Hong Kong is known for its density as well as high housing price. Lately, there have been debates and studies around the best practice of optimizing the performance of the buildings that have already existed for years, or are newly built, both economically and environmentally. With this background, Hong Kong Green Building Council appointed Arcadis to study and develop a playbook that introduces a set of practical guidelines and strategies on smart green buildings that will shape the future of Hong Kong’s developments.
The Guidebook identified innovative smart green technologies throughout the entire building lifecycle, which can improve buildings’ reliability and performance, as well as reduce carbon footprint and automate processes 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 an existing infrastructure and operational process 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.
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.