This Indoor sports center was planned and designed to complement the existing HKUST campus health and wellbeing sports facilities, and located near the existing facilities. Using an existing building as its foundation avoided new foundation works and the associated negative environmental impacts.
Looking forward, the cost of energy was a key priority, therefore energy efficiency was optimised from day one. Starting with the building envelope, it has been designed with an ultra-low window to wall ratio (WWR) approx. 11%, low-e double glazing, exterior window shade, and the roof was finished with reflective white materials exceeding SRI 78, these key features lower the life time energy operating costs.
Overall, this project achieved a total score of 80 points, demonstrating our sustainability goals were achieved.
The maximum score for Innovation & Additions was achieved, including:
1) 100% of the roof area was finished with reflective white materials exceeding SRI 78 and reducing the heat island effect;
2) 100% of the timber and timber products used in this building was sourced from sustainable forestry exceeding MA6 criteria
3) Twin potable and twin flushing water tanks permit maintenance without service interruption;
4) Building Reuse choosing to use an existing building for its foundation avoided negative impacts associated with demolition and driving new foundations;
5) Excellent Class IAQ certificate issued by EPD’s IAQ scheme was achieved demonstrating the IAQ was suitable for healthy activities;
HKUST has adopted sustainability as a key factor, and the green features employed in this project demonstrates the universities commitment to achieve that goal. The consultant team first optimised the building envelope, that lowered the engineering first cost, and the future energy costs for the life span of the building, at the same time providing stunning sea view over Port Shelter. The smart element in this project was the planning of the building envelope it will lower the total energy costs. The project exceeded BEAM Plus criteria in several aspects, we also opted for futureproofing by providing concrete plinths on the flat roof, ready for the installation of Photovoltaic panels in the future.