Dr Lee received her Associateship from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1984. She then went to the UK for her MSc degree in Building Services Engineering from the Brunel University in 1985. After practised as a professional building services engineer for around ten years, Dr Lee joined the PolyU in 1995, and she did a part-time study at the University of Cardiff in the UK, and was awarded PhD degree in 2001. Dr Lee has been serving as a principal investigator on numerous research projects and as PhD supervisors. Her PhD graduates are now serving the energy and environmental engineering communities. She and her students study energy efficient building technology and environmental economics. She is internationally renowned for her work in building environmental performance assessments. Dr LeeíŽs research also includes dry cooling system, smart green buildings and waste heat utilization. Dr Lee and her students have published over 70 journal papers and more than 50 conference papers and technical reports. She teaches courses in air-conditioning systems and sustainable buildings. She was the Chairman of Undergraduate Programmes Committee of the Department, leading the development of the undergraduate programmes from 2004 to 2008, and was the working group leader for developing the outcome-based curriculum in 2007. She has also developed new subjects on Sustainable Buildings. Dr Lee is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (FHKIE), and is a committee member of their Building Services Division. She is also one of the twenty-five fellow female members of the Chartered Institution of Building Services (FCIBSE) and is a co-opt committee member of the Hong Kong Chapter. Dr Lee is very keen on promoting technology transfer and has been organizing workshops and conferences for the institution. She is also a member of the editorial committee on the publication of the HKIE handbook on mandatory building inspection scheme (MBIS), and the HKIE Journal. She has been working on the development and refinement of the HK-BEAM (now renamed as BEAM Plus) since first launching of the scheme in 1996.
Academic and Professional Qualifications
MSc, PhD, FHKIE, FCIBSE, CEng
Dr LeeíŽs research interests are in building energy assessments and simulations, advanced air-conditioning system design technologies, and sustainable building development. Her research outputs have made significant contributions to mitigating the global climate change arising from buildings.
Research and Academic Experiences
íP Visiting Professor of Harbin University, China
íP Visiting Professor of Tianjin University of Commerce
íP Member of the HKIE Journal Editorial Committee
íP Member of the editorial group on the publication of the HKIE handbook on mandatory building inspection scheme (MBIS)
íP Chairman of organizing committee for HKIE 1-day seminar for 2015
íP Committee member of CIBSE HK Chapter
íP Committee member of HKIE BS Division
íP Member of the technical task force on Study of Lead in Drinking Water in Public Housing Estates (2015)
íP Member of the technical task force on Mandatory Implementation of the Building Energy Codes by HKSAR Government
íP Member of Steering Committee of Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) for Research on Market Drivers for Transformation of Green Buildings in Hong Kong
íP Member of the development team of Hong Kong Building Environmental Assessment Method (HK-BEAM) Version 04/04
íP Professional assessment assessor of the HKIE Professional Assessment Committee
íP Chairman, Undergraduate Programmes Committee (2004 - 2008)
íP Programme leader, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Building Services Engineering (Full-time government-funded programme) (2004 íV 2008)
íP Working Group Leader, Developing the outcome-based curriculum (2007)
íP New Subject Development, Sustainability-related subjects (BSE1B04, BSE3511)
íP Laboratory Coordinator, HVACR laboratory.
Selected Research and Development Grants
íP Developing a Novel Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) for Energy Efficiency and Environmental Health
íP Energy conservation opportunities of dual condenser air-conditioner coupled with phase change storage system for space cooling and water heating in high-rise residential buildings for subtropical climate
íP An Investigation into energy performance contracting for enhancing its role in energy conservation in Hong Kong (Co-investigator)
íP The Building Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP): Initial Phase of Development
íP Dry cooling coil for energy saving and indoor environmental quality
Selected Major Publications
(Over 70 publications)
Part A: Selected publications in recent 5 years (correspondence author highlightedíŽ*íŽ)
íP Li Han, Lee WL* and Jia Jie. Applying a novel extra-low temperature dedicated outdoor air system in office buildings for energy efficiency and thermal comfort, Energy Conversion and Management (2016); 12:162-173.
íP Jia Jie and Lee WL*. Drivers of moderate increase in cooling energy use in residential buildings in Hong Kong, Energy and Buildings (2016); 125: 19-26.
íP Jia Jie and Lee WL*. Experimental investigations on using phase change material for performance improvement of storage-enhanced heat recovery room air-conditioner, Energy (2015); 93:1394-1403.
íP Jia Jie and Lee WL*. Experimental investigations on the use of capillary tube and thermostatic expansion valve in storage-enhanced heat recovery room air-conditioner, Energy and Buildings (2015); 101: 76-83.
íP Jia Jie and Lee WL*. Experimental study of the application of intermittently operated SEHRAC (storage-enhanced heat recovery room air-conditioner) in residential buildings in Hong Kong, Energy (2015); 83: 628-637.
íP Chen Hua, Lee WL* and Wang X. Energy assessment of office buildings in China using China building energy codes and LEED 2.2, Energy and Buildings (2015); 86:514-524.
íP Jia Jie and Lee WL*. Applying storage-enhanced heat recovery room air-conditioner (SEHRAC) for domestic water heating in residential buildings in Hong Kong, Energy and Buildings (2014); 78: 132íV142.
íP Fung YW and Lee WL*. Development of price models for architectural and environmental quality for residential developments in Hong Kong, Habitat International (2014); 44: 186íV193.
íP Lee WL*. A comprehensive review of metrics of building environmental assessment schemes, Energy and Building (2014); 62: 403-413.
íP Chen Hua and Lee WL*. Energy assessment of office buildings in China using LEED 2.2 and BEAM Plus 1.1, Energy and Building (2013); 63:129íV137.
íP Jia Jie and Lee WL*. Experimental study of performance of a dry cooling and dedicated ventilation (DCDV) system under different space cooling load conditions, Energy Conversion and Management (2013); 3:158íV166.
íP Lee SH and Lee WL*. Site verification and modelling of desiccant-based system as an alternative to conventional air-conditioning systems for wet markets, Energy (2013); 55:1076-1083.
íP Lee WL*. Benchmarking energy use of building environmental assessment schemes. Energy and Buildings (2012); 45: 326íV334
íP Fung YW and Lee WL. Developing a simplified parameter for assessing view obstruction in high-rise high-density urban environment. Habitat International (2012); 36(3):411-422.
íP Lee WL*, Chen H, Leung YC and Zhang Y. Decoupling dehumidification and cooling for energy saving and desirable space air conditions in hot and humid Hong Kong. (2012) Energy Conversion and Management; 53: 230íV239.
Part B: Selected publications beyond the recent 5 years (correspondence author highlightedíŽ*íŽ)
íP Gao CF and Lee WL*. Evaluating the influence of openings configuration on natural ventilation performance of residential units in Hong Kong. Building and Environment (2011); 46:961-969.
íP Zhang Lian and Lee WL*. Evaluating the use heat pipe for dedicated ventilation of office buildings in Hong Kong. Energy Conversion and Management (2011); 52(4): 1983-1989.
íP Chen H and Lee WL*. Combined Space Cooling and Water Heating System for Hong Kong Residences. Energy and Buildings (2010); 42(2) 243-250.
íP Gao CF and Lee WL*. Optimized design of floor-based air-conditioners for residential use. Building and Environment (2009); 44(10): 2080-2088 .
íP Lee WL* and Burnett J. Benchmarking energy use assessment of HK-BEAM, BREEAM and LEED; Building and Environment (2008); 43(11) 1882-1891.
íP Lee WL* and Lee SH. Developing a simplified model for evaluating chiller system configurations. Applied Energy (2007); 84: 290íV306.
íP Lee WL* and Burnett J. Customization of GBTool in Hong Kong. Building and Environment (2006); 41(12):1831-1846.
íP Yik FWH and Lee WL*. Rebate as an economic instrument for promoting building energy efficiency in Hong Kong. Building and Environment; (2005) 40(9):1207-1216.
íP Lee WL* and Yik FWH. Regulatory and voluntary approaches for enhancing building energy efficiency. Progress in Energy and Combustion Science (2004); 30:477-499.
íP Lee WL*, Yik FWH and Jones P. A strategy for prioritising interactive measures for enhancing energy efficiency of air-conditioned buildings; Energy (2003); 28(8): 877-893.
íP Lee WL* and Yik FWH. Regulatory and voluntary approaches for enhancing energy efficiency of buildings in Hong Kong. Applied Energy (2002); 71: 251-274.
íP Lee WL*, Yik FWH, Jones P and Burnett J. Energy saving by realistic design data for commercial buildings in Hong Kong. Applied Energy (2001); 70: 59-75.
Lee WL, Fung YW. Price Models Development for Architectural and Environmental Quality for Residential Buildings in Hong Kong. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing (2014-09-08): ISSN 978-3-659-59422-9.
íP Building energy simulation for green building design & certification + ASHRAE Energy Code 189. BEAMPro CPD Training, Hong Kong; 9 July 2014,
íP Developing a General University Education Requirements subject. Harbin University, Harbin, China; 28 May 2014.
íP Policy options to reduce building energy use in Hong Kong. Harbin University, Harbin, China; 27 May 2014.
íP Sharing session with postgraduate students - my Initiatives to reduce building energy use in Hong Kong. Tianjin University of Commerce, Tianjin, China; 26 May 2014.
íP Performance-based approach for assessment of building energy efficiency - A CPD Programme for practising as registered energy assessors under the Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance (Cap 610). Technical Seminar, Hong Kong; 16 August 2012.
íP Comparing energy uses for institutional buildings. BEEP Forum, Hong Kong; 2 May 2012.
íP Developing an outcome based curriculum íV a case study. Harbin University, Harbin, China; 23 April 2012.
íP Building environmental performance assessment in Hong Kong. Harbin University, China; 24 April 2012.
íP Keep the Creativity Flowing. Faculty Forum. Hong Kong Polytechnic University; December 2008.
íP An information centre for HVAC systems design. Faculty Forum, Hong Kong Polytechnic University; December 2006. − Assessing energy use by energy budget approach. Business Environment Council. August 2005.
íP Assessing annual energy use and maximum electricity demand in Hong Kong Buildings. Energy Workshop. Business Environment Council; November 2004
íP Selection of improvement measures under limited budget. Faculty Short Course Hong Kong Polytechnic University; February 2004.
íP A review of HKBEAM. Sharing session on Green Building Design, City University, Hong Kong. May 2001.
íP Energy simulation for office premises. Seminar on Green Building Management and Designs, Business Environment Council. March 2001.