Launching Ceremony of CIC Green Product Certification
The CIC Green Product Certification’s launch ceremony took place on 19 November at the Zero Carbon Park to mark the beginning of the fully integrated certification. The Development Bureau, Environmental Protection Department, Housing Department, Swire Properties, Gammon Construction, Trane Hong Kong and NAMI demonstrated their full support by either giving presentations or participating in the panel discussion. Certificates were awarded to certified companies and certified carbon auditors. Over 160 guests attended this ceremony. The certification’s aim is to facilitate greater adoption of sustainable building / construction products and materials so as to foster a greener built environment in Hong Kong.
Launch of the CIC Green Product Certification
An announcement of the unification of the Carbon Labelling Scheme (CLS), administered by the Construction Industry Council (CIC), and HK G-PASS, managed by the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC)：
The CIC Green Product Certification, the new brand of the unified scheme, will be the leading building and construction products / materials certification scheme serving the Hong Kong construction industry. The scheme is owned by CIC and operated by HKGBC. The overarching objective is to have a comprehensive scheme taking into consideration of a wide spectrum of aspects such as carbon footprint, greenhouse gases emission, energy / water efficiency, recyclability, and minimal use of irritating, harmful and toxic materials throughout the products’ life cycle. This scheme will better enable building and construction practitioners in making informed decision on selection and procurement of products and materials with minimal environmental impact. The ultimate aim is to transform Hong Kong into a greener built environment.
Through the schemes unification and joint force between CIC and HKGBC, we will maximise our resources to lead the CIC Green Product Certification into a new era as the prime products / materials certification standard in the Hong Kong construction industry.
In order to provide a smooth transition, the unified scheme will enter into a transition period lasting from now until end of December 2019. The terms, conditions, assessment standards and incentives of certified products remain as they are so as to provide continual support to committed supporters of the CLS / HK G-PASS . During the transition period, the CLS and HK G-PASS’ logos and certificates can be used concurrently. Starting in 2020, they will be phased out and replaced by the CIC Green Product Certification.
Ir Dr Cary Chan, Executive Director of HKGBC, introduced the HK G-PASS accreditation and spoke of two centrifugal chillers which have been awarded with the highest HK G-PASS rating ie Platinum
Green building materials are important for green building development. It offers standardised criteria to assess the environmental performance of various green building products, with a view to facilitating industry buyers in making smart purchases of green building products. Ir Cary Chan, our Executive Director introduced the HK G-Pass and its accreditation process. He also spoke of two centrifugal chillers which have been awarded with the highest HK G-PASS rating ie Platinum. Both of these are of the Trane® CenTraVac™ series
Successful case study sharing of HK G-PASS Platinum Green Products
Two prominent certified HK G-PASS Platinum green products shared their journeys and experiences in attaining such a renowned standard in green certification. Mr Ricky Tsang, Founder and Managing Director of CaSO (HK) Engineering Company Limited, introduced how desulfurized gypsum could be recycled into AUGREEN block wall system which exceeds customers’ expectations. Ms Frances Pang and Ms Elsa Cheung, Project Development Department of Nippon Paint (HK) Co Ltd, featured paints which are environmental friendly to a high standard and cause minimal environmental impact. This case sharing event was very well received by professionals in the building and construction industry.
Free opportunity to list your certified product on Eco-Product Directory
The product listing service fee HK$2000/year will be waived for products that possess Recognised Certifications and Standards. The product will be listed on the Eco-Product Directory free of charge after review by the HKGBC, provided that the certificate is valid throughout the listing period.
For any enquiries, please contact the HKGBC Secretariat via [email protected] or 3994 8818.
*Applicants are required to provide an updated certificate if the original certificate is expired to maintain the listing service.
*The HKGBC reserves the right to cease, terminate or suspense suspend the product listing service, for any reason including but not limited to invalid certificate or false product information provided, at any time without prior notice and any compensation.
*The HKGBC reserves the right to terminate and/or suspend this promotion offer at any time without prior notice and any compensation.
New Name and Logo for HK G-PASS
With effect from today (14 July 2015), the HKGBC Green Building Product Labelling Scheme has been renamed as the HKGBC Green Product Accreditation and Standards (HK G-PASS).
▴The new logo of HK G-PASS
The application procedures and assessment standards will remain unchanged.
Urban Renewal Authority introduced Green Item Subsidy (GIS)
With effect from 1 July 2015, owners may have the chance to obtain the Green Item Subsidy (GIS) when applying for the Common Area Repair Works Subsidy under the Integrated Building Maintenance Assistance Scheme implemented by Urban Renewal Authority. The maximum amount of GIS is HK$1,500 per property unit subject to a cap of HK$600,000 per Owners’ Corporation. Please click here and learn more about the GIS.
HKGBC launches “Green Building Product Labelling Scheme”
Revolutions in paints and coatings - GECA launched new paint standard
The original GECA 23-2005 Architectural and Protective Coatings standard was replaced by GECA’s Paints and Coatings standard, in which the new only covers water based architectural paints (both interior and exterior), student and artists paints, and other water based coatings.
According to GECA, statistics supported that organic solvents based paint will typically release higher content of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the surrounding environment. Solvent-based paint also contains around 50 per cent more embodied energy than water-based paint.
The European Commission is gathering views on how to reduce the environmental impact of buildings. Buildings use a large amount of resources when they are designed, built, used and demolished, and their impact on the environment, energy consumption and climate change is significant. Improving construction techniques is therefore important to help Europe become a more sustainable economy.
The environmental impact of buildings go beyond energy consumption for heating, cooling and lighting. In the EU, buildings account for:
42 % of final energy consumption (during their use phase)
35 % of greenhouse gas emissions (during use phase)
50 % of all extracted materials are used in building (construction and use)
30 % of water consumption (during construction and use)
30 % of total generated waste (during construction, demolition and renovation)
However, existing EU policy initiatives in the area of environmental performance of buildings, mainly target the energy efficiency. Instead the Authority is looking for policies on resource efficiency at a wider range of resource use and environmental impacts, across the life-cycle of buildings.
Contributors are asked for their views on the main environmental issues for the buildings sector, availability of data, systems to assess and communicate environmental performance of buildings, how to stimulate demand, and how construction materials could be used more efficiently.
According to a survey conducted by the European Commission, people are changing their purchasing habits and buy more environmentally-friendly products, but many feel they lack information and distrust manufacturers' environmental claims. The survey on the "Attitudes of Europeans towards building the single market for green products" indicates that more than three-quarters of respondents were willing to pay more for environmentally-friendly products if they were confident that the products are truly environmentally-friendly (77%). However, only slightly more than half of EU citizens feel informed (55%) about the environmental impacts of the products they buy and use.