The Kowloon East Development Office is established under the Development Bureau to oversee a new policy initiative called "Energizing Kowloon East" announced by the Chief Executive in the 2011-12 Policy Address to facilitate the transformation of Kowloon East into an attractive alternative Central Business District and to support Hong Kong’s long term economic development.
With a view to promote the new sustainable design concept, we were commissioned to provide sustainable design consultancy services for the new temporary office by applying the new concept as a pioneer project. To foster the notion of low carbon footprint through practical and innovative sustainable measures, we adopted a series of integrated building innovations and green features, including modular construction approach, use of recycled and reusable construction material, passive design and enhanced building energy efficiency.
Designed with many sustainable features, this project became the first government building to achieve BEAM Plus Final Platinum rating (New Buildings). It has made a new move towards sustainable development in Hong Kong's construction industry. It also demonstrates how to apply this new concept for future temporary buildings including construction site offices.
1st low carbon temporary office achieving BEAM Plus Provisional Platinum
100%of materials used were sourced regionally, within an 800km radius from the site.
AwradHong Kong Green building Award 2014
Sustainable design strategies
Passive designs that help reduce EKEO's energy footprint while creating a pleasant and comfortable environment. The Kwun Tong Bypass shades the building, significantly reducing solar heat gain and perforated external walls with cross-ventilating windows facilitate breezes to flow through the whole office space.
Energy efficient installations like variable refrigerant volume air conditioners and T5 fluorescent tubes with daylight and motion sensors save significant energy consumption.
Local sourced material
Modular construction using recycled containers and mild steel framing structures fixed by nuts and bolts for flexibility in layout changes. These materials are easily dismantled and reused elsewhere at the end of the building’s life, minimising construction waste.
Ultra low embodied energy through the use of environmentally-friendly construction materials such as recycled containers, paving blocks made from recycled materials (recycled concrete and glass and fly ash) and recyclable structural steel members.
Water conservation measures such as low-flow taps and rainwater harvesting for irrigation.
Improved indoor air quality (IAQ) through optimising building permeability to facilitate natural cross-ventilation and use of enhanced mechanical ventilation system, resulting in an IAQ that meets the IAQ Certification Scheme Good Class.