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Environment

Promoting Green Buildings

While acknowledging that redevelopment and construction works would inevitably pose impacts on the environment, the URA has put in effort in its planning objectives to create low-carbon neighbourhoods and green buildings, thereby improving energy efficiency, reducing water consumption and waste generation as well as providing more green areas for the local community. With the combined efforts of both the URA and our joint-venture partners, the URA has aggregated a  total of 14 projects with Hong Kong BEAM Platinum rating plus one project with BEAM Plus Platinum rating and seven projects with BEAM Plus Gold rating (For details, please click Accredited Projects).

To improve green elements of existing buildings through rehabilitaiton, the URA introduced the Green Item Subsidy (GIS) under the “Common Area Repair Works Subsidy” scheme to encourage property owners to use environmentally-friendly building materials and install energy-saving facilities when carrying out building maintenance and repair works. Up to 30 June 2020, the URA had approved GIS applications from the owners of about 320 building blocks (approximately 15,600 units) amounting to a total subsidy of around $18 million.  

 

Citywalk Vision City

Envisioning a Smart City

The URA presses on to incorporate “Smart Building’ concepts into our development projects to create quality and vibrant living and advocate the development of “Smart City” in Hong Kong. Smart features like home energy and water consumption systems, home health and wellness systems, smart display, home waste management systems, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and building management systems have been adopted in in various URA projects.  eResidence, the first URA project to incorporate these smart features was completed in 2019/20.

To expand the impact of our smart initiatives from the buildings level to a district level, a study in on the smart use of underground space and smart provisions of city infrastructural facilities in the Kowloon City Area was commenced in 2019/20 with target to be completed in early 2021.

In 2019/20, the URA continued its development of an Urban Renewal Information System (“URIS”), a map-based integrated and shared platform for more effective and efficient information management and sharing within the URA. The BIM-Geographic Information System integration tools and environmental assessment tools, was developed under the URIS to facilitate project planning and design. Applications facilitating URA’s operations in urban renewal are also under development. In addition, the URIS is expected to augment the development of common spatial data infrastructure by the Government and enhance data sharing with Government departments. It is envisioned that URIS would ultimately become a smart governance tool to facilitate urban renewal planning and implementation. The system is expected to be completed in 2021/22.

The URA has also continued to forge BIM in its business operations, not only to build smarter buildings with smarter management but also to reduce carbon footprints through efficient project management, thereby achieving sustainable construction. The BIM-Facility Management (“FM”) system for 618 Shanghai Street was completed in Q4 2019 to enhance the efficiency of property management of the project. This BIM-FM platform will be further applied to the commercial portion of eResidence and the Central Market, and possibly other future projects to be retained by the URA.

The application of BIM in the 618 Shanghai Street project has won a number of accolades, including the US AEC Excellence Awards 2019 and the Hong Kong BIM Award 2019 by Autodesk for its comprehensive application of BIM across the project’s entire building lifecycle and development of a sustainable BIM-FM platform. The Central Market was also awarded the Hong Kong BIM Award 2019 by Autodesk for its application of BIM. The URA has received the Autodesk Hong Kong BIM Awards for three consecutive years.

 

Smart display

 

 

URIS screen capture

 

 

BIM

Applying Green Innovative Technology

The URA has always been keen to explore the applicability of green innovative technology in its projects. For example, a biofilter system was installed at H6 CONET as a green wall to improve the indoor air quality so that visitors in H6 CONET can enjoy clean and fresh indoor air. Meanwhile, an energy flooring, a versatile custom-built flooring system generating electricity via walk-through electro-magnetic induction of pedestrians, was another pilot green initiative installed at the Tung Man Street entrance of H6 CONET. The renewable energy can be used in real-time lighting displays for interactive engagement and educational purpose.

In addition, the URA will use Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) method, which is sustainable and environment-friendly, for the construction of Project DL-11 at Ash Street. Under MiC, free-standing integrated modules are manufactured in a prefabrication factory and then transported to the site for installation into a building, hence reducing dust and noise pollution from construction sites, minimising construction waste and improving construction waste management. It is anticipated that this URA’s first MiC project for private residential development would set an example for private developers to follow suit.  

 

H6 biofiltration wall

 

Greening Our Operation

We are conscious of the implications on the environment as a result of our own operations and managed properties. As a recognition of our efforts to maintain green operation, the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) awarded the Carbon Reduction Certificate to URA’s headquarters premises in 2018, which is valid until 2021. Furthermore, under the ECC’s schemes in 2019, the URA has again obtained the Hong Kong Green Organisation Certification (HKGOC) for waste reduction and recycling as well as the HKGOC’s Wastewi$e Certification at the “Excellence Level”. During the same period, the Environmental Protection Department again accredited the URA’s offices with the Indoor Air Quality Certificates.

To support environmental protection and enhance efficiency in data reporting, the URA has been adopting the e-Freezing Survey using tablet computers in its redevelopment project since 2017. URA is currently developing an electronic document management system to reduce the filing of hard copies of documents to save paper usage as another initiative to promote green operation.

 

 

e-Freezing Survey

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