BEAM Plus Interiors – BI Consulting

BEAM Interiors Consultant Hong Kong

BEAM Plus Interiors is the green office rating tool designed specifically for Hong Kong! It can be used as a design guide too, because it is FREE! Download your copy here.

BEAM interiors consultant hong kongFitting out and renovation works account for approx. 1000 tpd (tonnes of waste per day) that is about 1/3 of the total, and BI encourages interior designers and contractors to be creative and minimize the tonnage sent to landfill.

BI is essentially a list of construction best practice possibilities for you to incorporate into your green office project. It covers lighting design, energy, waste handling, water efficiency, etc. a vast range of features that impact the environment and our daily living.

The BEAM BI manual is sub-divided into different sections, or seven categories with credits under a common theme they are:

  1. Green Building Attributes (GBA)
  2. Management (MAN)
  3. Materials Aspects (MA)
  4. Energy Use (EU)
  5. Water Use (WU)
  6. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
  7. Innovations (IV)

Built On Consensus

A lot has changed since the first draft, thanks to the community contributions. BI was examined and reviewed by more than 100 Hong Kong building professionals through two workshops, and then followed with an open, a three month long consultation period (April 2013-July 2013). Indeed the process is really a continuous refinement built-in, the BI manual has an appendix page designed to submit your comments.

BEAM Interiors Categories

1. Green Building Attributes (GBA)

GBA offers rewards for choosing to locate your office inside a green building and adopting a longer term lease, the latter reducing churn and construction waste.

2. Management (MAN)

The Management category covers a wide range of issues a typical office project needs to address, including being a good neighbour during construction period, safely and new aspirations such as CSR.

3. Materials Aspects (MA)

As the name suggests MA targets the selection, and delivery of construction materials that will be used in the construction of your green office, it rewards the use of recycled material and local material, the latter avoiding the emissions associated with transport and handling.

4. Energy Use (EU)

Energy use is focused on the air conditioning and particularly the lighting under the tenants control. EU also covers other issues such as air tightness, commissioning which is critical to energy efficient operation, and labelled office appliances.

5. Water Use (WU)

BI encourages and rewards improved water efficiency, and water conservation. WU4 encourages abandoning the use of plastic bottles (and their waste) for drinking water.

6. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

We spend many hours per week in our offices, so to remain productive our surroundings are important, BI rewards enhanced indoor air and environmental conditions.

7. Innovations (IV)

No rating tool can describe every possibility therefore an Innovation category provides the opportunity for the design team to create new solutions, and be rewarded.


To substantiate your claims, custom templates, clearer than ever before, are provided in the BI manual Appendix. They identify the type of documents needed to claim points, each one is different. For Materials purchase orders, delivery notes, record photographs are need, for other credits different types of documents are listed. It is so easy to use, here is a sample:

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No more guessing, it clearly lists the exact submission required! Yes it is that easy.

Office Report Card

The BI framework is simpler than ever before, there are 100 points available, there is no complex weighting system. If you score 75 points or above, you could achieve the highest Platinum rating! The outcome gives you a report card on the performance of your office that you can compare with your peers, or advertise your environmental credentials to customers.

Score 65 points earns you a Gold, score 55 points earns Silver, and 40 points will earn you Bronze rating, it cant get much simpler than that!

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A key difference, compared to the other BEAM rating tools, is the minimum threshold points for MA category, reflecting the environmental impact of the quantity of waste fitting-out projects generate everyday.

Appeals and CIR’s

The process for an Appeal and CIR is the same as before, no change

Notes for Building Developers and Building Owners 

Although BI is designed for the tenant area, the host building and its operation has an important role to play in this sector too. BI recognises that the tenant area does not exist in isolation, and the core services provided, whether it is common area wash-rooms or waste collection are critical factors in the sustainability puzzle.

BI provides alternative choices (paths) to achieve points where the wash-rooms have superior water efficiency (refer to WU 2 ANNUAL WATER USE) where points are awarded for the wash room facilities in the host building.

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Also to encourage recycling and avoid duplication of effort MAp1 and MA1 recycling containers can be located in the common areas, recognising that some host buildings already have collection facilities and contracts so there is no need to duplicate an existing facility to gain points.

Building Water Quality is critical to wean office workers from using plastic bottles, and its associated waste. The building owner and operator needs to ensure the water provided is always high quality.



It is important to emphasise and recognise that BI is a local rating tool designed in Hong Kong for Hong Kong. It tackles the local challenges that other generic tools miss, so its important to tell your customers and colleagues abroad you are using the local tool, which is designed specifically for the Hong Kong office accommodation situation.

What Next?

BI is part of the BEAM suite of rating tools but it has some special differences, contact us to find out more.






green building checklist hong kong

Hong Kong Green Building Checklist

by John A. Herbert


  • Developments can either inhibit or contribute to the establishment of strong communities and neighbourhoods, create cohesive communities
  • Provide multi use residential, commercial, mixed use developments reducing travel emissions, providing local employment, and healthier district eco-communities
  • Educate the occupants, stakeholders, explain the eco-features and how to use facilities, for example must separate and recycle
  • Create spaces for local scale social business opportunities in the community for the community, and or art/exhibition spaces

Water Systems

  • Construction entry and vehicle wash with recycled water
  • Specify water efficient fixtures and equipment
  • Water efficient landscaping minimizing the use of potable water for irrigation, use high efficiency irrigation technologies, including drip irrigation
  • Drainage system infrastructure for separate black water, greywater, and rainwater including storage tanks
  • Use alternate water sources, greywater, or rainwater harvesting for flushing water, irrigation, cooling tower make-up water, fountain make-up water
  • Collect air conditioning condensate for reuse
  • Salt water reduction – use toilet cisterns with lower water volume, sensors for urinals, reducing the burden on municipal waste water systems
  • Control storm water run off control during construction
  • Provide twin water tanks to facilitate periodic maintenance inspection and cleaning without service interruption
  • Use cooling tower blowdown water for reuse, for flushing water or non potable purposes
  • Manage risk, control Legionella


  • Plan for demolition and reuse of all materials before breaking ground
  • Specify products that have recycled material
  • Use local materials minimizing emissions related to import and long distance transportation
  • Choose Rapidly Renewable Materials such as bamboo, and cork
  • Specify low/no VOC materials for example adhesives, sealants, coatings, composite products and carpet systems
  • Avoid use of pesticides and other chemicals that may leach into the groundwater
  • Manufacturing is very energy-intensive, durable products and materials with lower replacement frequency have lower impacts and reduce transportation impacts.
  • Select building materials that will require little maintenance (painting, retreatment, waterproofing, etc.), or whose maintenance causes minimal environmental impact.

Global Warming Potential

  • Choose materials, including building insulation, engineering system insulation and refrigerants with the lowest environmental impact or choose cooling systems without traditional HCFC refrigerants;
  • Eliminate the use of CFC’s


  • Procurement and environmental management policy based on environment impact above financial considerations
  • Procurement to also minimising excessive packaging and packaging waste
  • Demand products and services with producer responsibility


  • Commissioning ensures that the building and its systems are calibrated to operate as intended with independent third party quality control assurance.
  • Design for future recommissioning requires best practice thinking and exemplary records and documentation


  • Train building operators, employees, and buildings users in building facilities use
  • Encourage recycling waste, to match the facilities provided

HVACR Engineering Systems

  • Flexible for the range of conditions (weather)
  • Controllability provide local, individual control of the thermal, ventilation and lighting spaces
  • Condition only the occupied zone, locate control elements and sensors locally in the occupied zone
  • Create landscaped micro-climate areas particularly around entrances/air intakes
  • Reduce energy consumption while maintaining minimum required ventilation for occupant comfort, for example using VSDs on fans, motors, and other mechanical equipment
  • Use enthalpy wheel, heat pipe, run-around loop or other energy recovery devices to recover energy from the air exhaust for pre-cooling or pre-heating the primary air
  • Choose Economiser for off peak cooling

Domestic Hot Water Installation

  • Install high-efficiency domestic hot water installation for the application
  • Eliminate dead-legs to prevent water waste

Lighting Installation

  • Install high-efficiency lighting fittings and usable local control system, lower energy consumption also lowers cooling demand


  • Choose high efficiency energy and or water labelled appliances for economic and environmental advantages over conventional equipment


  • Plan for future and flexibility
  • Deliver flexible waste management infrastructure for waste streams today and tomorrow, creating collection and recycling spaces to suit community scale projects
  • Zero landfill, use of “waste” for creating biofuel, compost, or as raw material (glass) for eco-blocks, furniture, etc. that are demanded, used locally, and can be reused/recycled
  • Provide open house facilities, transparent operation, involve education, local schools and institutes


  • Provide human scale connection between the indoor spaces and outdoor environment through the introduction of sunlight and views in a glare-free way.
  • Design courtyard, atrium, clerestory windows, skylights, and light shelves.
  • Provide landscaped area, common area, sky gardens, and or terrace spaces with human scale connection to the environment, spaces to suit the climate and usage during summer/winter.
  • Encourage e-management, interface for local climate control, to reduce paper systems

Heat Island

  • Eliminate or shade paving area, and dark roof surfaces, and or
  • Provide vegetation green roof area which assists storm water management, and or
  • Cool roof with reflective surfaces which assists cooling demand

Light Pollution

  • Eliminate light trespass from the building, development and site, lowering disturbance to the community, neighbourhood and improving night sky access


  • Restore damaged ecosystems
  • Avoid wetlands, pristine areas
  • Preserve/create wildlife habitat
  • Increase biodiversity

Site Selection

  • Proximity to public transportation hub/interchange MTR reduces time and emissions for building users travel, encourage walk-ability and local bicycle paths;
  • Availability of local facilities and stores minimises costs for travel and emissions
  • Brownfield sites, avoid using any virgin land, park lands, wetlands
  • Preserve prevailing wind and view corridors


  • Building envelope form to encourage seasonal prevailing wind passage
  • Avoid shapes and forms that create high velocity flow areas or and stagnate zones for all pedestrian level areas (used or unused)
  • re-purposing an existing structure is the most sustainable option, create flexibility for future usage


  • Design flexible human scale spaces for the community to encourage exchange interaction, not the convenience of managers
  • Provide accessible water features for local, micro-climate
  • create alfresco dining opportunities creating local business and employment
  • Space for art, culture, sculptures, and street furniture from recycled materials
  • Green landscape areas are required, however it should have smart irrigation system



BEAM Plus Interiors (BI) Summary ppt

An introduction to BEAM Plus Interiors (BI) by John A. Herbert

EXCEL Spreadsheet BI

Here a free excel credit summary for BEAM Plus Interiors BEAM PLUS Interiors Credit Summary excel format

Building for BEAM Gold, Kowloon Bay


The HKSAR government tender for a 4,927 sqm commercial site in Wang Chiu Street, Kowloon Bay will close tomorrow, the media is speculating on the estimated tenders. However, interestingly amongst the myriad of the usual conditions of sale that accompany government lands sales is the requirement to attain Provisional Gold or above Rating for all building(s) on the site.  However, they set the bar very low, a “provisional” rating is hardly difficult task, it is a shopping list of commitments, and there is no guarantee that those promised green features will be implemented.

The new development will have 120 metre height limitation, but will dwarf its elderly neighbours which were capped to suit the flight path of the former Kai Tak Airport.


BEAM Plus Interiors Seminar

To apply for certification using the new BEAM Plus Interiors rating tool (BI) for green offices, retail and hotel rooms, BEAM Professionals MUST attend the BI seminar to learn about the differences between the BEAM NB and BI rating tools. The next course will be held next week, on 27 Sept. 2013, to register visit the BEAM website.

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Sustainable Building SB13 Hong Kong

SB13, the regional sustainable building conference started today in Hong Kong. It was held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Tseng Kwan O, Hong Kong, and was co-organised by CIC and HKGBC.

Considering it seems that everyone in Hong Kong now has an opinion about BEAM, there was a distinct lack of #BEAM in the proceedings.

The Secretary for the Environment Mr KS Wong was in attendance, and spoke about the main #greenbuilding issues and challenges ahead. There was a keynote speech by CIC chairman, that was informative, it implied that CIC has been supporting #greenbuilding in Hong Kong for several years.

Here are some pictures from the first day.SB 13 Hong Kong, Kelcroft, green building, sustainable building

SB 13 Hong Kong, Kelcroft, green building, sustainable building

SB 13 Hong Kong, Kelcroft, green building, sustainable building

SB 13 Hong Kong, Kelcroft, green building, sustainable building

SB 13 Hong Kong, Kelcroft, green building, sustainable building

BEAM Interiors Launch Day Seminar

BEAM Interiors seminar John Herbert

We are delighted to announce that our director John A. Herbert, also chairman of the BEAM BI steering committee, will be introducing the latest addition to the suite of BEAM green building rating tools – BEAM Plus Interiors. The seminar will be held at Asia Society Hong Kong Center on 14 August 2013, and best of all, it is FREE!

(BEAM Announcement)


Sustainable Building Conference SB13 Hong Kong

Kelcroft Sponser for SB 13 Hong KongKelcroft is proud to announce that we are supporting the local SB13 sustainable building conference, in Hong Kong, which will be held 12-13 Sept. 2013. Visit the conference web site for more information and registration (

Kelcroft featured in World Green Building Week 2012

Kelcroft is a local Hong Kong based firm dedicated to a greener environment, and the sustainable building consultant for this innovative project featured as part of the World Green Building Week 2012.

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