The results from the Decarbonising Hong Kong public consultation were published by the Council for Sustainable Development in November 2020, one of the recommendations was energy saving building design.
One of our completed projects was featured in a HKGBC video, the HKUST Indoor Sports Center, Sai Kung, started years ago, but already incorporated energy saving building design.
It was a team effort, the whole team, the client, the engineers, the architect, and the contractor clicked, and delivered a project that scored 80% independently assessed used BEAM PLUS NB rating tool, earn final gold rating. It was challenging because BEAM PLUS NB is designed for a new build, not an extension over an existing building. The result I hope demonstrates and inspires future possibilities.
ABOVE: HKUST Indoor Sports Center
HKUST Indoor Sports Center achieved BEAM PLUS New Buildings Final Gold Certificate with an overall score of 80 points!
John Herbert was the project BEAM Professional, providing BEAM consulting, sustainable building design consultant, lighting consulting, and environmental consultant for the HKUST Indoor Sports Center, Sai Kung, Hong Kong.
So, the structural drawings and calculations are complete, the architects drawings are complete, the scheme has been through BD approval process, the MEP engineering drawings are complete, the QS measured quantities and prepared the bill, the contract documents are done, and scheme has been signed off by client.
So now is the perfect time to assess the embodied energy? No, assessing the embodied energy based on completed contract documents is a purely an academic exercise, it’s too late, far too late to influence key decisions that could impact the embodied energy.
Think about it, tools that promoting assessment based on the finished design drawings steals any opportunity to influence choice of materials and therefore options for lowering embodied energy.
While it seems everyone is scrambling to retrofit their HVACR systems with air filters rated at ASHRAE MERV13 to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 virus. However, the smart building owners that followed the BEAM PLUS v1.2 NB IEQ5 credit requirement already have MERV15 air filters installed!
That BEAM PLUS standard was set years ago in 2010, and it is still better than MERV13 benchmark specified by WELL 2016 version.
HEC and CLP can provide a subsidy to building owners/managers to upgrade the communal services in buildings, including air conditioning, lifts, lighting, water pumps, etc. in commercial and residential buildings.
It’s a fantastic opportunity for capital (CAPex) funding for energy efficiency improvement work! Both schemes are arranged to provide the rebate AFTER the work is completed and approved by the respective utility.
Greening of existing buildings can be a challenge, but the HEC Eco building fund and CLP Smart Power fund can help finance energy efficiency improvement to lower your CAPex and your future energy bills.
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Neighbourhood v1 is the new member of the BEAM suite of rating tools, this tool unlike it predecessors, which examines the final project, Neighbourhood is specifically designed to assess and rate the master planning stage. If the master plan changes another assessment is required.
If you are familiar with BEAM family and NB, you will recognise framework and credits structure, indeed twenty of the credits listed in the following table are similar to (almost copied from) BEAM NB v1.2 credits
About the Author
John A. Herbert is a veteran professional with more than 30 years solid construction experience, educated in the United Kingdom he has been working across Asia for the last two decades, serving international, and local companies. And involved with the development of Hong Kong Green Building for a decade. He is a Hong Kong Registered Energy Assessor (REA), and a BEAM Professional.
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.
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.
And of course the group shot to end the festivities: