Capital works and building works such as Alterations, Additions, Repairs and Improvements (AA&I) projects funded by the government through the University Grants Committee (UGC) are required to follow the government guidelines on green and sustainability requirements. The Estates Office will ensure the green building policy promulgated by the Government is being followed in the design and construction of new building and renovation of existing buildings in order to foster a quality and sustainable built environment.
The Centennial Campus, opened in September 2012 and received both LEED-Platinum and BEAM-Platinum certifications, is a testimony to the University’s commitment to sustainability and green building policy.
The addition of a 400-seat auditorium to the Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre, completed in 2015, is another example of University’s commitment towards sustainability when carrying out major development projects aiming at BEAM-Gold certification.
HKU Post-Graduate Residence at 10 Ching Lin Terrace – Achieved BEAM Plus Gold Certification
The HKU Post-Graduate Residence at 10 Ching Lin Terrace in Kennedy Town was converted from the former Hon Wah Middle School Building. The final assessment under BEAM Plus for New Buildings criteria was completed in November 2015.
Green Features adopted include:
- Use of non-CFC based refrigerant.
- T5 and LED lighting with lower Lighting Power Density (LPD), energy efficient window and split type A/C and Variable Voltage Variable Frequency (VVVF) drive lifts.
- Use of low flow faucet, showerhead and kitchen faucet to reduce the use of potable water.
- Use of Smart Card Reader System, demonstrating the energy saving strategy by recording and controlling the usage of A/C, lighting system, washer and dryer of each user.
- Recycling bins for metal, plastic, paper, glass and cardboard provided to facilitate recycling.
Building Energy Efficiency Ordinance
Since the enactment of the Building Energy Efficiency Ordinance (BEEO) in September 2012, the Estates Office has put in a place a system to ensure that projects are executed in compliance with the minimum energy standards on the concerned building services installations including lighting, electrical, air-conditioning, lift and escalator installations for both new building projects and major retrofitting works.
The University has appointed a term consultant as Registered Energy Assessors (REA) to certify the building services installations for compliance with the Building Energy Code and obtaining the prescribed Form of Compliance (FOC) for major retrofitting works.