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[Press Release] Record Number of Projects achieving the Highest BEAM Plus Platinum Rating

13 Dec 2016

 
Record Number of Projects achieving the Highest BEAM Plus Platinum Rating
Recognising 31 projects
including the first BEAM Plus Platinum Project in the Mainland China

 

Hong Kong, 13 December 2016 - The Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) and BEAM Society Limited (BSL) jointly organised the BEAM Plus Platinum Project Certification Ceremony today at Charles K. Kao Auditorium of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks. It is honoured to have Ms Christine LOH Kung-wai, JP, Under Secretary for the Environment, Government of the HKSAR to be the Guest-of-Honour. Together with Mr CHAN Ka-kui, BBS, JP, Chairman of Construction Industry Council, Ir Cary CHAN, Executive Director of the HKGBC, and Prof. John NG, Chairperson of BSL cum Chairman of Green Labelling Committee of the HKGBC, a total of 31 projects were presented with the Platinum rating. The number of Platinum-rated projects reached a record high of 31 this year, indicating that green buildings are gaining support from the industry and the community as a whole.

A wide range of projects, in the categories of New Buildings (NB), Existing Buildings (EB) and Interiors (BI), attained the Platinum rating this year. These projects comprised commercial buildings, residential buildings, infrastructure, educational and institutional buildings, as well as offices. Furthermore, the first Platinum project from the Mainland China was recognised during the ceremony, marking another new milestone for BEAM Plus in the region.

"The Government strongly supports the development of green buildings and the promotion of energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions. The Government is not only an ardent advocate of green buildings, but also an active player in the area. Many government buildings are also accredited by the BEAM Plus assessment, of which, some of them are Platinum certified, demonstrating the commitment for the government to go green,” said Ms Christine LOH.

Mr CHAN Ka-kui, the Chairman of Construction Industry Council, congratulated the project teams, saying that, “All BEAM Plus Platinum-rated projects have lived up to the best practices in waste reduction, environmental protection and innovative green technology. I believe with the strong support from the CIC and the concerted efforts of the entire building and construction sector, Hong Kong will be transformed into a green and sustainable city.”

Ir Cary CHAN, the Executive Director of HKGBC stated, “This year has been a fruitful year of BEAM Plus. According to a recent research done by HKGBC, BEAM Plus certified projects have contributed to a total of 700,000 square meters of green space, the area is equivalent to 70 Hong Kong Stadiums. In terms of energy saving, these projects are expected to save more than 400 million kWh of electricity consumption annually – the equal of the energy spending of more than 90,000 households combined in a year. As for water saving, BEAM Plus projects are expected to save more than a total of 6 billion liters of water, amounting to the total consumption of around 30,000 households. The results are encouraging and we would like to take this opportunity to thank CIC for supporting the development of BEAM Plus.”

Prof. John NG, Chairperson of BSL cum Chairman of Green Labelling Committee of the HKGBC praised the increasing number of projects achieving Platinum rating under BEAM Plus Existing Buildings. With over 20 projects registered for BEAM Plus Existing Building V2.0 since its launch in March this year, Prof. Ng expected more steady growth in registrations in the coming year. He further added, “with the Government advocating the importance of energy efficiency in buildings, the industry would join hands to raise the standard of the existing buildings stocks, more projects would attain the Platinum Award in future”.

The development of BEAM Plus is wholly funded by the Construction Industry Council. Certified by the HKGBC and assessed by BSL, BEAM Plus offers a comprehensive set of performance criteria for a wide range of sustainability issues relating to the planning, design, construction, commissioning, management, operation and maintenance of a building. By providing a fair and objective assessment of a building’s overall performance throughout its life cycle, BEAM Plus enables organisations and companies of all sizes to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable development.

As of 1 December 2016, about 900 projects have registered for BEAM Plus assessment. Among them, approximately 41% are residential buildings with another 17% and 16% being commercial and Government, Institution and Community projects respectively.

2016 BEAM Plus Platinum Projects

(*For details of the following projects, please visit http://greenbuilding.hkgbc.org.hk )

Existing Buildings (EB) – 6 projects

 Final Platinum Projects

  1. Kwai Shing West Estate
  2. Towngas Headquarters
  3. Standard Chartered Bank Building
  4. Electrical and Mechanical Services Department Headquarters
  5. Sunlight Tower

 Provisional Platinum Projects

  1.  Lee Garden One Offices

 

New Buildings (NB) – 19 projects

 Final Platinum Projects

  1. Jade Grove
  2. Building 16W Hong Kong Science Park Phase 3
  3. Hang Seng Management College Block B - Sports and Amenities Centre
  4. Building 12W Hong Kong Science Park Phase 3
  5. Provision of Interception Facilities at Jordan Valley Box Culvert - Pumping Station
  6. Hang Seng Management College Block D - Lee Quo Wei Academic Building
  7. Greenview Villa
  8. AREZZO
  9. Whitesands
  10. HSMC Jockey Club Residential Colleges

 Provisional Platinum Projects

  1. Tin Shui Wai Hospital
  2. Proposed Development for URA Project H18 (Site B) at Peel Street / Graham Street, Central
  3. Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Substation
  4. Development Project at 48 Caine Road, Hong Kong
  5. Shek Chung Au Sewage Pumping Station
  6. Proposed Commercial Redevelopment at 704-730 King’s Road & 201-227 Tsat Tsz Mui Road, Hong Kong
  7. Tsang Tsui Columbarium & Garden of Remembrance
  8. Jockey Club Postgraduate Halls 2 & 3, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  9. Kwun Tong Town Centre (KTTC) Redevelopment – Main Site (Development Area 2 & 3)

     

    Interiors (BI) – 6 projects

     Platinum Projects

    1. BeeXergy Consulting Limited - A Natural and Harmonized Workshop
    2. Office of the Printing Division, Government Logistics Department
    3. Swire Properties Management Limited (Cityplaza Management Office)
    4. REC Shanghai Office Renovation Works
    5. BEAM Society Limited Office Renovation
    6. CaSO Sky

     

    Photos

    Photo 1:
    (From left to right) Prof. John NG, Chairperson of BSL cum Chairman of Green Labelling Committee of the HKGBC, Mr CHAN Ka-kui, BBS, JP, Chairman of Construction Industry Council, Ms Christine LOH Kung-wai, JP, Under Secretary for the Environment, Government of the HKSAR, Ir Cary CHAN, Executive Director of the HKGBC and officiated the BEAM Plus Platinum Project Certification Ceremony.

    Photo 2:
    Ms Christine LOH Kung-wai, JP, Under Secretary for the Environment, Government of the HKSAR (in red blouse), Mr CHAN Ka-kui, BBS, JP, Chairman of Construction Industry Council (left 7th ), Ir Cary CHAN, Executive Director of the HKGBC (right 5th ) and Prof. John NG, Chairperson of BSL cum Chairman of Green Labelling Committee of the HKGBC (left 6th ), ,together with the Board of Directors of HKGBC and BSL, and members of Labelling Promotion Task Force, congratulated the 31 project teams for their outstanding achievements.

     

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    About the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC)

    The Hong Kong Green Building Council Limited (HKGBC) is a non-profit, member led organization established in 2009 with the vision to aspire for quality and sustainability at every stage of the building life cycle and embrace these principles as a mark of excellence. The Founding Members of HKGBC include the Construction Industry Council (CIC), Business Environment Council (BEC), the BEAM Society Limited (BSL) and the Professional Green Building Council (PGBC). Its mission is to lead the market transformation to a sustainable built environment in Hong Kong by guiding the development of industry standards, best practices, education, and research in green building.

    To learn more about the HKGBC, please visit www.hkgbc.org.hk.

    About the BEAM Society Limited (BSL)

    BEAM Society Limited (BSL), owner of Building Environmental Assessment Method (BEAM), is a non-profit organization committed to developing and implementing the BEAM assessment tools (HK-BEAM & BEAM Plus), assessing green buildings and training BEAM Professionals (BEAM Pro) and BEAM Affiliates. BEAM assessment tools have certified green building developments encompassing over 18.6 million square metres of space. On a per capita basis, BEAM is one of the most widely used voluntary green building labelling schemes of its kind in the world.

    BEAM Society Limited continuously strives to improve the overall quality of the built environment in Hong Kong. BEAM Plus assessment tools, including BEAM Plus Neighbourhood, BEAM Plus New Buildings, BEAM Plus Existing Buildings and BEAM Plus Interiors, are currently applicable to the stages of masterplanning, building design, construction on site and operational life, fit-out and operation.

    To learn more about BSL, please visit www.beamsociety.org.hk.

    Press contact

    Sophie Chui
    Sensational Communications
    Tel: +852 9289-7470
    Email: info@sensationalcom.com

    Flora Lim
    Hong Kong Green Building Council Secretariat
    Tel: +852 3994-8842
    Email: flora.lim@hkgbc.org.hk

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