Achieving BEAM Plus Excellent Grading in
Energy Use Certification for Hospital Authority Building
The EMSD is the first government department to attain the Final Platinum Rating Certification under BEAM Plus Existing Buildings (V1.2) and the Platinum Rating Certification under BEAM Plus Neighbourhood. By leveraging this rich experience, we proactively promote sustainable development among our clients and help other government buildings apply for similar certification. Compared with the accreditation process for new buildings, the challenges are much greater for existing buildings. After two years of strenuous preparation, we successfully assisted the Hospital Authority (HA) Building in achieving the Excellent Grading in the “Energy Use” aspect under BEAM Plus Existing Buildings (V2.0) Selective Scheme. Through this exercise, we went the extra mile to help our client enhance their performance in sustainable development of the existing building. Obtaining the Excellent Grading further affirmed the collaborative efforts by EMSD and our client.
Among the six aspects under the Selective Scheme, “Energy Use” was selected for certification. We attained an extremely high score of 90% and earned recognition from the Hong Kong Green Building Council, which stated that “This achievement signifies the EMSD’s commitment in promoting solutions for sustainable buildings.”
The HA Building has been in service for 20 years. All along we have been monitoring its energy use, renewing its E&M facilities and introducing the latest energy saving technologies to enhance its energy efficiency. Examples include the adoption of more energy-efficient oil-free chillers, installation of variable frequency drives and CO2 detectors for air-handling units, application of LED lighting, etc. Meanwhile, we have been constantly strengthening the environmental and energy management measures to ensure proper operational management and reduce energy waste of the HA Building. Ultimately, we managed to reach our targets quickly and helped our client obtain the certification. Through implementation of the above salient energy saving measures, the electricity consumption at the HA Building in 2016 dropped significantly by more than 18% as compared with that in 2012. The result is exhilarating and remarkable.
We are happy to share with our clients the experience of BEAM Plus accreditation. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Chong Kwok-kee, Senior Engineer, at 3155 4000.