The Housing Society has taken sustainable development and environmental responsibilities seriously throughout the years. As the first housing development organisation in Hong Kong to be awarded the ISO 14001 certificate, the Housing Society has established a comprehensive Environmental Management System to manage its environmental initiatives in a systematic way.
In terms of project development, the Housing Society adopted the Building Environmental Assessment Method (BEAM) in its design and construction to measure, improve and label the environmental performance of the building projects. Projects such as Heya Green and Tanner Hill Project have achieved the provisional rating of Platinum standard of BEAM.
Meanwhile, major rehabilitation is also being undertaken in the old estates to preserve our buildings, conserve resources and minimise wastes and environmental impact while improving the living quality of our residents. In the Quality Building Award 2008, the rehabilitation of Moon Lok Dai Ha was granted the Grand Award — Rehabilitation in the Existing Building Category commending the full-scale rehabilitation without relocating its residents. The project has not only achieved economic effectiveness, but also provided a sustainable and green environment for the residents and the local community.
In property management, all estates and properties managed by the Housing Society have received ISO 14001 certification in 2012. Various green measures have been introduced, such as the use of environmental-friendly materials and energy-saving equipment and devices for managing and controlling lighting, air-conditioning and lifts. Coupled with our efforts in greening, the Housing Society aims to enhance the living quality of the residents and preserve the environment. Among the many certificates and awards received by the estates are the Gold Wastewi$e Logo, Hong Kong Eco-Business Awards and Hong Kong Energy Efficiency Awards.
In collaboration with the Environmental Protection Department and other Green parties, the Housing Society encouraged the residents, through the HSC, to participate in a variety of environmental programmes and activities such as tree planting, source separation of waste and recycling.
The Housing Society also provides a healthy and eco-friendly working environment for its staff. To improve indoor air quality, the air-conditioning systems are cleaned and sanitised on a regular basis. The World Trade Centre Head Office has achieved “Excellent Class” standard under the Indoor Air Quality Certification Scheme of Environmental Protection Department while the offices at Dragon Centre and 1063 King’s Road have obtained “Good Class” certification.