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Green Building BEAMPLUS Existing Buildings (EB) Consultant

John Herbert, hong kong energy saving expert, BEAM expert
John Herbert
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The biggest environmental challenge is not the buildings under construction today, no it's the 50,000 existing buildings already built and operating in Hong Kong.

Almost all of Hong Kong's electrical power generation, around 90%, serves our buildings, is it really that surprising? Given that Hong Kong is a major service economy with little manufacturing. And the use of energy in our buildings account for over 60% of the territories Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

For existing buildings, metrics such as Sustainable Sites are hardly relevant, these building already exists, we cant move they closer to the MTR. So the focus needs to be based on operating existing buildings efficiently, minimising waste, and optimising energy efficiency.

Finding the right question is important than just seeking answers. Like it or not sustainability and energy are two sides of same coin.

John Herbert Hong Kong



An existing building does not mean there are no options, it means the framework should focus on continuous improvements over the building lifespan, pivoting towards improving and lower the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) which means lower energy consumption, and by implication lower GHG carbon emissions.

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Existing Building Framework

BEAMplus EB offers two type of framework, called Selective and Comprehensive. The EB selective scheme is simpler, comprising individual targets and certificates. Whereas the new EB Comprehensive is similar to the structure of BEAM PLUS EB v1.2.

BEAM PLUS Existing Building Comprehensive Scheme

The framework will be familar to BEAM users, it comprises requirements organised in different categories, where accumulating credits/points for the whole project could provide Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze awards.

The EB categories include the following:

  1. Management (MAN)
  2. Site Aspects (SA)
  3. Materials Waste Aspects (MWA)
  4. Energy Use (EU)
  5. Water Use (WU)
  6. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
  7. Innovation



Management (MAN)

This category includes credits for:

  1. Green Procurement
  2. Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS)
  3. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
  4. Staff training
  5. Operation and maintenance
  6. IAQ management for renovation
  7. Cleaning and pest control
  8. Building users involvement


Site Aspects (SA)

This category includes credits for:

  1. Site location;
  2. Emissions from the site
  3. Greenery
  4. Site amenities


Materials and Waste Aspects (MWA)

This category includes credits for:

  1. Selection of materials
  2. Waste management and reduction


Energy Use (EU)

This category includes credits for:

  1. Energy performance
  2. Energy management and analysis
  3. Commissioning
  4. Energy efficient improvement
  5. Enhancement


Water Use (WU)

This category includes credits for:

  1. Water conservation
  2. Water management
  3. Effluent


Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

This category includes credits for:

  1. Occupants satisfaction;
  2. Ventilation
  3. Thermal comfort
  4. Hygiene
  5. Indoor air quality
  6. Lighting quality
  7. Acoustics and noise


Innovations and Additions (IA)

This category includes credits for:

  1. New or Innovative Techniques


Operating Existing Euildings effectively is critical



Greening Existing Buildings

There are more than 50,000 buildings in Hong Kong, therefore existing buildings are a critical part of our infrastructure and huge quantities of embodied carbon tied up in those structures.

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Advice

We spend endless hours in buildings, more so than ever before, as a result occupants demand healthier better buildings, therefore get the best advice you can afford.

John Herbert is an interationally experienced and qualified BEAM Professional since 2010, he has taught BEAM and green building topics to architects, engineers, industry professionals, and university students for more than a decade. He is also an EMSD registered energy assessor (REA), therefore understands buildings, how the building systems operate, energy efficiency, and the methods to cut energy and cut operating costs.

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date:20-08-19
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