Calexian Director, Christine Bruckner, Beam Professional served on the 2012-13 BEAM Plus Interiors Task Force. The Task force, led by John Herbert of Kelcroft is pleased to have seen the assessment tool through to publication. BEAM Plus Interiors has been live in Hong Kong since August 2013 and celebrated with a press opening in September with remarks from K.S. Wong, Minister of the Environment of the HKSAR Government.
HK Green Building Council launches new assessment system for indoor spaces
“Our commitment to building a green city has to strengthen with the growing environmental challenges we face,” Ir Wong, Chairman of HKGBC, explains of the launch. “In response to the Industry demand for years, we are now taking a further step to encourage construction companies and designers to adopt a holistic, whole-building strategy to achieve environmental, public health and safety as well as socioeconomic benefits,” He adds, “BEAM Plus Interiors widens the coverage of existing BEAM Plus system to include fit-out, renovation and refurbishment projects of non-domestic, occupied spaces specifically for Hong Kong.”
Being the compact city it is, and well-known as the city of skyscrapers, there is potential for Hong Kong to take a green building lead in Asia by greening its existing building stock and employing green building methods in new construction.
BEAM is a fully local initiative, and the only such certification truly designed with Hong Kong’s unique characteristics in mind. Devised specifically for new and existing buildings within the local context, the assessment scheme has undergone several stages of refinement and is regularly enhanced to keep pace with evolving industry trends and regulations.
John A. Herbert is director of BEAM Society. He chaired the BEAM Interiors steering committee, and is now conducting training for Hong Kong’s professionals to use the BEAM Interiors (BI) new tool.
“BI is a new landmark for green building rating tools, designed specifically for the challenges posed by Hong Kong’s vibrant real estate market, and where adopted it will significantly lower the impact on Hong Kong’s environment,” Herbert said. “We use more than twice the resources the planet can provide, it’s simply not sustainable. We need more design, not less, and the BI tool set out some challenges for Hong Kong Interior designers.”
Requiring only a one-stage assessment process at the end of the fit-out, renovation or refurbishment and associated testing and commissioning, BEAM Plus Interiors offers four certification levels – Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Criteria include Green Building Attributes (GBA); Management (MAN), such as green cleaning and health and safety; Materials Aspects (MA), such as waste recycling facilities; Energy Use (EU); Water Use (WU); Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), such as indoor planting and air quality; and Innovations (IV). And unlike other systems, the BI manual is FREE to download from the BEAM Society website.
With 40 million square metres of office space alone, not to mention the hundreds and thousands of industrial buildings that will be refurbished in the coming years, there is much room for Hong Kong’s buildings to adopt BEAM Plus Interiors and other BEAM green building certification to help make Hong Kong a greener, more liveable city – indoors and out.
For more information about HKGBC, visit: www.hkgbc.org.hk
the above was an excerpt from article on HK BEAM interior