Building Science Mould (mold)

by John A. Herbert

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We spend many hours inside buildings every day, whether its your office, home, or place of entertainment (cinemas, shopping centres, etc.) therefore the quality of the air we breathe everyday should be a very important issue, yet our buildings often let us down, mould (or mold) being a common issue. The key to avoiding mould (mold) is minimising moisture, and one of the key measures to manage moisture is good ventilation.

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But ventilation alone does not tell the whole story because understanding the science, some might argue that is a lost art, is required to find identify source, and rectify problems.

Surface mould can be easily be seen, and washed down. But mould, hidden inside walls, and floors is far more difficult to detect, and once detected treated. Mould can cause health problems, allergies, for occupants, and moisture left unattended can even destroy the fabric of your building.

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BEEO compliance for new construction

by John A. Herbert

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How to comply with BEEO ordinance for new construction?

To build in Hong Kong you follow the traditional BD submission format, but you must also fulfil the mandatory requirements detailed in the Building Energy Efficiency Code (BEEO). How does that impact the construction process?

The building owner must engage an EMSD Registered Energy Assessor (REA) to complete and issue EMSD Form EE1, also known as Stage 1 Certificate of Compliance Registration (COCR), and an EMSD Form EE2, known as Stage 2 COCR.

When does the COCR need to be issued?

Stage 1 COCR must be submitted within two months after obtaining BD consent. For Stage 2 COCR, that must be submitted within four months after obtaining BD Occupation permit.

further details are provided on the EMSD website.

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updated EMSD energy code 2015 published

by John. A. Herbert
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EMSD has published the updated Building Energy Code 2015 and Energy Audit Code 2015 (refer to the EMSD website http://www.emsd.gov.hk). Kelcroft provides REA services to comply with code requirements.

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John. A Herbert attended World Green Building Council Congress 2015 Hong Kong

Kelcroft is patron sponsor for Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) so naturally our director Mr John A. Herbert, attended the World Green Building Council (www.worldgbc.org) Congress 2015, this year held in Hong Kong.

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The bonus, this event was attended by member of the World GBC, members from around the planet joined the conference in Hong Kong, over the two day event. John A. Herbert met members from Malaysia GBC, Philippines GBC, Qatar GBC, Germany GBC, and South Africa’s GBC amongst others.

Herbert said “the 2015 congress was truly a global event, with fantastic speakers from different countries”.

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John A. Herbert attended Eco Expo Asia 2015

Kelcroft’s director Mr John A. Herbert, attended the annual Eco Expo Asia 2015.

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BEAM award for Mr John A. Herbert – Sept 2015

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Living City

Hong Kong has a public bicycle rental service too!

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These photographs were taken in the (temporary) West Kowloon Cultural District area, there is a cycle path too. Unfortunately, you first need to register to obtain the necessary smart card to rent these bicycles.

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2015 – BEAM 5th year Anniversary Dinner 25 September 2015

BEAM Society Limited (BSL) celebrated its 5th year of incorporation with anniversary dinner on 25 Sept 2015 at the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong. This celebration belies the real age of BEAM, which commenced in 1996, progressed from a committee, into the BEAM society, becoming incorporated as BEAM Society Limited in 2010, and the #greenbuilding movement has steadily grown every year. Perhaps needless to say, but Kelcroft was a table sponsor! with a fantastic group of green building enthusiasts to help support the evening.

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Our own director Mr John A. Herbert was honoured to receive a BEAM award, in fact our table had three award winners! with both Mr Michael Arnold, Mr Kevin Edmunds collecting honours.

John A Herbert, BEAM, 2015

And of course the group shot to end the festivities:

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Is Your Data Centre Infrastructure Safe?

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Photo Credit: RickC Creative Commons

Google’s IT data centre infrastructure was damaged by lightning [http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33989384] the damaged resulted in some data loss.

Kelcroft conducts data centre audits, and we always find opportunities for improvement.

Kelcroft data centre audit discovered faulty lightning protection, Kelcroft

Data Centre Lightning Protection

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Lightning Protection installation defective

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Lightning conductor covered by aluminium cladding

Kelcroft discovered the data centre backup system had no battery

Data centre emergency backup system had no battery connected

Investigations after data loss and downtime reveals the problems, periodic independent audits is the only tried and trust method to check that your mission critical systems are protected, and to ensure your data is safe.

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