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 ( 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”.



John A. Herbert attended Eco Expo Asia 2015

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


BEAM award for Mr John A. Herbert – Sept 2015

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Living City

Hong Kong has a public bicycle rental service too!


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.



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.

John A Herbert

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 [] 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


Lightning Protection installation defective


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.


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

Legionella risk assessment

The Washington Post USA ( 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.


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


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.