
  • Fire Engineering Systems
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Noise and Vibration in Sustainable Built Environments
  • Applied Solar Energy in Buildings
  • Maintenance Management of Built Assets
  • Safety Management Systems & Safety Auditing
  • Facilities Support Services Management
  • Sustainability & the Built Environment

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits

Initial Registration CreditsFor local students

  • 12 (Full-time)
  • 6 (Part-time)
For non-local students
  • 12 (Full-time)
  • 6 (Part-time)


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree with Honours relevant to architecture, construction and real estate industry, or the equivalent (including recognised professional qualifications).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    643 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 643 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    579 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 579 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • HK$4,500 per credit for local students
  • HK$5,000 per credit for non-local students


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High Performance Buildings
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University