BEAM PLUS Neighbourhood v1 by John A. Herbert

BEAM PLUS NEIGHBOURHOOD

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.

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Green but not the colour for cooling towers by John A. Herbert

The world is catching on, the Green Building concept, where Green equates with Good, but not for cooling towers. Cooling towers need to be audited every year in Hong Kong, here is an example of a very poor Hong Kong cooling tower, with algae covering the entire floor of the cooling tower cell1 and cell2 … Legionella risk: severe

Kelcroft conducts the annual EMSD cooling tower audits in accordance with EMSD code for annual audit requirements, call the experts today.

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 more than a decade. He is a Hong Kong Registered Energy Assessor (REA), and a BEAM Professional.

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

Legionella risk assessment

The Washington Post USA (http://tinyurl.com/ofmzeme) 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.

cooling-tower-legionella-101

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.


 

Legionella cases under reported

by John A Herbert

legionella under reported hong kong

In Hong Kong a case of Legionnaires’ disease (LD) affected a man aged 62. The government reported (1) that the patient, with underlying illnesses, presented with fever, headache, cough with sputum and shortness of breath 7 July 2014 and was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on 8 July  for management. His clinical diagnosis was pneumonia and he was discharged on 15 July in stable condition.

24 July 2014

Nine (9) days after the patient was discharged, the positive for Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 antibody was reported (according the government on 24 July 2014) and ONLY then can the Legionnaires’ disease (LD) investigation commence. This case adds to the evidence that Legionnaires’ disease is often mis-diagnosed as pneumonia.

Risk Management

Legionella is a potentially fatal disease and building owners need to be vigilant.

Source:

  1. http://www.news.gov.hk/en/categories/health/html/2014/07/20140724_182119.shtml
  2. http://www.chp.gov.hk/en/view_content/35733.html

Kelcroft’s John A. Herbert WSD lecture on Legionella

green building consultant John Herbert Hong Kong Legionella prevention

Kelcroft’s director John A. Herbert conducted a Legionella briefing for Hong Kong’s Water Services Dept. (WSD) on 7th March 2012 with assistant directors attending. The Q&A, always the most interesting part in my view, covered all aspects of water storage and distribution.

Relevant Links:
4 Jan 2012 –  Kelcroft’s director John A. Herbert interviewed for South China Morning Post news regarding Legionella

Kelcroft’s John A. Herbert lectures on Legionella

Our director John A. Herbert conducted a two hour seminar last week titled “Prevention of Legionella in Buildings” raising awareness about the connection of Legionnaires Disease and building stock in Hong Kong. Herbert said “Legionella is prevalent and business should be prepared, if an Legionella outbreak occurred tomorrow many organisations are not prepared”.

Legionella prevention seminar Hong Kong, John A. Herbert, Kelcroft E&M limited

This seminar covered the ecology of Legionella from cradle to infection, citing past cases with cooling towers and other plumbing apparatus. John’s presentation was vividly illustrated with his photographs demonstrating poor design, and unsatisfactory installations he has amassed over the years.

Kelcroft’s John Herbert Interviewed about Legionella Tamar

Kelcroft director John A. Herbert interviewed about Legionella in Tamar

Our director Mr John A. Herbert was interviewed by the South China Morning Post (unlinkable) on 4th January 2012 regarding Legionella. Click the image to enlarge.

As the Legionella scare widens with more positive results were reported on 3 Jan. 2010,and  it is clear the entire building is now infected.

With positive Legionella results on the first floor, cafe, dining room, both east and west wing now reported, the scope of the investigation has mushroomed beyond the initial small area served from the tank that feeds 15/F – 11/F and Michael Suen’s office.

Today’s (4 Jan 2010) SCMP report on the front page about Legionella in Tamar Hong Kong is still low on detail.

Updated
Relevant Links:
02-01-2012 CHP report: Further update on CHP’s investigation into Legionnaires’ Disease case
04-01-2012 CHP report: One more water sample preliminarily tested positive for Legionella pneumophila
05-01-2012 CHP report: Two more pre-disinfection water samples preliminarily tested positive for Legionella pneumophila

14 November 2013 Update:
tamar not disinfected in 2012
I wonder if there is any value to update this old post, but its revealing. There is report published today (14 Nov. 2013) that the Hong Kong’s Auditor discovered countless outstanding defects remain unresolved at Tamar, and now the interesting part, it says that the plumbing installation was NOT disinfected before the government HQ opened in 2012.