Smart Green Building Guideline


Key practical smart green strategies


2020 RICS Awards – Research Team of Year

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The challenge

Hong Kong is famous because it has a lot of buildings — both new and existing — and there’s a huge opportunity to make those buildings work more efficiently for local communities, and for the environment. That’s why the Hong Kong Green Building Council appointed Arcadis to develop a Hong Kong Smart Green Building Best Practice Guidebook, with a set of practical guidelines and strategies for smart green building development that optimizes the performance of Hong Kong’s buildings.

The solution

Adapting the change is not just about identifying the right smart technology, or making sure the solution has a material benefit to end-user, it needs to be successfully implemented across planning, costing, design, procurement, construction, project management, handover and operation. For Arcadis, what makes this project so unique is that the Guidebook we produced will be the first of its kind in the region to redefine the balance between green and smart. To make this happen, we are undertaking comprehensive research, benchmarking analysis and maintaining stakeholder engagement. All of this will produce over 30 key practical smart green strategy recommendations. This is the key to accelerating Hong Kong’s building industry and achieving its vision of smart and sustainable development.

The impact

The Guidebook identifies innovative smart green technologies throughout the entire building lifecycle in the area. It can improve reliability and performance, reduce carbon footprint and automate processes, all with the use of sensors, actuators and microchips. And with technology like machine learning, supported by real-time data, the optimization of a building’s performance can be achieved through data-driven insights, ensuring a building adapts to the needs of the end-user. The installation of technology in existing buildings needs to consider the associated disruption it could bring to the asset, tenants and workforce. Upgrading and installing new technology into existing infrastructure and operational processes will require major integration works, involving IT professionals working with building controls they may not be familiar with. This level of disruption can also bring with it resistance to change, so it’s not just about simply adopting software, there is a need to manage its engagement with the end-user, the current process and existing culture.

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