Khairul Anuar Bin Bakhtiar, a tutor from Quantity Surveying Department, Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and a PhD student at Building and Real Estate Department (BRE), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, has received the Best Paper Award of Sustainable Urbanization and Construction Management at the First International Postgraduate Conference on Infrastructure and Environment held at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Hong Kong on 5 and 6 June 2009.

The title of the paper was ‘Challenges to Sustainable Construction in Developing Countries’. His co-author is Prof LY Shen and also his Chief PhD supervisor. He received certificate and cash prize worth HK$2,000 from the Dean of the Faculty, Prof J.G. Teng. The conference attracted 82 papers and around 200 participants from 40 University around the world including China, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, USA, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand.

The conference contains papers addressing a diverse range of topics within the two broad fields of infrastructure and environment. The specific topics addressed by the papers include building energy, structural engineering, construction management, sustainable urbanization, geo-information technology, and urban environment. PolyU has been organizing a local version of this of this conference in Hong Kong since 2006 to provide a forum for postgraduate students working in the area of construction and land use to exchange their research findings and to developed collaboration and friendship.