BeeXergy Consulting Limited - A Natural and Harmonized Workshop
The motto “Work for a greener life, a better world for all” is the philosophy of BeeXergy’s daily operation. The green office is the outcome of the company’s experience in green design and operation, and also our commitment to providing a comfortable, healthy and efficient working environment for staff. It is the first commercial office in Hong Kong which has achieved the highest level of recognition “Platinum Award" under the BEAM Plus Interiors Certification.
It was a valued practice among our own staffs to design and build this office - “A Natural and Harmonized Workshop”. A number of sustainability features were designed, developed and installed by our own specialists and researchers in a short renovation period of 4 calendar weeks. High energy efficient technologies such as daylight and occupancy sensors, IAQ sensors, dimmable LED and hydronic‐balancing valves were installed for the lighting and AC systems to optimize their energy performance. On the other hand, an all‐in‐one control platform was developed to control the building services installations within the office. The control platform is accessible through mobile devices which allow each staff to control their local comfort environment. An integrated energy monitoring and management platform has also been developed to monitor the energy consumption of each BS system. This platform serves as the basis of our accredited ISO 50001 management.
Greenery is also highly deployed in the office which benefits both the visual comfort and the IAQ of the office. Plant (herbs) nursery and gardening in pantry facilitate education of urban farming and a relaxing nature environment. Amenity features such as bar table, TV set and dart board are also provided to generate pleasant and balanced working environment for our staffs.
We build our own office to visualize our mission of harmonizing the energy use for sustainability and the impacts to environment, and our notion of "Motivate a New Culture of Sustainability Quality".
We appreciate the enthusiasm and devotion of every staff in managing and operating our office towards a carbon neutral work space –“A Natural and Harmonized Workshop”.
Few months prior to the commencement of renovation project, internal workshops were organized to identify the reasonable goal, practical needs, possible design features and feasible objectives and targets. In-house taskforce groups were formed to deal with different aspects of the project, including energy, materials, water use, indoor planting and project coordination. Detail action list with responsible person was consolidated. The aim of this project was to practice our knowledge and experiences in building a ‘real’ green office within a reasonable budget compared with typical a small commercial office. In this connection, we developed our own energy metering/monitoring & management platform, configured our comfort control system, sourced available reused/up-cycled/rapidly-renewable materials, organized effective waste handling, and built own wooden cabinets with minimal waste production.
A holistic approach or integrated design process was adopted to build our sustainable office in considering the life cycle of the office so as to allow flexibility of reducing carbon foot-print in future operation. BXG has incorporated the requirements of construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance and re-commissioning covering the whole life span of the office, into our holistic design.
BXG realizes the vital participation in conserving our Earth’s resources. Through having more recycling and reusing of resources and materials, the amount of waste could be significantly reduced. This does not only reduce the impacts to the environment, but also lowers the cost of renovation. The following shows the result of BXG’s effort in different aspect to achieve the goal of minimal resource use and waste generation during construction and operation.
Installation of different energy-efficient equipment and monitoring devices maximizes the overall energy efficiency of the new office. Electrical circuit was segregated in order to enable independent control of various zones. Together with our self-developed control panel, they enable occupants to flexibly control various BS systems. For example, occupants could adjust the light intensity according to their preference and control the flow of chilled water to specific zone. Other than manual control, an automated control system was established as a convenient means to reach desired setting as well.
Human resource is always the most valuable asset to BXG. A favorable indoor environment helps improve working efficiency of occupants.
A harmonized working environment not only benefits the well-being of our staff, but also increases the company’s competitiveness in the future.
Biophilia interior design:
Employees would feel like working in the nature with following key features -
Indoor air quality:
Proper management strategy is a crucial element to operate a company successfully. As a prominent environmental consulting leader, sustainable management is appreciated. BXG has offered various internal and external environmental training programmes to staff in order to raise their awareness on sustainability and gain experience from external enrichment activities. For example, the company encourages staff to participate in those training sessions offered by local environmental organizations, such as Green Building Council, BEAM Society and Environmental Campaign Committee. Within the new office, reminder labels on energy saving practices have been posted on the notice boards to promote energy conservation. Recycling bins are also provided to encourage recycling of useful materials like paper, plastic bottles, metal cans, glass and re-chargeable batteries. Green cleaning manual was tailor-made to guide employees to adopt sustainable practices in waste treatment and procurement of cleaning products. Apart from environmental awareness enhanced, BXG cares for the health of occupants. Safety Board with distinctive safety notices and guidelines is established to prevent colleagues from injuries and illness, and promote occupational health and safety at workplace.
As an energetic and young company, the BXG office adopts new innovations and technologies in real-life practices. Real-time energy monitoring is implemented. Power meters are installed to provide real time reading of 3 circuits that used for plug load, lighting and air conditioning respectively. Moreover, the self-developed Energy Management System Enermon provides comprehensive data information for the office energy consumption and helps BXG make financial savings. More innovations and pragmatic practices are listed below.
In the past years, BXG had received several prestigious awards for its excellent achievements in providing environmental management services.
BXG has also been actively participating in different local environmental campaigns, including Earth Hour 2014, Green Monday and Green Partner of the Carbon Reduction Charter. In the future, we will continue our mission on harmonizing energy use for sustainability and the impacts to environment, and strive for excellence in various aspects. BXG will put effort in upgrading the office to achieve the LEED Commercial Interior Version 4 (latest standard) with a target rating of Gold as far as possible in the coming early 2016.
BXG, as a leading sustainability consulting company in Hong Kong, is enthusiastic to set a good example in the industry and motivate sustainability as a universal culture in Hong Kong.
What are the motivations to go “green”?
What are the major strategies to earn the credits and achieve the BEAM Plus rating?
Apart from the BEAM Plus rating, what do you consider the key project success? What are the expectations for the future users of the building?
It is our expectations that all occupants (including the interns and part-time) could practice sustainable lifestyles from office – an immediate surrounding they spend most of the day (being conscious). The ultimate goal is that they will bring these habits to their domestic life and influence their family and friends.
|Internal Floor Area (IFA) (sqm)||97|
|Project Developer / Owner||BeeXergy Consulting Limited|
|Project Manager||BeeXergy Consulting Limited|
|Interior Designer||BeeXergy Consulting Limited|
|M&E Engineer||BeeXergy Consulting Limited|
|Main Contractor||Houng Kwong Engineering Co. Limited & BeeXergy Consulting Limited|
|Quantity Surveyor||BeeXergy Consulting Limited|
|Sustainable Design Consultant||BeeXergy Consulting Limited|
|Environmental Consultant||BeeXergy Consulting Limited|
|Acoustic Consultant||BeeXergy Consulting Limited|