Green building credits
Our roof gardens bring green-building BEAM credits
An innovative integrated landscape design that GreenRoof Asia have been developing for a Hong Kong institution’s new campus looks set to bring the institution valuable HK-BEAM green building credits.
HK-BEAM defines over 100 best practice environmental criteria on the key aspects of Hong Kong’s buildings. These include: hygiene, health, comfort, and amenity; land use, site impacts and transport; use of materials, recycling, and waste management; water quality, conservation and recycling; and energy use, efficient systems and equipment and energy management.
The GreenRoof Asia design – that stretches across the campus’ four levels – has at its heart a rainwater harvesting system . The system uses roof top solar panels that power pumps to send water – caught in rainwater catchments areas totalling more than 2,000 m2 – around the institution’s campus. The water saved should be enough to irrigate all of the campus’ landscaping and the system is functional, educational and, for Hong Kong, unique.
The institution will collect credit points for both the extent of its landscape coverage – conventional ground floor gardens integrate with green walls and green roofs – as well as for the innovative use of the solar-powered rainwater harvesting system. The GreenRoof Asia design has boosted the institution’s application by four credit points, meaning they will reach Platinum BEAM status. It is something that GreenRoof Asia is very proud about.