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Title: Environmental benchmarking of Hong Kong buildings
Authors: Davies, HA
Keywords: Environment
Hong Kong
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Structural survey, 2001, v. 19, no. 1, p. 38-46 How to cite?
Journal: Structural survey 
Abstract: A method for assessing the environmental performance of Hong Kong’s buildings has been developed, known as the Hong Kong Building Environmental Assessment Method or HK‐BEAM. The assessment is a type of expert‐based survey, either of the design, in the case of proposed buildings, or an evaluation of building performance for newly built or existing buildings. The assessment essentially provides a benchmark of environmental performance against a series of qualitative and quantitative measures that earn “credits”. Buildings can be rated as “excellent”, “very good”, “good” or “fair”. The assessment covers global, local and indoor issues. The original assessment has been in use since 1996 and allowed appraisal of new and existing air‐conditioned offices. A new version has been recently produced for residential buildings. The latest version has addressed some of the criticisms of the earlier versions and covers a wider range of issues, taking a life‐cycle approach. Reviews the latest new residential version, making comparisons with the earlier new offices scheme.
ISSN: 0263-080X
DOI: 10.1108/02630800110384220
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