Government Energy Audit EMSD

by John A. Herbert, REA

The Hong Kong Government enacted the BEEO in order to regulate the energy efficiency of key building services installations inside prescribed buildings, building owners are required to hire Registered Energy Assessor to undertake energy audits, and John A. Herbert is our in-house EMSD Registered Energy Assessor (REA).

john herbert EMSD Registered Energy Assessor

PHOTO ABOVE: John A. Herbert, REA

The Energy Audit shall be conducted at least once every ten years, in accordance with the prevailing version of the Energy Audit Code (EAC).  The latest EMSD forms provided by EMSD, once completed and signed by the REA they are then submitted to EMSD.

the energy audit shall cover the major engineering systems in the building including, Air- conditioning, Lighting installation, electrcial Installation


PHOTO ABOVE: EMSD Poster to advertise BEEO operation

The deadline for compliance with the BEEO ordinance depends on the Occupancy Permit date of your building, as follows:

OP date on or after 1 January 1988 — deadline is 20 Sept.2013
OP date after 31 December 1977 but before 1 January 1988 — deadline is 20 Sept. 2014
OP date after 31 December 1969 but before 1 January 1978 — deadline is 20 Sept. 2015
OP date on or before 31 December 1969 — deadline is 20 Sept. 2016

There is no requirement under the ordnance for EMSD to issue reminder notices, owners should comply with the prevailing ordnance.

Fit-out Projects

There is approx. 40 million sqft of non-domestic office type accommodation in Hong Kong, with the frequent turnover, and renovation of leased spaces. Under the same ordinance, A&A work, fit-out or renovation projects with a floor area larger than 500 sqm. ( combination of works greater than 500 sqm, shall comply with the requirements of the Cap 610 BEEO ordinance.


In this case the owner is required to engage the REA to complete and sign the compliance forms, and submit to EMSD not later than 60 days after completion. In this context completion does not mean the same as occupancy, essentially it means ready for normal occupation. For example, if the project is complete 1 May, but the space occupied at some later day, the EMSD compliance documentation shall be submitted no later than 60 days after 1 May irrespective of the actual occupancy date.

The purpose of this requirement is to ensure the content of the A&A works, fit-out and renovation is also energy efficient and in line with the requirement for new buildings.

updated 26 Feb 2014 – The EMSD requirements for the design of Lighting Installations have been amended, call your REA for more information.

For the latest advice always refer to the latest documents published on EMSD’s website.

Our REA Mr John A. Herbert has conducted EMSD energy audits for commercial office buildings, sports centres, shopping centres and mixed-use buildings in Hong Kong – Contact us today!

About John Herbert, REA

John has with more than 30 years of engineering experience gained across three continents and he is Registered Energy Assessor REA.
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