What is Hong Kong BEAM PLUS?
The BEAM (Building Environmental Assessment Method) is the Hong Kong rating tool for green buildings. The latest version BEAM PLUS was launched to the public on 1 April 2010, it comprises more than 100 best practice criteria to encourage green and sustainable building in Hong Kong.
More than 10 million sq.ft has already been certified under BEAM rating tools including office, commercial buildings, and residential accommodation. And more than 160 projects have been registered for assessment under BEAM PLUS version 1.1.
It’s a rating tool, not a standard, that provides guidance and options for building owners and developers to plan, build and create a green building with a lower environment impacts such using fewer resources such as energy, water and material than a comparable code building. Comparable is the keyword, no commercial building can completely eliminate the need for energy, water or material, but a green building should be planned, design and constructed as exemplary example, with a lower carbon and water footprint than its peers.
Overtime, as building codes become tighter, the criteria set to achieve credit is also set a higher standard than a code building (frequently called a zero credit case or baseline case).
A green building needs to exceed the baseline case by a significant margin to be considered “Green”. Hong Kong BEAM PLUS uses approx. 289 reference standards and codes of practice.
BEAM PLUS, like its predecessors’ operates on a points system, where the criteria is achieved, points are awarded. The higher the number of points scored equates to a higher award.
Each BEAM PLUS project is submitted to BEAM and assessed by independent BEAM Assessors, finally resulting in Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum award.
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BEAM PLUS Categories
BEAM PLUS rating tool is sub divided into six catagories:
- Site Aspects
- Materials Aspects
- Energy Use
- Water Use
- Indoor Environmental Quality
Site Aspects (SA)
This section is primarily concerned with the location of the site, the building position relative to local amenities, and the landscaping.
Materials Aspects (MA)
This section of BEAM considers the materials used in construction, including management of the construction process concerning the environmental impacts:
- encourage reduced waste and recycling of materials;
- transportation impacts for importing material;
Energy Use (EU)
Water Use (WU)
This section is devoted to lowering water use and effluent discharge from Hong Kong buildings. Recycled greywater and or rainwater harvesting systems that replace significant quantities of potable water are rewarded.
Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
We live, work and play in buildings therefore the quality of the environment is important. This section of BEAM PLUS is related to the features needed to keep and maintain the quality of the indoor environment. Factors such as noise, lighting quality, and air quality impacts to the occupants are the main features.
Since a rating tool is written document by definition static, Innovation provides the section for the design team to excel, offering credits for new and innovative sustainable building solutions that are not used in Hong Kong Buildings. Once a new technique is widely adopted in the industry, it no longer qualifies for the innovation credit, becoming the criteria for a new credit.
Green Building Certification
A building with a BEAM PLUS green building label is recognition of a building with a lowering environmental impact than its peers, a brand that allows building owners to market real green credentials to potential tenants.
To learn more about obtaining BEAM PLUS certification for your building or office Call Kelcroft’s green building professionals today +(852) 2335 9830