Green buildings do make a difference by John A. Herbert

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Green Buildings do make a difference.

It has been argued that the public can’t tell the difference between a building and a green building, from the outside buildings “look” the same. And advocates have argued the improved productivity is the key metric, although measuring that is a really challenge.

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reflective white roof more effective than lawn for greening existing buildings by John A. Herbert

Commonsense really…..

reflectA reflective white roof is more effective than lawn for greening existing buildings, here is a link to my article published on LinkedIn https://t.co/H8SyyavhHU

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BEAM Interiors Assessment Fee waived for NGO’s

Good news for NGO’s, the BEAM Plus Interiors assessment fee can be waived! The special offer is valid for a limited time (until 31 Dec. 2014) for upto five NGO’s projects, first-come-first-served, dont delay! gb_ideas

 

BEAM Plus Interiors, known locally as BI is the local rating tool for non-domestic, occupied spaces, specifically designed for office and retail premises, hotel rooms and function rooms, restaurants, and educational facilities. The tool has best practice criteria, and upto 100 points can be awarded for compliance.

Points & Awards

BI is a points based system, achieving the specific goals set out in the BI Manual earns more points, it is that easy. Earn 75 points to achieve the top award Platinum!

Free Manual

The BI manual is FREE, visit the BSL website to download your own copy today!

Categories

The BEAM BI manual is sub-divided into different sections known as categories for convenience,  grouping credits with a common theme together, the categories include:

  1. Green Building Attributes (GBA)
  2. Management (MAN)
  3. Materials Aspects (MA)
  4. Energy Use (EU)
  5. Water Use (WU)
  6. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
  7. Innovations (IV)

Consensus

Built on local consensus, indeed a lot has changed since the first BI draft, thanks to the contributions of the local community. The draft BI was examined and scrutinised  by 100+ Hong Kong building Professionals from the local institutions, through two workshops, and then followed with a three month long PUBLIC consultation period (April 2013-July 2013). Indeed the process is really one of built-in continuous refinement, the BI manual has a page designed to submit your comments.

Conditions

For projects upto 999 sqm (internal floor area) Applicants should fulfil the following three conditions which are simultaneously met:

(a) the building owner is a charitable organisation/Non-government organisations/Non-profit organisations; (b) the building owner does not receive other sources of fund to cover the expense of that assessment fee; and (c) the building is not built for generating commercial income;

Meanwhile, applicants should demonstrate the following criteria:

  1. Help deliver and project a symbolic image and word of mouth of BI.

  2. Demonstrate their strong commitment in pursuing green.

  3. Have good and established reputation in the market.

  4. Go in line with BSL’s mission and vision.

  5. Wish to pursue green but suffering and limited to a stringent budget.

  6. The project is of high profile capable of attracting the attention of the public

visit www.beamsociety.org.hk for more information

In the event of any dispute, the decision of BSL is final. Don’t delay, contact the BEAM office directly to obtain the application form, apply for BI Fee waiver!

BEAM Project Boundary

by John A. Herbert

Under BEAM new building, as the building developer you choose the BEAM project boundary, normally it is automatic, the project boundary will be the lot (site) boundary under your control. However, where the new building is located on a larger site, for example on an existing campus, extreme care is required, because the project boundary is fixed and cannot be changed in the future. The building developer needs to plan and designate a realistic project boundary, again, based on the area under 100% control of that project. Randomly shaped project boundaries that don’t follow the lot boundary, or follow the natural terrain, and natural site features, might be problematic. Plan ahead.

BEAM for Offices Training

BEAM for offices training

There is about 40 Million sqm of office space in Hong Kong, with renovation and fitting out projects representing the bulk of active projects each and every day. Because of their number and repetitive nature these projects have a significant impact on the environment and our quality of life. Responding to market demand and recognising those who choose to do this work in an environmentally friendly fashion and offer users a healthier workspace, a new green building rating tool was created locally by BEAM Society Limited: BEAM Plus BEAM for green officesInteriors. The new addition to the suite of BEAM green rating tools covers fitting out works for commercial premises, offices, hotels, and retail spaces. This two (2) hour training course is specially designed solely for BEAM Professionals. It will introduce the new framework, grading, credits and features of the new rating tool. Undertaking this training course is a prerequisite for all BEAM Professionals to submit Interiors projects for assessment and certification using the BEAM Plus Interiors rating tool.

Speaker: Mr John A. Herbert REA, FCIPHE, MASHARE, BEAM Pro
John has worked across Asia for 20 years, he is an authority on sustainable building development, GB rating tools, and energy efficiency. He is the Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Building at Kelcroft E&M Limited, and he was one of the first BEAM Professionals in Hong Kong. John led the team developing BEAM Plus Interiors in 2013, is chairman of the BEAM Technical Review Panel, and a member of the BEAM Technical Review Committee.

 

Hong Kong Office Rating Tool – BEAM Interiors

Hong Kong BEAM Interiors for Offices, retail and fitouts

Well here it is, after countless pro-bono hours, and a few sleepless nights, BEAM PLUS Interiors (BI) is published!  To the existing BEAM users, the new rating tool will be reassuringly familiar, yes its part of the BEAM suite, and yet its a little different.

Whilst still broadly on based on the existing tool, BEAM Interiors 2008 tool, BEAM NB and EB, this marks a renewed focus on science based sustainability, BEAM has introduced some updated concepts for it’s framework, extra categories  and new credit criteria format.

Ok, I admit it, I did chair the BI steering committee, so I am hoping you’ll find the the new manual exciting, the new credit criteria refreshingly clear, with fewer opportunities for confusion.  But if you find a glitch, do drop a line to BSL and let us know your thoughts, it designed for continuous development. I am sure critics will already be comparing it to LEED, but this tool is a local, Hong Kong rating tool, designed in Hong Kong, for Hong Kong projects, only time will tell if the other tools can catch up! The Official launch, and project registration will commence around September 2013, so that gives you time to familiarise yourself with the new tool and the latest credit requirements.

download the BEAM Interiors manual from the BEAM Society web site or click (PDF) here

update: Presentation about new BEAM interiors 2013 http://www.slideshare.net/johnherbert/beam-interiors-2013

Green Building Regulations & Certifications (BEAM)

Heads up! this month the Hong Kong International Building and Decoration Materials & Hardware Fair will be held at AsiaWorld Expo in Hong Kong. It opens on 27th October 2012, and I’ll be speaking about my favourite topic Hong Kong BEAM in the Green Building Regulations & Certifications session!

It’s an opportunity I doont want to miss, because I want to help the players in the building materials industry, its vendors, suppliers or perhaps that entire supply chain, to understand what Green Building professionals actually need!

john herbert zero landfill logo

And one area specifically we do need more information – affordable smarter materials! We want businesses to have clean environmental records, we want Zero Landfill policies, and so much more…….

Time: 11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Date: 27 October 2012
Venue: Seminar Room, Hall 8, AsiaWorld-Expo

visit the website

see you there!!

 

Consultant for new BEAM Interiors

The BEAM Society in Hong Kong (www.beamsociety.org.hk) is calling tenders for consultants to undertake the updating of the Hong Kong BEAM Interiors green building rating tool, here is the link to download the information:  BEAM Interiors consultancy

~~~ John Herbert