your life in the hands of the building owner by John A. Herbert

fire safety, fire survey, Hong Kong buildings

Considering Hong Kong’s maze of skyscrapers you might be surprised to learn that the Hong Kong fire department does not routinely check your building. After opening building fire safety, and your life, rests with the building owner. Once a year the building owner must engage a Registered Fire Services Contractor to check the fire fighting equipment, that is the theory.

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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.

BEAM Neighbourhood BEAM Pro

Condition Survey, Air conditioning Issues…

by John A. Herbert

chiller motor oil leak Hong Kong

There is a saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, the photo illustrates how to ignore that, we have a 900 Kw 3 phase electric motor, an oil leak, and newspaper stuffed underneath catching dripping oil, that should send alarm bells ringing in every office across the land. Perhaps we need a fire triangle refresher course?

On the topic of condition surveys, I am often asked does the Kelcroft energy audit include condition survey? Yes, is always the answer, it is not an optional extra ASHRAE and other energy auditing standards call for it, an energy audit requires examination of the condition of the plant and equipment as part of the energy assessment to understand its efficiency, in tropical Hong Kong, that will include the central air conditioning plant, including the chillers, the automatic controls, differential bypass valves, variable speed drives, chilled water and condenser water pumps, cooling towers and the like.

In the energy audit report, it will identify any defects, or deferred maintenance issues discovered.

So back the high risk oil leak, literally one stray spark from disaster, the building owner does not know, the building management seem equally oblivious and never reported it, yet we know an ounce of prevention is far far cheaper than the cure.

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.

Hong Kong outperformed Shanghai and Beijing in green building performance by John A. Herbert

Hong Kong was the highest ranked Chinese city for green building beating out Beijing and Shanghai in study by Solidance funded by Singapore Government.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong was ranked 6th, the leading Chinese city, ahead of Beijing and Shanghai, a vindication of Hong Kong’s own independent BEAM green rating rating tool.

BEAM has operating for twenty years, since the first rating tool was issued in 1996, and today, behind the scenes, countless volunteers give up their free time to support Hong Kong community, with little credit and no reward Herbert said. John A. Herbert is a recognised green building expert, a BEAM Professional, and chairman of BEAM Technical Review Panel.

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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Hong Kong failing behind Emirate green building standards by John A. Herbert

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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.

(1) http://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/dubai-buildings-to-have-friendly-green-cement-2015-03-30-1.585794

BEAM Plus Interiors Seminar

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.

BI seminar John Herbert

 

BEAM Interiors Launch Day Seminar

BEAM Interiors seminar John Herbert

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 Announcement)

 

Sustainable Building Conference SB13 Hong Kong

Kelcroft Sponser for SB 13 Hong KongKelcroft is proud to announce that we are supporting the local SB13 sustainable building conference, in Hong Kong, which will be held 12-13 Sept. 2013. Visit the conference web site for more information and registration (http://www.sb13.org.hk).

New HKGBC Faculty

John A Herbert joins HKGBC faculty 2012

Hong Kong based principal engineer and director of Kelcroft E&M Limited  Mr John A. Herbert was appointed as a member of the Hong Kong Green Building Council’s first Green Building Faculty in June 2012. He was also appointed as chairman of the BEAM Plus Water Aspect technical expert group, and a member of the Faculty selection committee.

update:June 2013 – The Chinese name of the Hong Kong Green Building Faculty has been amended, here is the new logo and name:

hong kong green building faculty John herbert

To join the HKGBC Faculty visit the HKGBC website

 

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.