An Upgraded Green
Building Rating Tool in Response to Evolving Industry Development
Industry Professionals Attended the Ceremony in Support of the Launch
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media
OutReach - 5 September 2019 - The Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC)
and BEAM Society Limited (BSL) are pleased to announce the official launch of
BEAM Plus New Buildings version 2.0 (NB v2.0). The
launch ceremony was held at Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) on 4 September 2019. Mr
TSE Chin-wan, BBS, JP, Under Secretary for the Environment and Mr John
KWONG Ka-sing, Principal
Government Engineer, Development
Bureau, HKSARG, officiated
the ceremony as the Guests of Honour.
Since the launch of BEAM Plus NB v1.2 in 2012,
the rating tool has continued to evolve after taking into account feedback from
the industry. The BEAM Plus NB v2.0 was
hammered out as a result of the suggestions and comments collected over the
past seven years as well as updated government guidance on the adoption of
energy-efficient features and renewable energy technologies. In order to
demonstrate the HKSAR Government's commitment to low-carbon growth, bureaux and
departments are encouraged to achieve BEAM Plus Gold for all major government
the objectives of making the NB v2.0 a holistic performance indicator and a
user-friendly assessment tool, the fundamental of BEAM Plus NB v2.0 is to
maintain the assessment criteria at a level beyond statutory requirements,
while enhancing adaptability, certainty and practicality of the assessment. The
upgraded BEAM Plus NB v2.0 is designed to provide practicable, clear and
standardised criteria to assess the performance of green buildings, including
health and wellbeing, hygiene, site impacts, use of materials, water quality,
energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, etc.
particular, the NB v2.0 now places more emphasis on "Health and Wellbeing", which highlights
human environmental quality. Apart from indoor environmental quality, such as lighting,
ventilation, acoustic, indoor air quality, thermal comfort, etc., human centric
design elements are also considered in the assessment. These include, for
example, provision of design measures that encourage healthy and active living,
adoption of biophilic design that increases occupants' connectivity to the
natural environment, etc.
Another key assessment aspect added in the BEAM
Plus NB v2.0 assessment is Integrated Design and Construction Management. The
adoption of an integrated design process ensures a building can sustain its
greenness throughout its building life cycle, allowing all stakeholders to
partake in setting the environmental goals and objectives. Moreover, credits
are given to projects that involve BEAM Professionals and BEAM Affiliates, as
well as those that apply smart technologies to facilitate communication among
the project team members.
Mr TSE Chin-wan,
BBS, JP, Under Secretary for the Environment, HKSARG, said: "The Government has developed "Construction 2.0" with the
three key pillars of "Innovation", "Professionalisation"
and "Revitalisation" to enhance the sustainability of the local
construction industry. "Modular integrated Construction (MiC)" is an
initiative in line with construction innovation. Apart from better quality
control, increased productivity, reduced on-site manpower, shortened construction
time and enhanced site safety as the known benefits of MiC, it also reduces the
overall carbon footprint of projects by cutting down building material wastage,
packaging materials and trips in transportation, all with positive impact to
green building and sustainability development.
The launch of the "BEAM plus New Buildings V2.0" marks the
beginning of a new chapter in Hong Kong's way forward in green building
movement. We need the concerted effort of construction industry stakeholders to
make a step forward in meeting the increasing demand for green buildings, and
enhancing Hong Kong's liveability in the long term."
Mr John KWONG
Ka-sing, Principal Government Engineer, Development Bureau, HKSARG, said: "To cope with the pressing challenges posed by climate change and
improve indoor and outdoor liveability, optimising sustainable design and
construction in new buildings is of vital importance. The Government is
supportive of the introduction of the BEAM Plus New Buildings Assessment Tool
v2.0. The timely upgrade of the green building rating system will drive both
public and private buildings towards lower carbon emissions, less waste and
more eco-friendly for the well-being of the public."
Mr SO Kai-ming,
Chairperson of BEAM Society Limited, said: "BSL
has been devoted to building a sustainable community since its establishment. Through
the optimisation of BEAM Plus assessment tools, we aim to build capacity in the
community through education and training to create a more liveable green built environment.
As of today, BEAM Plus is one of the most widely used voluntary green labelling
schemes of its kind around the world with over 1,200 registered BEAM Plus
projects, including over 400 landmark projects that achieved the BEAM Plus Label."
Mr CHEUNG Hau-wai,
of The Hong Kong Green Building Council, said: "While this year is the 10th
anniversary of the Council, the launch of the upgraded BEAM Plus NB v2.0 marks
another milestone in our efforts in promoting a more liveable and sustainable
city. Looking forward, the Council will continue to closely work with BEAM
Society in driving the green building development in Hong Kong with BEAM Plus,
creating the sustainable built environment."
3-year enhancement process, we have been always upholding the four main principles,
i.e. Adaptability, Beyond Statutory Requirement, Certainty and Practicality. We hope the revamped tool would be able to
cover more applicable new buildings and minimise the possibility of "Not
Applicable" credits.", according
to Sr Kenneth CHAN Jor-kin, Convenor of BEAM Plus NB v2.0 Steering
BEAM Plus New Buildings v2.0 is open for registration today.
the images HERE.
Mr TSE Chin-wan,
BBS, JP, Under Secretary for the Environment, HKSARG officiated the ceremony as a Guest of
Honour and commended BEAM Plus NB v2.0 for further promoting green buildings
Mr John KWONG
Ka-sing, Principal Government Engineer, Development Bureau, HKSARG officiated the BEAM Plus New
Buildings v2.0 ceremony
Mr SO Kai-ming,
Chairperson of BEAM Society Limited delivered a welcome speech at the ceremony
Hau-wai, SBS, Chairman of The Hong Kong Green Building Council delivered a
welcome speech at the ceremony
Sr Kenneth CHAN
Jor-kin, Convenor of BEAM Plus NB v2.0 Steering Committee introduced BEAM Plus
(From left to
right) Ir HO Chi-shing, General Manager, BEAM Society Limited
Jor-kin, Convenor of Steering Committee of
BEAM Plus New
Buildings v2.0, BEAM Society Limited
Mr SO Kai-ming,
Chairperson, BEAM Society Limited
Chin-wan, BBS, JP Under Secretary for the Environment
Mr John KWONG
Ka-sing, Principal Government Engineer,
Hau-wai, SBS, Chairman, Hong Kong Green Building Council
Ir Cary CHAN
Wing-hong, JP, Executive Director, Hong Kong Green
About The Hong Kong Green Building Council
Hong Kong Green Building Council Limited (HKGBC) is a non-profit, member led
organisation established in 2009 and has become a public body under the
Prevention of Bribery Ordinance since 2016. The HKGBC's vision is to help save
the planet and improve the wellbeing of the people of Hong Kong by transforming
the city into a greener built environment. The Founding Members of the HKGBC
include the Construction Industry Council (CIC), the Business Environment
Council (BEC), the BEAM Society Limited (BSL) and the Professional Green
Building Council (PGBC). Its mission is to lead market transformation by
advocating green policies to the Government; introducing green building
practices to all stakeholders; setting design, construction and management
standards for the building profession; and promoting green living to the people
of Hong Kong.
learn more about the HKGBC, please visit www.hkgbc.org.hk.
BEAM Society Limited
Society Limited (BSL), owner of Building Environmental Assessment Method (BEAM
& BEAM Plus), is a non-profit organisation committed to developing and
implementing BEAM Plus assessment tools, assessing green buildings and training
BEAM practitioners. The BSL has become a public body under the
Prevention of Bribery Ordinance since 2016.
Society Limited continuously strives to improve the overall quality of the
built environment in Hong Kong. BEAM Plus assessment tools, including BEAM Plus
New Buildings, BEAM Plus Existing Buildings, BEAM Plus Interiors and BEAM Plus
Neighbourhood, are currently applicable to the stages of master planning,
building design, construction on site and fit-out and operation.
learn more about the BSL, please visit www.beamsociety.org.hk.