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HKGBC Holds Recognition Scheme Award Presentation-cum-Green Tenancy Driver Training Toolkit Launching Ceremony

Introduction of the first Green Tenancy Driver Training Toolkit

Moving Towards a Green Economy and a Low-Carbon City

HONG KONG, Feb. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --  The Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) held the Recognition Scheme Award Presentation-cum-Green Tenancy Driver Training Toolkit Launching Ceremony today. Mr CHEUNG Hau-wai, SBS, Chairman of the HKGBC, together with Ms Christine LOH Kung-wai, JP, Under Secretary for the Environment and Mr John KWONG, Chief Assistant Secretary (Works) 1, Development Bureau, Government of the HKSAR, as well as representatives from various awarded organisations joined the ceremony to show their support in building Hong Kong towards a sustainable city and shared the joy of contributing to a green economy.

Appreciation certificates were presented to construction materials companies awarded with the HKGBC Green Product Accreditation and Standards (HK G-PASS) as well as the office occupants or buildings awarded with the HKGBC Benchmarking and Energy Saving Tool (HK BEST) to praise them for their contribution towards green building. During the ceremony, the HKGBC also launched the first Green Tenancy Driver Training Toolkit (Training Toolkit) and announced the addition of product categories in Phase 2A of HK G-PASS with a view to spreading green messages to the society.

Ms Christine LOH Kung-wai, JP, Under Secretary for the Environment pointed out that green buildings bring us a comfortable and healthy environment, and appealed to the public to use green building products and adopt energy saving policies, so as to live a low carbon life.

Low-carbon economy has become a global focus since the signing of Paris Agreement at the 2015 United Climate Change Conference (COP21) last December. Green building is essential to the development of low-carbon modern city. Led by the growing trend of green construction, related industries such as environmentally friendly construction materials, green building technology, green property management and recycling will see a prosperous market in the near future and will play a key role in fostering the sustainable development in the 21st century. Prof. HO Kin-chung, Dean of the School of Science and Technology from The Open University of Hong Kong shared his view on how green buildings and related industries could stand the challenges and grasp the opportunities.

HK G-PASS provides a practical and recognised standard for industry practitioners as well as end users to compare the greenness of different construction materials and make smart purchase. The scheme helps them distinguish safer, healthier, more pragmatic and efficient sustainable building products from existing traditional ones, thereby extending the buildings' life cycle. Green building product not only reduces waste but also creates green business opportunities. The scheme comprises five different ratings, namely Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Green, covering 15 product categories in the first phase. The following eight construction materials products are awarded with HK G-PASS:

HK G-PASS Certified Company

Certified Products

Rating

Chiller

The Hong Kong and China Gas
Company Limited

Broad Direct-Fired Absorption
Chiller/Heater BZ100

Silver

Adhesive and Sealant

Kwan Jiu Company Ltd.

Shalex – Stickit

Gold

Kwan Jiu Company Ltd.

Shalex – Sealit Multipurpose

Platinum

Kwan Jiu Company Ltd.

Shalex – Glaze

Platinum

Kwan Jiu Company Ltd.

Shalex – Membrane

Platinum

Kwan Jiu Company Ltd.

Shalex – Waterproofit

Platinum

Paint and Coating

Cathay Coating (HK) Limited

Water Base Fluorocarbon Wall
Coating TF-110

Silver

Pentens (H.K.) Limited

Pure Polyurea Waterproofing Spray
Coating SPU-1000

Platinum

During the ceremony, the HKGBC also announced the addition of five new product categories under HK G-PASS Phase 2A. It can encourage more construction materials companies to apply for the assessment scheme to join forces to build a low-carbon city. The additional five product categories of HK G-PASS are:

  • Pavement Block
  • Block for Internal Partition
  • VRF Split Type System
  • Synthetic Carpet
  • Thermal Insulation

HK BEST consists of two categories including Office Occupants (HK BESTOO) and Office Buildings (HK BESTOF). It is an energy performance assessment tool for office premises and buildings. Users just need to input the energy usage data of office premises or buildings and engage an authorised assessor for audit, analysis and evaluation. The related energy performance rating, which consists of Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze or Green, could be obtained. The scheme aims at improving energy efficiency of office premises and buildings, practicing low-carbon economy concept. The following office occupants and buildings are awarded with HK BEST:

HK BEST Certified Company

Category

Rating

Hong Kong Trade Development Council

HK BESTOO

Silver

IBM China/Hong Kong Limited

HK BESTOO

Platinum

Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd.

HK BESTOO

Silver

REC Engineering Company Limited

HK BESTOO

Gold

Shui On Properties Management Limited

HK BESTOO

Gold

Swire Properties Ltd.

HK BESTOO

Platinum

Nan Fung Development Limited

HK BESTOF

Bronze

To further recognise and appreciate organisations with outstanding performance in green building, the HKGBC introduced the "Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Award". The awarded organisations include:

Award

Awarded Organisation

Awarded Reason

Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility - HK G-PASS (Statutory Bodies)

Urban Renewal Authority

Urban Renewal Authority launched the "Green Item Subsidy" on 1 July 2015. It is the first statutory body to encourage citizens to use HK G-PASS as reference for the subsidy application.

Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Award - HK G-PASS (Suppliers)

Kwan Jiu Company Ltd.

It is the first construction material company to apply for HK G-PASS.

Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Award - HK BESTOO

Swire Properties Ltd.

Commend the first office occupant which adopted HK BESTOO energy performance assessment tool

Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Award - HK BESTOF

Nan Fung Development Limited

Commend the first office building which adopted HK BESTOF energy performance assessment tool

Further to the launch of Green Tenancy Driver for Office Buildings in November 2014, the HKGBC also launched the first Green Tenancy Driver Training Toolkit at the ceremony. It contains the necessary materials for implementing green measures in offices. The Training Toolkit encourages office tenants and occupants to develop green tenancy relationship bytaking the first step of Green Tenancy Driver - raising green awareness. The Training Toolkit covers four key aspects, including energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction and paper reduction. It is conducive in creating a green working environment, promoting green leasing and laying down the foundation of green economy.

Mr CHEUNG Hau-wai, SBS, Chairman of the HKGBC expressed that the HKGBC will keep fostering the green building development in Hong Kong and enhancing the overall standard. Meanwhile, he hopes various stakeholders including construction materials companies, office premises and buildings can join efforts to energise the local green economy development, building a greener Hong Kong.

About the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC)

The Hong Kong Green Building Council Limited (HKGBC) is a non-profit, member led organisation established in 2009 with the vision to help save the planet and improve the wellbeing of the people of Hong Kong by transforming the city into a greener built environment. The Founding Members of HKGBC include the Construction Industry Council (CIC), the Business Environment Council (BEC), the BEAM Society Limited (BSL) and the Professional Green Building Council (PGBC). Its mission is to lead market transformation by advocating green policies to the Government; introducing green building practices to all stakeholders; setting design, construction and management standards for the building profession; and promoting green living to the people of Hong Kong.

To learn more about the HKGBC, please visit www.hkgbc.org.hk.

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