Project Quality Management

We are committed to provide quality services to our clients on the buildings and the associated services for public facilities that are either funded or owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government. Working together with our supply chain partners, we endeavuor to develop and uphold buildings with the latest technology and a high level of performance for the benefit of the general public, the prosperity of the city, as well as the protection of the environment.

Building Environmental Assessment Method (BEAM) Certification

Certifications based on BEAM or BEAM Plus assessment provide local recognition to buildings that use lesser energy, water and materials as well as lower carbon footprint than traditional structures. We have participated in the BEAM assessment since 1996. Up to the end of 2012, ArchSD has obtained certifications in 30 government buildings.

In 2012, ArchSD has 15 projects submitted for BEAM or BEAM Plus Assessment (5 projects awarded highest rating).

Buildings Achieved BEAM Certifications

HK-BEAM Version Rating No. of Building / Project
Version 1/96R & 2/96 Excellent 11
Very Good 2
Version 4/04 Platinum 10
Gold 7
Total 30

Green Contractor Award

Managing many local construction projects, we attempt excellence in quality building and environmental performance in our construction sites. We also encourage contractors to think and work "green" when carrying out daily operations. In order to recognise contractors which have demonstrated excellent and continual improvement in their environmental performance, we have established the annual "Green Contractor Award Scheme" and Year 2012 marked the twelfth year of the Scheme.

All our projects under construction during the year, including maintenance projects with contract sums exceeding HK$30 millions, are eligible to participating in the Scheme. Contractors of those projects that have achieved top scores for their environmental performance will be granted the Green Contractor Award.

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The Ceremony of Green Contractor Award 2012

The following sections highlight the sustainable measures implemented by the recipients of the Green Contractor Award 2012.

Air Quality Control

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Cover exposed soil slope

Cover exposed soil slope

Spray water frequently

Spray water frequently

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Expose earth treated by surface compaction

Expose earth treated by surface compaction

Wash Wheels at site exit

Wash Wheels at site exit

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Cover over grouting station and stockpile of cement

Cover over grouting station and stockpile of cement

Vacuum cleaner for daily cleaning

Vacuum cleaner for daily cleaning

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Use Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD) with regular testing for fuel on site to reduce air pollution

Use Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD) with regular testing for fuel on site to reduce air pollution

Adopt spray sprinkler system at site entrance

Adopt spray sprinkler system at site entrance

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Seal off air duct system to prevent dust and pollutants accumulation

Seal off air duct system to prevent dust and pollutants accumulation

Install air blowers to improve ventilation in basement

Install air blowers to improve ventilation in basement

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Rinse vehicle wheels before leaving the site

Rinse vehicle wheels before leaving the site

Cover dump trucks with mechanical shields

Cover dump trucks with mechanical shields

Noise Abatement

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Regular noise measurement

Regular noise measurement

Colour code system and label to remind workers of restricted hours

Colour code system and label to remind workers of restricted hours

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Combination of drilling machine and breakers

Combination of drilling machine and breakers

Use chemical expansion agent to break rocks

Use chemical expansion agent to break rocks

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Noise barrier / shield

Noise barrier / shield

Acoustic mat to lower noise impact

Acoustic mat to lower noise impact

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Acoustic jacket wrapped around hydraulic breaker

Acoustic jacket wrapped around hydraulic breaker

Use quality powered mechanical equipment

Use quality powered mechanical equipment

Waste Reduction and Management

Solid wastes are reused or recycled on site whenever feasible. For example:

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Waste separation to assist recycling or reuse
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Waste separation to assist recycling or reuse
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  1. Waste separation to assist recycling or reuse;
  2. Plastic waste collected on-site and pelletized into reusable raw material through "Plastic Resources Acquisition Partnership Scheme";
  3. Use floor decking made of recycled plastic materials;
  4. Timber reuse for other construction sites;
  5. Broken traffic cone reuse as umbrella stand;
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Broken traffic cone reuse as umbrella stand
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  1. Metal fence reuse from previous projects;
  2. Used fence sent to different sites for reuse;
  3. Banner reuse for beautification of site office;
  4. Reuse excavated materials for backfilling;
  5. Steel bars are to be recycled;
  6. Wooden pallets are to be reused as far as possible;
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Steel bars are to be recycled
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Wooden pallets are to be reused as far as possible
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Use Forest Steward Council (FSC) certified timber
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The used FSC certified timber materials were to be reused on Site
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Use FSC certified paper
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  1. Use Forest Steward Council (FSC) certified timber;
  2. The used FSC certified timber materials were to be reused on site; and
  3. Use FSC certified paper.

Reduce paper usage with:

  1. Paperless meeting;
  2. Recycling of red packets;
  3. Waste paper and cartridges recycled;
  4. Electronic site inspection; and
  5. Electronic tool management system.
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Wastewater Treatment

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Wastewater treatment tank

Wastewater treatment tank

Treated waste water for washing vehicles

Treated waste water for washing vehicles

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Sewage treatment system

Sewage treatment system

Monitoring effluent quality

Monitoring effluent quality

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Rainwater collected for watering plant and flushing toilet

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Recyling water for pool and filtration plant system test

Energy Management

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Building-integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Panel

Building-integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Panel

Solar panel

Solar panel

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Transparent sunroof

Transparent sunroof

Metal roof and air gap to improve office ventilation

Metal roof and air gap to improve office ventilation

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Using T10 LED light tubes

Using T10 LED light tubes

Motion sensor to switch off lighting in meeting room

Motion sensor to switch off lighting in meeting room

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Water heating with solar energy

Water heating with solar energy

Solar mosquito killing device

Solar mosquito killing device

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Energy saving reminder

Energy saving reminder

Purchasing Class 1 Energy Label appliance

Purchasing Class 1 Energy Label appliance

In-house Environmental Programmes

In-house Environmental Programmes were established to promote environmental awareness such as:

  • Green and Caring Site Commitment and Award Scheme;
  • Induction Trainings and Toolbox Talks;
  • Chemical Spill Training and Drill;
  • Play videos about environmental protection at rest area in site;
  • Publish newsletters to residents outlining construction activities and pollution abatement measures;
  • Provision of recognition to best performers on environmental performance; and
  • Encourage staff involvement in community services on environmental protection issues.

Client Satisfaction Survey

In order to collect clients' feedback on our deliverables, ArchSD carries out Client Satisfaction Survey periodically. By setting clear targets and analysing actual results, we can benchmark our performance to assist the Department in improving service quality continuously.

The targets and actual achievement regarding Client Satisfaction Survey in 2012 are as follows:

Targets Actual Achievement
100% of the completed projects to achieve Satisfied Level or above on the overall performance Fully achieved (100%)
100% compliance with the target to enhance the communication with client by: a) replying within 2 months after the survey to follow up with the observations raised during the survey; b) informing client within 1 month after the final completion of all follow-up actions Fully achieved (100%)
98% of works audited to achieve Satisfied Level or above on the overall performance Fully achieved (99.6%)

For any comments or suggestions received through the Client Satisfaction Survey and other channels, we will keep proper records and follow up after internal review.

15 Buildings for BEAM Label