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:
A significant change to the BEAM Assessment system was published by HKGBC on 25 April 2014.
In section two clause 188.8.131.52. which first states the assessment procedure is a two step Provisional Assessment (PA) and Final Assessment, a new clause has been inserted:
If an Applicant wishes to omit the Provisional Assessment, it is permitted provided there is reasonable justification.
How this will operate is beyond my pay grade. As usual, no information is provided, so we are all left in the dark for now.
A Developer may have or divine a number of reasons, but the key question is who has any authority to refute or question the justification furnished by the Developer who has all the information? It raises more questions than it answers.
Assessment Cost Savings
By now you are probably thinking that bypassing the PA stage will be beneficial because it will save costs, resulting from a lower Assessment fee, but you would be wrong about that, as the next sentence elucidates:
In such case, there shall be no reduction in registration and assessment fees due to such omission.
Yet again how this will work in practice, its difficult to predict. Where a Developer skips the PA stage, there are no rules, forms or advice, BSL may only find out the when the FA arrives for Assessment.
Considering the time and expense to engage advisers to help prepare the necessary documentation for PA stage submission it is likely that Developer’s will opt to skip PA stage entirely.
This new procedure will have no impact on BEAM Interiors (BI) project because BI is a single-stage Assessment process. However, BI was designed from day one to be a single stage process, whereas BEAM EB and NB where not.
BEAM Interiors is the local Hong Kong rating tool and certification for your office. Need to demonstrate your green office credentials to your customers? Want to lower your environmental footprint? Then BEAM Plus Interiors is the green office rating tool designed specifically for Hong Kong! And we have the expertise to deliver green office projects.
Our director Mr John A. Herbert helped develop the BEAM Interiors tool and is the instructor for BEAM Interiors training. Renovation and fitout projects can be greener.
Fitting out and renovation works account for approx. 1000 tpd (tonnes per day) that is about 1/3 of the total waste, and BEAM Interiors rating tool encourages interior designers and contractors to be creative and minimize the tonnage sent to landfill.
Essentially, BEAM Interiors or simply BI, is 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:
- Green Building Attributes (GBA)
- Management (MAN)
- Materials Aspects (MA)
- Energy Use (EU)
- Water Use (WU)
- Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
- 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 a 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:
No more guessing, it clearly lists the exact submission required!
Office Report Card
The BI framework is simpler than ever before, there are 100 points available, and there is no complex weighting system. If you score 75 points or above, you could achieve the highest Platinum rating! 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!
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.
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
BEAM Interiors Consultant
Kelcroft provides expert advisory services for green offices seeking BEAM Interiors award, including helping though the planning, design, sourcing, construction, and documentation to apply for BI certification. Call Kelcroft’s experts today!
BI Notes for Building Developers and Building Owners
Although BEAM Interiors is designed for the Tenant area, the host building and its operation has an important role to play too. BI recognises that the Tenant’s area does not exist in isolation, and the core services provided, whether it is common area wash-room 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 common area. Where two different projects on the same floor use the same common area washroom, a frequent practice in Hong Kong, each project is awarded points if the washroom meets the BI criteria.
Also to encourage recycling, and avoid unnecessary duplication of effort, under BI 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 recycling facility to gain points under BI. As building facilities develop, in the future other provisions by the host building might be considered.
HOST BUILDING WATER QUALITY – It’s critical to wean office workers of plastic bottles (petroleum based) and the associated impacts including the final stage where it is classified as waste. The building operator needs to ensure the water provided is always high quality, and potable.
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.
BI is part of the BEAM suite of rating tools but it has some special differences, contact the experts today!
An introduction to BEAM Plus Interiors (BI) by John A. Herbert
EXCEL Spreadsheet BI
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.
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 Interiors 2008
Hong Kong BEAM Interiors is a green building rating tool for offices, similar to LEED CI, its designed to encourage sustainable thinking at the office scale. It comprises 75 best practice criteria, and BEAM users will be familiar with the six categories:
- Site Aspects – 15 credits
- Material Aspects – 16 credits
- Energy Use – 25 credits
- Water Use – 8 credits
- Indoor Environmental Quality – 31 credits
Like the BEAM (formerly HK-BEAM) family of tools, it’s also independently assessed to ensure that the delivered product meets client expectations.
Credits cover aspects of the office environment under the tenant or owners control within the building. If your office is located in a BEAM certified building (with a valid certificate) with BEAM Interiors five credits are awarded.
Kelcroft’s expertise help building owners reap the benefits of greener buildings, including higher occupancy, higher rents, less absenteeism, coupled with lower use of resources.
Leverage your green office credentials to your clients and customers, buyers surveys show us customers they prefer to buy from firms with environmental credentials and the first place to start is Greening your office.
UPDATE: BEAM Plus Interiors 2013 was launched August 2010.