Similar to other metropolises worldwide, greening the 42,000+ existing buildings so as to transform Hong Kong into a sustainable city is a huge challenge. HKGBC and the Jockey Club led the Green and Smart Community Buildings Project (the Project) from July 2018 to December 2019 with aims to enhance the knowledge and capacity of NGOs in Hong Kong on green building, as well as to promote BEAM Plus Rating Tools, especially Existing Buildings (EB), among NGO communities and the public.
The Project collaborates with four NGO partners, namely The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong, Chinese YMCA, Hong Kong Red Cross, and Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui by conducting in-depth gap analysis to facilitate their future EB transformation through smart and green technologies application. Moreover, various workshops and engagements activities had been jointly held with these parties to influence their staff and building users’ lifestyle and attitude through green building exploration and LOHAS appreciation. To enable building users to gain deeper understanding of green building elements and their importance, roving exhibitions and displays were arranged among their service centres. A series of promotional videos, green community seminars plus project-end best practice sharing shall further channel the message to the public and the wider NGO communities.
Green Community Seminars
A series of seminars was held targeting personnel from the NGO communities, particularly to those who were keen on transforming their existing buildings but lack the know-how on implementation. These seminars began with a general introduction of BEAM Plus followed by topics of interest such as green building management, building retrofit, retro-commissioning/on-going commissioning and application of smart green technologies. Case sharing will also be included.
Green Community Engagement Activities
With aims to enhance NGOs’ knowledge on green building and motivation to implement green practices, the Project cooperated with various local environmental groups and art groups to jointly organise a series of fun and interactive workshops for staff and service users of our four NGO partners.
Green Community Pledge
Pledge for a sustainable built environment now - uphold your commitment to live a green and healthy lifestyle as well as to promote the green building messages to your family and friends!
The Project released ten promotional videos with emphasis on the importance and role of green buildings and the BEAM Plus Rating Tools. NGO Partners were also featured with case sharing.
Tips for NGOs to transform their existing buildings Guidebook
To share the identified best practices with fellow NGO partners, The Project has also produced a guidebook of the tips for the NGOs to transform their existing buildings.
The Guidebook is available for download: