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Dr Hoy-Yen Chan

This project aims to develop strategies for a transition to zero energy housing in Malaysia which can be adapted according to local conditions.

Economy: Malaysia

Partnering Australian Institution: University of South Australia

Project Title: Creating a Transition to Zero Energy Housing in Malaysia

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Project Outline:

In Malaysia, low energy buildings have been promoted for the commercial sector but not in residential buildings. The present research is looking to use the Lochiel Park Green Village as a learning case study, which can be applied and adapted according to local conditions , with ultimate aim of developing strategies for zero energy housing transition in Malaysia.

Reasons for applying for fellowship:

"Low carbon housing is a relatively new topic in Malaysia. The "living laboratory" of the Lochiel Park Green Village provides on-site energy performance monitoring and is a good learning platform. This will not only widen my knowledge, but also help me to become one of the pioneers in developing the concept of low carbon living in Malaysia".

Past Achievements:

Two fellowship positions were set aside to assure involvement for early career researchers. Dr Hoy-­Yen Chan is an early career researcher but was also ranked within the overall top 10 for the 2016 Australia-APEC Women in Research Fellowship.


She has a long list of publications featured in international journals.

Hoy-Yen is a Board Member on the South East Asia Sustainability Network (SEASN) and was a writer of the Task Force of Academy Science Malaysia (ASM) on the Carbon Free Energy Roadmap 2015-2050. She has presented in conferences in the UK, China, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, and been involved in regional aid work funded by USAID in Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests (LEAF). Hoy-Yen was Vice-Chair of the Asian School on Renewable Energy organising committees and was involved in Regional Curriculum Development workshops in Malaysia and Thailand as part of the Basic Climate Change Working Group: Bioenergy and the Forest, Sea Level Rise.

Hoy-Yen developed energy indicators for the implementation of the Danish International Development Agency (DANI DA) funded Renewable Energy Projects in Malaysia in 2007 which was used to evaluate the outcomes of the project. She has been invited as a reviewer by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and participated in the centralized reviews of the second biennial reports (BR2) in Bonn early June of this year.

During her PhD study, the research project was presented in SET 2010 (Early-Stage Research Scientists, Engineers and Technologists) for the 'Britain Scientific Poster Competition' at the House of Commons, London, which was shortlisted for Engineering category from hundreds of entries that represent the best engineering research from UK Universities.

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