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High Performance Buildings

by John A Herbert | Director

We are facing a silent, hidden crisis, we are burning through resources faster than the planet can sustain, and that is the driver behind high performance buildings concept.

In Hong Kong, buildings consume the lion share of the energy budget using eight six percent (86%) of all the electricity generated and fifty six percent (56%) of all energy usage.

In China buildings consume twenty percent (20%) of all energy, and that is predicted to increase rapidly to more than thirty percent (30%) before the year 2020.

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Kelcroft helps create healthier, energy efficient and more livable environment for business that want to stay in business. Kelcroft advises architects, engineers, and building owners help develop high performance buildings, in a sustainable way, before the planet's resources are exhausted.

Green Labels

Building owners and developers find green building labels valuable as an independent certified green credential which especially useful for attracting and retaining high value tenants.

Different countries use different green building labeling systems:

  • BEAM is the Hong Kong Building Environmental Assessment Method, also used in China.
  • LEED (USA)
  • BREEAM (UK)
  • Green Mark (Singapore)
  • Green Star (Australia)
  • Three Star (china)
  • Lotus (Vietnam)

  • Each system is different, but each has the same goal to provide a benchmark for sustainable and environmentally aware design and construction the result - buildings that are lower cost because we use the integrated design approach.


    Greener Business

    Overflowing landfills, higher energy costs, increasing cost of pollution, amongst others continue to drive business costs higher, but it does not need to be that way. Smarter high performance buildings coupled with greener business practices lower your business costs.

    Kelcroft helps improve your environmental yield using tried and test techniques.Call us today Tel +(852) 2335 9830 if you have questions about your green consultants.


    Why build Green?

    Green building - Do you want healthier, high quality, more durable, efficient, environmentally sensible building? Building green creates a healthier living environment, whilst reducing excess, and waste, or more put simply sustainable high performance building. Click any link below to learn more about how Kelcroft can help you develop a future proof facility:

     

    What is BEAM

    BEAM provides an equitable framework for measuring, rewarding and recognizing superior building performance.

    A BEAM project will have been designed, installed and commissioned using best practice, having all aspects of energy and sustainability, and waste considered.

    BEAM is undoubtedly the leading initiative to improve environmental performance of buildings in Hong Kong, with nearly sixty million square feet assessed and certified. Unlike other initiatives BEAM certification is only completed after the project is completed, to ensure the promised performance is achieved.

    Prospective owners or tenants are assured that the best practice for sustainable building has been employed and achieved, adding value.

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    Why chose BEAM

    BEAM has already certified more than sixty million square feet (2007 data) including residential and commercial accommodation, and on a per capita basis, it exceeds every other assessment method, BEAM is a world leader.

    What is covered under BEAM

    BEAM is a complete and comprehensive standard, that provides a supporting framework covering various building types, including mixed use complexes, both new and existing.

    The assessment is comprehensive and wide ranging, including design, master planning, construction through to commissioning and operation. Impacts of water, energy, and construction materials are covered under the system.


    What are the benefits?

    BEAM and LEED are no marketing trick, it is an independently assessed benchmark. For speculative commercial and residential accommodation it allows prospective tenants to compare one building with another, without marketing hype.

    Certified buildings are rewarded with BEAM/LEED certificate, providing evidence of lower energy consumption and reduced environmental footprint.

    Coupled with lower environmental impact, and lower energy consumption - a certified building reduces ownership costs (saving you money) and also reducing future environmental pollution.

    Interestingly Australia is considering introducing a carbon cap and trade system for Buildings. (Oct. 2008)

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    What about existing buildings?

    The BEAM framework can be employed to certify existing building, credits are awarded for improve performance and lowering energy consumption.

    Whether a new or refurbishment project, strategies can be employed to reduce building energy costs and improve performance.

    Who is using BEAM?

    Commercial, residential, institutional and government sector projects use BEAM to monitor, improve and assess the environmental performance and sustainability of buildings.

    Recognizing that no single document can serve every building classification, BEAM provides the framework for assessment of every building type, including mixed use facilities. 

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    What is the next step?

    One point to consider, it is vital that your green building consultant is appointed from day one, early in the process, to ensure the entire team are are on the same page from project commencement.

    Why? there are several positive benefits for implementing methodologies from day one.

    Environmental methodologies and physical improvements (to increase credits attended) implemented after the contract documents are signed will almost certainly require contract variations and that could open the door for potential dispute.

    Let's take a simple example, if the BEAM metering and sub metering methodology was incorporated at the planning stage:

    • lower first cost - extra cost for overtime is averted
    • avoids utility disconnection preventing tenant disruption
    • documentation is an important element, early adoption avoids change orders and VO's

    Additionally, actively encouraging design innovation is a far simpler process before the design is submitted for approved by AHJ and other government agencies.

    What about buildings at different stages?

    Q. I have already started construction, Can LEED or BEAM be implemented later? can my building be certified? 

    A. Buildings and complexes, at all stages of procurement, whether underway, nearing completion, or newly occupied can be assessed. However, some opportunities to change the specification may have been lost which may impact the rating of your building.

    Can I build Green without certification?

    Q. Can I build green without LEED or BEAM certification?

    A. Yes. Certainly there is no requirement to have your building project certified by LEED or BEAM.  Building green is a strategy, no certificates are required, it is a decision to lower the environmental damage of the construction and enjoy lower operating costs in the future.

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    Call Kelcroft today

    Kelcroft is a member of both the Hong Kong BEAM society, and US Green Building Council - we are here to help you build sustainably, don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements - Call us today Tel +(852) 2335 9830 if you have questions about green building consultants.




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