Seven dead, 86 infected as New York officials identify and disinfect cooling towers filled with Legionnaires bacteria

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The Washington Post USA (http://tinyurl.com/ofmzeme) reports that so far the New York city Legionella outbreak has claimed the lives of seven (7) people, and eighty six (86) people are sick after contracting Legionairres’ Disease, probably from an infected cooling towers.

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Update 20 August 2015

Since the original reports regarding the New York City Legionella outbreak report above, the death toll has risen to twelve (12) people, with more than 100+ diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease.

During the course of the outbreak it transpired that New York City USA, lagged behind Hong Kong, with administrators having no legislative powers for monitoring and enforcing cooling tower operations, that changed on 19 August 2015 when the NY Mayor pushed through legislation [link] requiring improved cooling tower operation and maintenance.

During the course of this legionella outbreak apparently five (5) cooling towers were discovered with Legionella contamination, although the precise source of this outbreak has not been established.


 

BEC Chairman Mr John Chai presents carbon certificate to John A. Herbert at enviroseries conference on 18 May 2015

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BEC Chairman Mr John Chai presents carbon certificate to John A. Herbert at enviroseries conference on 18 May 2015.

Hong Kong failing behind Emirate green building standards

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The construction rules in Dubai UAE have changed commencing 1 April 2015, now they mandate Green cement for ALL construction projects, failing to comply means facing tough punishment, the emirate news website (1) reports:

“Besides depriving them from construction permission, violating companies will be fined,” said Ahmed Al Badwawi, studies director at the municipality.

 

Clearly the goal is to reduce Carbon emissions for all new building work in the Emirate, but it leaves Hong Kong behind in terms of mandatory green requirements.

(1) http://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/dubai-buildings-to-have-friendly-green-cement-2015-03-30-1.585794

MIECF 2015 Macau

Kelcroft attended MIECF 2015 in Macau, the leading green building event in the region. Kelcroft’s John Herbert said “MIECF is the perfect opportunity for leaders of the green building sector to meet and attend this international conference”.

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You Are Paying Too Much…

The shoes you wear, office management fees, your photocopier, the equipment you order, you are probably paying too much, and it’s not because of you are a lazy shopper, it is because the overwhelming majority of businesses are energy inefficient. That shopping centre you visit for the weekly shop, the factory making your computer equipment they all waste far too much energy, you know they don’t run at loss, they simply pass that extra cost burden onto you.

Here in Hong Kong, buildings contribute more than 63% of the city’s carbon footprint, yet we have air conditioning systems, ventilation system, and escalators operating when there is nobody around. We also have oversized electrical motors running at full speed, when half speed is suffice. We have lighting used 24 hr, when daylight is available, and many more lost chances that can be listed here.

As a Registered Energy Assessor (REA) I know there are countless opportunities to lower operating costs, but you chose the companies you do business with, have they conducted an energy audit?

Should you care because you are paying too much.

BEAM Plus Interiors – Tips – MA 2

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BEAM Plus Interiors MA 2 – INTERIOR COMPONENTS REUSE

The intent of this credit shall be to encourage and reward owners who reuse the existing internal walls, doors, and glazing. However, read on, walls forming the project boundary (host building wall, building envelope, and party walls) are excluded from assessment.

 

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The project boundary walls (BLACK) for the project envelope.

SB14 Barcelona

by John A. Herbert
Kelcroft at SB14, green building consultant

The global green building event SB14 will be held in Barcelona, Spain in October this year, and a large delegation from Hong Kong including HKGBC, BEAM Society, and Kelcroft’s director, and green building guru John A. Herbert will attend. To learn more about the event visit the conference website directly: www.wsb14barcelona.org