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28 November 2014 - Our Director and principal engineer Mr John Herbert was elected chairman of Hong Kong Association of Energy Services Companies Ltd. Mr Herbert said "He was honored to accept this position, and he would strive during his term to improve the quality of life for Hong Kong people and across Asia".

20 Nov. 2014 - Our director Mr John Herbert, attended the HKGBC's 5th anniversary dinner and award ceremony. Kelcroft supports Hong Kong green building by sponsoring HKGBC and volunteering with BEAM Society Limited.

18 Nov. 2014 - Kelcroft's John Herbert was guest lecturer at City University, Hong Kong.

8 Oct 2014 - Kelcroft's green building expert, John Herbert attended the World Sustainable Green Building Conference WSB14 held in Barcelona, Spain. More than 2,300 delegates attended the event, with more than 100 from Hong Kong. It was a very packed three day conference covering all aspects of green building.

John Herbert

31 August 2014 - EMSD conducted a briefing for REA at the EMSD headquarters building, and our REA Mr John Herbert, attended EMSD REA briefing.

5 August 2014 - Kelcroft's Mr John Herbert addressed Kowloon Rotary Club 'Preserving the Planet' theme from the improved energy efficiency angle. Herbert said "Energy efficiency improvements are the fastest, least impact improvements on the market that lower resource use (fuels) and carbon emssions".

John Herbert
John Herbert

30 June 2014
Director John Herbert was the guest lecturer at HKUST for BEAM Water Aspects.

29 May 2014
Kelcroft is pleased to announce that today our director John A. Herbert was appointed a member of the EcoDistricts ( Advisory Committee.

5 May 2014
A revised BEAM procedure manual was published by HKGBC. Applicants may bypass Provisional Assessment (PA) stage where a reason is provided. Kelcroft provides green building consultant advice, including energy modelling and lighting simulations for BEAM compliance.

lighting design audit

4 April 2014 Kelcroft attended the CarbonSmart Seminar held at HKPC in Hong Kong for industrial SME's seeking energy saving solutions including innovative low energy solar powered cooling for air conditioning systems

carbon audit

Herbert pitched "Solar air conditioning. He explained "Solar Air Conditioning is an air conditioning system powered by hot water from solar collectors, or even waste hot water from the manufacturing process. It's a very economical choice to provide chilled water for air conditioning. He explained that the demand for cooling typically accounts for the large part of the electricity bill.

3 April 2014
Director Mr John Herbert attended the City LEAP project conference at the Marriott hotel, Hong Kong organized by the Climate Group.
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21 Feb. 2014 - Save the date, 27-29 March 2014, visit Kelcroft at MICEF 2014, Macau ..... ...learn more



1 Dec. 2013
Thermal Imaging, what the eye cannot see, we can reveal. Kelcroft's hi-resolution Infra-red imaging tools reveals those hidden secrets. Thermal bridging that occurs in building structures, its not visible to the human eye but clearly shown (purple) image below.

infrared building imageCopyright 2013 What secrets does your building hide?

27 September 2013
Kelcroft's director Mr John Herbert the BEAMPLUS Interiors steering committee chairman conducted the BEAMPLUS Interiors training course at the South Pacific hotel today to a packed audience.

This type of green building training is important because unlike BEAM NB and EB, for BEAM PLUS Interiors a BEAM prop BEAMPLUS Interiors (BI) endorsement is mandatory for BI projects ........ READ MORE

John Herbert leading green building rating tools training

24 September 2013
BEAM Interiors launch ceremony was held at the historical Asia Society building in Admiralty. Herbert said BI was new, another step in the development of greening Hong Kong.

John Herbert
Left to right HKGBC chairman Conrad Wong, Secretary of the Environment KS Wong, BSL Chairman John Ng and BEAM Interiors steering committee John Herbert. (Link to HKGBC press release)


16 September 2013
Completed another commercial building EMSD Energy Audit today, identified significant cost and energy savings (32%), the largest cost saving requires no investment, zero cost to implement, yes zero cost!! And who says energy audits are not worth it?

The real benefit is the recurrent savings, lower costs year after year.


13 September 2013 - Kelcroft is HKGBC member and HKGBC patron sponsor attended SB13 Sustainable Buildings 2013 Urban Density and Sustainability conference on 12 and 13 September 2013.

Kelcroft Patron HKGBC member Hong Kong


24 July 2013
Offices in Hong Kong will able to finally earn recognition as a result of the new BEAM PLUS Interiors (BI) rating tool.

Our Director John Herbert was the instructor for the new BEAM PLUS BI training course.

4 July 2013 - Leading the drive for green offices, hotels, and retail our director John Herbert has been conducting training for the new BEAM Plus Interiors to train-up BEAM pro's course for BEAM PLUS BI

9 June 2013 - John Herbert's blog @ has an interesting article regarding can BMS save energy conservation.

1 May 2013 - The EMSD Energy Audit code (EAC) 2012 version II is effective today, the submission information required are now more onerous.

29 April 2013 - With decades of energy auditing experience both locally and overseas our REA, Mr John Herbert, has completed Energy Audits in accordance with the EMSD energy audit standard under EAC 2012 version I.

14 April 2013 - BEAM Plus Interiors, the only Hong Kong rating tool for offices, restaurants, and retail premises was published today! Chairman of the BEAM Interiors steering committee Mr John Herbert said today is a historic occasion for BEAM and Hong Kong, this rating tool provides the opportunity for interior designers to earn recognition for those office owners that embrace sustainability principles during fitting out work. Herbert said "Office fitout and renovation work creates a significant qualities of waste, estimated to be one third of the total C&D waste filling our limited landfill space in Hong Kong, and BEAM Plus Interiors recognises those firms who walk the talk."

Besides waste, the BEAM PLUS Interiors rating tool also targets the various impact sectors, Energy, Materials, Water, IAQ and enviromental issues

28 March 2013 - As Hong Kong's air conditioning and chiller experts we can announce that Kelcroft was appointed to investigate technical issues related to an accident involving an existing air cooled Chiller plant in Central Hong more about air conditioning

26 March 2013 - We are pleased to announce that Kelcroft's director, John A. Herbert was granted FCIHPE (Fellow of Chartered Institute of Heating and Plumbing Engineers) today.

21 March 2013 - Our director Mr John Herbert will attend the MIECF 2013 conference in Macau, catch-up at Booth F56!

19 March 2013 - John Herbert chaired the BEAM Technical Water panel meeting today to discuss BEAM improvements for the new BEAM manual.

8 March 2013 - Kelcroft's John Herbert was the guest lecturer at Hong Kong's City university, John's topic energy efficiency and carbon auditing was clearly well received judged from students questions after the lecture.

22 February 2013 - BEAMPLUS Interiors for offices, the latest addition to the BEAM PLUS family of rating tools will be published soon said John Herbert, chairman of BEAM Interiors steering committee. He said "Our steering committee members, all volunteers, have worked very hard over for more than a year to deliver this state of the art green office rating tool for Hong Kong.

Visit BEAM society website for the latest information.

25 January 2013 - Kelcroft's in-house Registered Energy Assessor Mr John Herbert attended EMSD's briefing for Hong Kong Registered Energy Assessors in January. EMSD presented cases lessons learnt since the inception of the BEEO in Sept. 2012, and faced difficult questions from the REA audience regarding scope and interpretation of the BEEO and EAC 2012. The key takeaway from the briefing EMSD expects the EAC Energy Audit work to carried out by REA not a subordinates. John Herbert said "it was insightful, covering a range of complex scenerios commonly found in Hong Kong buidings.

10 January 2013 - HKGBC held its Faculty selection panel meeting today, and faculty member John Herbert attended. HKGBC Faculty comprises Hong Kong green building elite, building professionals with additional experience in the green building sphere.



29 November 2012 - Hong Kong hosted the Building Material exhibition, and our director Mr John Herbert was invited to present in the Green Materials stream. He offered his unique insight for the future of green building in Hong Kong, and introduced the BEAM Plus Interiors rating tool that would be launch next year.

27 November 2012 - Mr John Herbert, a director at Kelcroft, was elected as a director of BEAM Society Limited.

19 November 2012 - Building Energy Future, Mr John Herbert speaking at AMCHAM energy event highlighting the future for building energy consumption.....more

17 November 2012 - BEAM Plus Interiors steering committee chairman Mr John Herbert provide the introduction to welcome the BEAM PLUS Interiors workshop. Photo below workshop delegates. The workshop engaged more than 100 professionals to review and comment upon the draft BEAM Interiors rating tool.

John Herbert
BEAMPLUS Interiors workshop 17 Nov. 2012

10 November 2012 - Mr John Herbert was a guest lecturer at Chinese University his lecture covered the importance of water conservation, rainwater harvesting and greywater related to BEAM and green building.

27 October 2012 - John Herbert presented at EcoExpoAsia 2012 Building Materials and Decoration fair, the topic the future of green buildings and green building materials.

17 October 2012 - BEAM Society Limited held a wide ranging consultation for the new updated BEAMPLUS Interiors rating tool, under the supervision of John Herbert as the chair of the BEAM Plus interiors steering committee.

29 September 2012 - One of our project was a featured project for World Green Building Week 2012. Kelcroft, the BEAM and sustainabily consultant for the project. Herbert, Kelcroft's director was "He was delighted that the project was featured by the World Green Building Council"

featured World green building project

24 September 2012 - Kelcroft's director, John Herbert was elected Vice-Chairman of HAESCO.

1 June 2012 - Kelcroft's director Mr John Herbert was appointed as a member of Hong Kong Green Building Council Faculty and a member of the HKGBC faculty selection committee.

20 January 2012 - No Holidays for Legionella by John Herbert

6 January 2012
Legionella Seminar Kelcroft has arranged a technical meeting, our director John A. Herbert will talk, the topic "Legionella Prevention in Buildings" on 13th January 2012.... ....learn more

4 January 2012
Kelcroft's John Herbert was interviewed by the South China Morning Post in connection with Legionella in Hong Kong and published on 4th January 2012. (To enlarge click on image).

John Herbert

The new Government HQ building in Tamar was opened in August 2011, and staff have been moving into the new facility. Both Legislators and civil service unions have expressed concern for staff safety. Kelcroft's John Herbert said "No details of this LD case, other than the brief media reports have been issued"

2 January 2012
The SCMP and other newspapers reported that further tests have revealed Legionella positive results at the Hong Kong Government's HK5.5 Bln flagship HQ building at Tamar. Education chief Micheal Suen contract legionnaires disease from the new building in December 2011, and the government is now conducted further testing of the water systems in the building. Kelcroft's director, Mr John. A. Herbert said "Often Legionella is associated with the warmer water temperatures of summer, but this case another example to support the fact that contracting legionella is not just a summer time occurance".



28 November 2011 - Kelcroft's director John Herbert was honored speaker at ecoexpoasia 2011. The technical seminar was focused on green buildings, and John presented the audience with his thoughts and ideas for planning green buildings. "Too often the consultant is approached too late in the day" Herbert said. The seminar was sponsored by Bank of China. John provided his top five tips for planning green buildings (presentation slides 1.7 MB PDF)

John Herbert

16 November 2011 - Kelcroft's director John Herbert participated in the InnoAsia 2011 conference at Hotel Icon in Hong Kong. The technology panel focus was slated as the Energy Efficiency Technology Forum titled “How much can be saved?”

There are too many commentators that talk about energy efficiency" Herbert said. His goal at the conference to put some meat on the bones with real world examples. The technical panel and audience debated the EE issues, and John provided examples of savings found in practice. His Experience coupled with attention to detail reveals energy management opportunities.

John Herbert
John Herbert

18 February 2011 - Kelcroft's director John Herbert was interviewed about Green living and an article published in the China Daily

27 January 2011 - Mr John Herbert will be teaching course "Understanding and Implementing Energy Management Systems (EnMS) ISO 50001 and BS 16001" on 21st February 2011 at the Innocentre in Hong Kong.......learn more




4 October 2010 - Helping Insurers, insurance companies, and loss adjusters call Kelcroft for expert assistance to help interpret technical engineering risks and more

kelcroft is energy auditing energy consultant, Hong Kong

20 August 2010 - while conducting an energy audit we found....

6 July 2010 - Director Mr John Herbert is one of the first BEAM Professionals in Hong Kong, he has been helping train Hong Kong's first batch of BEAM Green Building professionals. To mark this special occasion the HKGBC and BEAM Society held the inaugural BEAM Professional award ceremony.

green building BEAM consultant
Hong Kong BEAM Consultant

2 April 2010 - Our Director Mr John Herbert was appointed as a member of the BEAM Faculty (formerly HK-BEAM). The BEAM faculty consists of Hong Kong's leading green building expertise and prepared the BEAM Professional training and here to learn more about the ways Kelcroft helps you're green building effort in Hong Kong

8 March 2010 - "Sustainability is Critical" published in South China Morning Post

14 January 2010 - What is BIM? BIM means Building Information Management, a hot topic in industry. Many years ago CAD crept into the built environment lexicon, now BIM is starting the same journey. To learn more about BIM for construction building management, BIM training and how it will effect you

20 January 2010 - "It's important to stay in touch with the international energy sector and energy management standards" Herbert said. Director Mr John Herbert attended BS 16001 Energy Management: Saving Cost and Energy course on 20 January 2010 in Hong Kong



4 December 2009 - Kelcroft's director Mr John Herbert was speaking at the HKTDC energy efficiency conference held in Hong Kong on the topic of Hong Kong building energy efficiency.

John Herbert
John Herbert speaking at Hong Kong Energy Efficiency Conference 2009

23 November 2009 - What is green building? A simple question? Some answers in this article by John Herbert

green building consultant, REA, and energy auditor Hong Kong

20 November 2009 - Director John A. Herbert, a member of the BEAM society, attended the conference and launch of Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC). And the latest version of BEAM's green building rating tool, BEAMPLUS was also released to coincide with this event.

15 October 2009
Today, the 32nd recorded case of Legionnaires Disease was reported by CHP (link to CHP report.)
John A Herbert

31 August 2009 - The Chinese media covers the CHP Hong Kong reporting that the number of cases of the potentially fatal Legionnaires' Disease so far this year (Jan - August 2009) is already more than double the number of cases in 2008....learn more about Legionella

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29 May 2009 - The South China Morning Post ( interviewed Kelcroft's John Herbert on the topic of green building. In case you missed it, here is a link to the article (A3 size, PDF)

2 April 2009 - Kelcroft participated in the MICEF 2009 exhibition, Macau with AMCHAM. Our director Mr John. A. Herbert attended the conference. "It is was fruitful event improving the energy efficiency of buildings must be a top priority" Herbert said.

Kelcroft Macau 2009

25 March 2009 - Kelcroft is pleased to announce that Director Mr John Herbert was elected HAESCO Vice Chairman and chairman of the HAESCO Membership committee.

13 February 2009 - Kelcroft was appointed CP3 Cleaner Production service provider for CP3 programme serving PRD China

CP3 directory

20 January 2009 - Director John Herbert's has a personal blog, focused on the green building and energy efficiency sectors here is the link

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5 September 2008
The Hong Kong Association of Energy Services Companies (HAESCO) held its first energy efficiency conference on 5 Sepember 2008.

As a leading expert in the industry, our director Mr John Herbert presented on the topic of Building Energy Efficiency. The event, held at HKPC building, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, had more than 250 delegates attending to hear the news and views speakers including EMSD, Hong Kong and overseas experts.

Mr John Herbert
Mr John Herbert

Mr John Herbert
Mr John Herbert

8 August 2008 - ArchSD has published guide for green roof

climate change, John Herbert

Climate Change Conference in Hong Kong 20 June 2008, our John Herbert presented a future with sustainable industries, a future where the waste from one business is the raw material for another business process.

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John Herbert speaking at Climate Change Conference 2008

6 June 2008 - Better late than never, CDM arrives in Hong Kong

4 June 2008 - Kelcroft's director Mr John Herbert attended the 2008 Asia Clean Energy Forum held at ADB, Manilla. However, energy efficiency improvements were not in focus on this occasion, a lost opportunity since EE improvments are the fastest, lowest means to lower carbon emmissions.

John Herbert
ACEF 2008 Panel discussion, Manilla

17 May 2008 - Kelcroft's director Mr John. Herbert visited Hong Kong's first ecoblock manufacturing facility. Using waste glass previously dumped into landfill as a substitute for sand, creating new buildings materials using a dry process at the Laputa Eco-Construction Material Company Limited plant in Hong Kong.

John. Herbert
recycled glass used for ecoblocks to construct pavements

17 March 2008 - Kelcroft's director Mr John. Herbert attended Penwell committee meeting in China.

12 January 2008
The Hong Kong Association of Energy Services Companies Limited (HAESCO) was launched on 12 January 2008. Kelcroft's Director Mr John A. Herbert founding director of HAESCO, officiated the Inauguration Ceremony held at the Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong.

John. Herbert

It was my honor to introduce US Assistant Secretary of Commerce Mr David Bohigian was our guest of honour to announce the official launch of HAESCO ( The event coincided with the US energy trade mission to Hong Kong.



26 November 2007 - A competiton was created for the urban planning design of Hong Kong's waterfront with Kelcroft's Mr John Herbert as a member of the urban design jury panel.

jury member John Herbert
Finalists models were displayed in Pacific Place

26 Aug 2007 - Energy conservation is possible article by John Herbert

energy efficiency, John herbert, hong kong

21 July 2007 - Another long hot summer, electrical power shortage in PRD (Pearl River Delta) causes power outages again this year in South China

27 April 2007 - John Herbert arranged Ice Storage more

January 2007 - The latest edition of the HK-BEAM greenbuilding newsletter published an article by our director John Herbert on the subject of Energy Efficient Cooling Tower operation
Energy Efficient Cooling Towers published by HK-BEAM PDF format



26 Dec 2006 - An Asia wide Internet outage is a stark reminder, businesses heavily rely on internet access for communications, but do you remember the data centre golden rules?

25 July 2006 - Another data center outage. An independent data centre audit is the only cost effective means to minimise the risk of data centre failures. Often the post incident review merely confirms an avoidable risk was not assessed. It should have been identified and avoided.......

24 May 2006 - Kelcroft's founder and director Mr John Herbert appeared as an energy expert at the Building Services Professional Energy Efficiency conference held on 24th May 2006 at the Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong. The event was a resounding success, as a result the organizers have decided to organize an annual event.

director John herbert energy efficiency expert conference speaker

3 May 2006 - Mr John Herbert's green building article was published in the South China Morning Post. In case you missed it, saved a copy here - Green Building PDF A3, 1 page published by SCMP



8 Aug 2005 - energy saving tips more

6 June 2005 - Time for a new more

25 May 2005 - PRD power crisis more

5 May 2005 - Cogeneration Paper (2 page PDF) presented at AMCHAM energy seminar by John Herbert



24 July 2004 PRD Power Crisis brief by John Herbert

24 May 2004 - Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) by John Herbert

21 May 2004 - an article by John Herbert Details Matter!

25 August 2004 - An article about Hong Kong Indoor Air Quality by John Herbert

30 November 2004 - Thermal and Ice Storage Systems article by John Herbert

Top Twenty Tips for Sustainable Living written by Mr John Herbert and published by Canadian Chamber of Commence in Hong Kong



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May 2003 The new acronym SARS entered the global vocabulary this year, here is a link to Kelcroft's SARS Drainage Report (1MB PDF)

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