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Sustainability Report 2010

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Resources Utilization and Conservation

Environmental Design

With the adequate economic support, we put more focus on ensuring the quality and sustainable development of public facilities. This was achieved by following the requirement stated in the General Specification for Building (GS 2007) and a series of General Specification for building services installations; and conducting more technical studies.

In 2009, we completed 4 technical information papers. They were related to volatile organic compound (VOC) paints procurement and application, sustainable timber and tensioned fabric. As a continuing effort to look for project improvement opportunities, 17 Technical Studies are still in-progress. In addition to the aforementioned technical information papers, ArchSD hosted 8 Technical Seminars in 2009 to share advanced technologies with the industry.

To drive towards a sustainable community and preserving natural resources, we are endeavoured to integrate sustainability principles into our building specifications. With an aim to reduce energy consumption in government buildings, we adopted various sustainable designs in our new buildings.

Case Study of Environmental Design - Reprovisioning of Diamond Hill Crematorium

Project Description:

The Reprovisioning of Diamond Hill Crematorium was accomplished in two phases to provide our community a dignified space to face the unavoidable moment. The project consisted of the construction of six cremators, four services halls and gardens of remembrance, installation of automatic coffin transportation system, the demolition of the existing crematorium, and other associated facilities. The crematorium has been sited along the landscape of the hillside so that the impact to the surrounding environment could be reduced. The plantrooms are located in the basement so that more space (including the podium top) could be free up for the gardens.

Design and Features:

We integrated the concept of sustainability into this new Diamond Hill Crematorium during the design stage of the project. The following sustainability features were included in this calm and peaceful place:

  • Admission of natural lighting from skylights and slit windows to create a soothing environment inside;
  • The splendidly landscaped podium to provide a serene atmosphere with trees and climbers;
  • Adaptation of the advanced state-of-the-art cremator to ensure the emission is in compliance with the relevant Environmental Protection Department's requirement; and
  • Installation of green roofs on the service halls to lower the roof surface temperature and the air-conditioning load of the halls.
Courtyard of Diamond Hill Crematorium
Courtyard of Diamond Hill Crematorium
Green roofs on the service halls
Green roofs on the service halls
Vertical greening on the building
Vertical greening on the building

Case Study of Environmental Design - Tseung Kwan O (TKO) Sports Ground

Project Description:

To furnish the goal of hosting the 2009 East Asian Games with international standard arenas while addressing local needs, our project team has made efforts to build the new arenas with environmental responsive design.

Design and Features:

One of the new arenas, TKO Sports Ground, demonstrates our efforts in providing the community a pleasant place that is designed to harmonise with the environment through utilising local microclimate conditions. Some of the design features are highlighted below:

  • The sports ground is orientated at an angle that slightly rotated towards the west direction to give more shading time to the football pitch. It softens the morning sun shining directly towards the spectators throughout the year;
  • To maintain the visual openness and the breezeway corridor of the TKO area, the curvilinear metal roof has been carefully designed to give less resistance to air flow such that the wind is less interrupted; and
  • To facilitate athletes to achieve international recognisable records, we ensure the sports ground meets the international standard on the level of wind disturbance to the track and field. Research was conducted to minimise the impacts brought by wind gust, therefore, the orientation of the sports ground has been rotated anticlockwise and the southern extended stand has stretched out to shield the track area from wind gust. The impacts of the wind gust have been examined by wind turbine test.
Admission of natural lighting from skylights
Admission of natural lighting from skylights
Admission of natural lighting from skylights
Breezeway Corridor at Tseung Kwan O Area
Breezeway Corridor at Tseung Kwan O Area
Windshield for Track Area
Windshield for Track Area
Wind-responsive design
Wind-responsive design

Comment from the Chinese University of Hong Kong

"We believe that ArchSD should be a pioneer in sustainability building and design. ArchSD's devoted efforts in promoting sustainability building is well acknowledged by the university, and as such, we look forward to learn more practical examples of green building features from ArchSD. In additions, it is hoped that the university can gain more subvention support from ArchSD in our university's green building projects, so as to build a greener better environment for our students and staff."

Mr. MA W.T, Michael

Campus Development Office
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Our Response:

Sharing our green building knowledge with stakeholders in construction industry is essential for building a greener Hong Kong. Throughout the years, our department has paid increasing attention on adopting green features in building design. In 2008, ArchSD has established a Green Building Committee to centralise and coordinate issues related to green buildings such as energy enhancement and building environmental performance assessment. Apart from releasing more information on our green initiatives, we will continue to share our works through various communication channels.



Comment from a Staff

"Being the leading professional services provider in Hong Kong community facilities and related matters, ArchSD should put more resources on conducting Technical Studies so as to maintain her leading position. The best practices and research findings can be shared with the industrial partners, which can benefit the industry and the public at large."

Mr. CHAU Kwun-tong

Staff

Our Response:

Over the years, we had carried out Technical Studies on various green initiatives such as Green Procurement Guidelines - Low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paint, Guidelines for use of Sustainable Timber or Timber Products in ArchSD contracts, Particular Specification for Tensioned Fabric Structure, etc. We also shared our findings with the public through our website, Sustainability Reports, seminars, etc. We will continue to conduct Technical Studies as necessary and integrate their findings/recommendations into our project as appropriate.


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