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Notice of Office Relocation and Customer Hotline Change
Our address has moved to Suite 2-5, 3rd Floor, Sino Plaza, 255-257 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
Customer Hotline: (852) 2137 0432
Hotline Service Hours: 0900-1800
Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance which is to come into full operation from 21 September 2012 onward
About 90% of total electricity consumption in Hong Kong is contributed by buildings. Through enhancement of building energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions can be effectively reduced. In October 1998, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department has launched the voluntary Hong Kong Energy Efficiency Registration Scheme for Buildings to promote the application of Building Energy Code. To further promote building energy efficiency, the Government enacted the Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance (the Ordinance) which is to come into full operation from 21 September 2012 onward (Note: Registration under the voluntary Scheme is not regarded as having complied with the Ordinance).
The 3 key requirements of the Ordinance
The developers or building owners of newly constructed buildings should ensure that the 4 key types of building services installation therein, namely, air-conditioning installation, lighting installation, electrical installation as well as lift and escalator installation, comply with the design standards of the Building Energy Code (BEC).
The responsible persons (i.e. owners, tenants or occupiers etc.) in buildings should ensure that the 4 key types of building services installation therein comply with the design standards of the BEC when “ major retrofitting works ” are carried out.
The owners of commercial buildings (including the commercial portions of composite buildings, e.g. shopping malls under residential storeys) should carry out energy audit for the 4 key types of central building services installation therein in accordance with the Energy Audit Code (EAC) every 10 years. (Note: If energy audit has already been carried out in advance before 21 September 2012, please click here for the transitional arrangement).
Soft Reminder :
The statutory requirement for compliance with the BEC (currently BEC 2012 Edition) applies to all major retrofitting works completed on or after the full operation date of the Ordinance, irrespective of the commencement date of the works. In other words, even the major retrofitting works are commenced before 21 September 2012, they are required to comply with the new BEC 2012 Edition if they are completed on or after 21 September 2012. If the responsible person of the major retrofitting works has difficulties to comply with certain requirements of the BEC 2012 Edition, the responsible person may apply, with justification, to EMSD for exemption from those particular requirements pursuant to section 20 of the Ordinance. Please click here for the application form for exemption (Form EE-EX).
Pursuant to Schedule 5 of the Ordinance, the first energy audit for an existing commercial building or the commercial portion of an existing composite building with the occupation approval of that building issued on or after 1 January 1988 should be carried out not later than 20 September 2013. If there are difficulties for an existing building with the occupation approval issued on or after 1 January 1988 to have the first energy audit carried out on or before 20 September 2013, the relevant building owner may consult the EMSD.
Office Moving Notice
Our office has moved to Suite2, L 22, Office Tower, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Monkok, Kowloon
Tel and Fax has changed as follows:
Tel: (852) 2323-3632
Fax: (852) 2323-3655
Office Hours: 0900-1800 (Lunch Hour: 1400-1500)
Outstanding Green Excellence Awards 2010
【香港 — 2010年11月9日】 由《資本雜誌》主辦的「資本傑出環保大獎2010頒獎典禮」，今日假香港跑馬地馬場舉行頒獎典禮。
雷添良先生, JP 香港特別行政區第十一屆全國人大代表
王英偉先生, SBS, JP 香港特別行政區第十一屆全國人大代表
梁家傑先生, SC 立法會議員
羅君美女士, MH, JP 環境保護運動委員會副主席
Canon Hongkong Co. Ltd.
Coolpoint Energy Ltd.
EcoSmart Energy Management Ltd.
Fidelity (Far East) Trading Co., Ltd
Fukutomi Company Limited
Kukel Technology Company Limited
利安電光源(香港)有限公司 - 曼佳美®
SINOMAX Health & Household Products Ltd.
Synergy Green Technology Co. Limited
Outstanding Green Excellence Awards 2010
Eco Expo Asia 2010 - Invitation
During 3-6 November 2010, we will be exhibiting at the "Eco Expo Asia - International Trade Fair on Environmental Protection".
We treasure every opportunity to meet with you, our valued customer. We cordially invite you to visit us.
Our booth number is 3-D26 .
You may click here to find our location.
Ecosmart Energy Management Ltd
For more information about the fair, please visit www.ecoexpoasia.com
New Campus with Wind System in Sichuan
7 September 2010
CUHK Builds Advanced Eco School in Two Weeks for Sichuan
A research team led by Prof. Zhu Jingxiang of the School of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has developed an advanced architectural system for the construction of the New Bud Study Hall in Sichuan this summer. Based on the experience of building the first New Bud Primary School at Xiasi village in Sichuan’s Jiange County, the new Study Hall excels further in energy efficiency and space design, while retaining certain distinguishing features of the first school, such as earthquake resistance, durability and short construction time (two weeks).
With the support of the Hong Kong Dragon Culture Charity Fund and the CUHK New Asia Sichuan Redevelopment Fund, Professor Zhu and his team applied innovative building technologies to develop an ecological school prototype after the 5.12 Wenchuan Earthquake. The new Study Hall is located in a remote minority village, Dazu, a hilly region of an altitude of 2,600 m on the border of Sichuan Province.
The Study Hall adopts a light composite structure system, with earthquake resistance reaching Mercalli Intensity Scale X. Built with fire-proof, weather-resistant materials, the life span of the system is expected to last over 20 years. Over 90% of the components in the building system are prefabricated in factories, reducing the time taken to assemble the super-structure to only 14 days. With a low construction cost, the system is an ideal option for buildings in areas threatened by natural disasters or stricken areas needing reconstruction.
The design of the building envelope, the separation between the interior and exterior environments of the building, meets the relevant contemporary standards of developed countries. Thermal insulation materials of 8 cm thick are used in the exterior to resist cold weather. The vents are well-positioned and the stack effect is manipulated carefully to keep indoor space cool in summer and warm in winter.
A wind turbine is used to provide clean energy to power the LED lights installed in the Study Hall, keeping the total energy consumed for lighting to as low as 1.2 KW. Extra space is also reserved for the installation of a solar ground heating system.
The 260 sq. m. single-storey building compactly houses three classrooms and a reading space, without wasting any space in corridors. All four areas are uniquely designed with different sizes, proportions and orientations, giving students a clear sense of location. Teachers can also make good use of the space by adjusting the doors. Translucent partition walls are used to block noise, without hindering light penetration.
The Study Hall is well integrated into the scenic views of Lugu Lake as well as the existing village fabric. With a simple timber-trellis cladding design, this modern building blends in with the rural ambiance of the village without consuming as much raw timber as the vernacular log constructions commonly found in the village.
The project involves 30 volunteers, comprising mainland and Hong Kong university students, and architects. Demonstrating an advanced building constructed with innovative building technologies, the project holds much educational value.
The Study Hall has been in operation since 1 September. Students can complete their six-year primary education there and it has attracted students from neighboring villages.
This ecological school prototype integrates an innovative structural system, construction and environmental technologies with compact spatial organizations, thereby drastically raising the building's overall performance. In conjunction with Professor Zhu,
Buildings Energy Efficiency Bill introduced into Legislative Council
The Buildings Energy Efficiency Bill for mandatory implementation of the Building Energy Code was published in the Gazette (click here for the Bill) on 4 December 2009 and was introduced into the Legislative Council on 9 December 2009 to commence the vetting procedures. http://www.emsd.gov.hk/emsd/chi/pee/mibec.shtml
Building Energy Efficiency Funding Schemes launched
The $450 million Building Energy Efficiency Funding Schemes were formally launched today (April 8) with funding from the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF).
Officiating at the launching ceremony, the ECF Committee Chairman Professor David Lung said,“The funding schemes will encourage building owners to take concrete action for enhancing the energy efficiency performance of buildings.”
The funding schemes provide subsidies to incentivise building owners to conduct energy-cum-carbon audits and energy efficiency projects for their buildings.
“We expect that more than 1,600 projects will be subsidised. This will also create business and job opportunities for various sectors such as the electrical, mechanical, building services and environmental engineering sectors,” Professor Lung said.
Energy-cum-carbon audits can help building owners to systematically review the use of energy and quantify the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with their buildings, as well as to identify opportunities for the enhancement of energy efficiency and conservation and reductions in GHG emissions arising from building operations. Financial incentives will also be provided to encourage building owners to carry out alteration, addition or improvement works to upgrade the energy efficiency performance of their building services installations.
Subsidies will be provided on a matching basis. For applications involving a single building, the funding caps will be $150,000 and $500,000 per building for energy-cum-carbon audits and energy efficiency projects respectively. For applications involving more than one building, a limit of 50% of the approved total actual expenditure spent will be provided without a maximum cap.
Professor Lung said that as buildings accounted for almost 90% of the electricity consumption in Hong Kong, improving their energy efficiency would be instrumental in bringing down GHG emissions.
The Government announced in last year’s Policy Address the plan to set up the funding schemes, as a major initiative for building a low carbon economy.
Building owners interested in the funding schemes can obtain more information from www.building-energy-funds.gov.hk.
The Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) decides to extend its funding support to some privately-run educational institutes
The Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) decides to extend its funding support to some privately-run educational institutes including private kindergarten / schools, English School Foundation (ESF) and international schools, as far as the objectives and scope of their projects meet the funding criteria. This is to encourage more schools to submit more creative projects in good quality.
Besides, applicants of all minor works projects is required to include a monitoring period after the installation phase of the project. This is for performance assessment of the new works. Interested applicant may refer to the Guide to Application for details of the monitoring period.