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HKU Engineering – HKU ZIRI Building Environment Lab Director, Professor Yuguo Li , recognised by the ASHRAE’s “Louise and Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow” Award

Professor Yuguo Li, Chair Professor of Building Environment at the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Building Environment Laboratory at HKU-ZIRI, has been honoured the Louise and Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award 2021 by The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), in recognition of his contributions and pre-eminence in engineering and research work.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Its ventilation and thermal comfort standards are the most adopted worldwide in air conditioning and ventilation design. The Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award is one of ASHRAE’s most prominent awards. Professor Li was named the 2021 recipient of the Award - the only recipient  from an Asian country since its initiation in 1979.


Professor Li is an expert in ventilation of indoor environments with a focus on environmental transmission of diseases. Since early 2020, Professor Li and his collaborators in virology and epidemiology have conducted a series of epidemiological and environmental studies on more than 15 important COVID-19 outbreaks in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Tokyo. They revealed the key role air ventilation played in an outbreak in indoor environment. The team also provided the first study on airborne transmission in a restaurant in Guangzhou, the only study to date with the most complete environmental and human contact data. Their work led to the hypothesis of the predominant short-range inhalation route of SARS-CoV-2, which has since been accepted by the World Health Organization.


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