Author Archives: John A. Herbert, REA, energy consultant, BEAM Pro

About John A. Herbert, REA, energy consultant, BEAM Pro

John is director of energyLAB energy consultants firm, he has with more than 30 years engineering experience gained across three continents. He is Registered Energy Assessor, a member of HKAEE. Read his blog at http://www.johnherbert.hk

energy costs

2015 was the hottest year on record so far, so without reading your bill we know the result, your energy bills were higher than before if you used air conditioning, because air conditioning is the largest portion of energy usage … Continue reading

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Kung Hei Fat Choi or Happy Chinese Lunar New year

We wish all our customers, friends, and colleagues a happy and healthy Chinese Lunar new year or simply Kung Hei Fat Choi

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Building Approval Process CoCR

by John A. Herbert How to comply with BEEO ordinance for new construction? To build in Hong Kong you will need to follow the traditional BD submission format, and also fulfil the mandatory requirements detail in the Building Energy Code.  How … Continue reading

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energy audit: inefficiency

by John A. Herbert Part of the energy audit process should be to review the condition of the plant, and equipment, generally if problems are discovered these can be categorised as deferred maintenance. Here an example, an 800 mm axial fan, … Continue reading

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COP21 means 2 degC or bust?

COP21 commences today, with leaders from 200 counties meeting in Paris, and buildings, for the first time, will be in focus, a milestone indeed. Its important for Hong Kong where buildings consume 90% of the electricity generated, equating to about … Continue reading

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Capturing lost electricity capacity in your factory or manufacturing facility

Successful manufacturing business’s often outgrow the installed electrical power capacity in large facilities, those transformers that seemed ‘plenty big’ at the design stage are now fully loaded, and you face extra costs, production disruption to expand your operations. Help is … Continue reading

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Eco Expo Asia 2015

energyLAB’s director Mr John A. Herbert attended Hong Kong’s premium environmental fair, Eco Expo Asia 2015 Oct. 2015, here are some photos from the event: #hongkong #energylab #energyefficiency

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Energy Matters Seminar – 2 Nov. 2015

HAESCO, a Hong Kong Not For Profit Trade association (www.haesco.org) is organising an energy seminar on 2 Nov. 2015 – to register here is the  LINK    

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Hong Kong’s hottest June for more than a century

You thought June was hot, and RTHK reports the HKO’s confirmation that is was the hottest June since records began  – expect your air conditioning bill to soar. 03-07-2015 – Hong Kong’s hottest June for more than a century Records from … Continue reading

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BEC Chairman Mr John Chai presents carbon certificate to John A. Herbert at enviroseries conference on 18 May 2015

Left to right: BEC Chairman Mr John Chai and John A. Herbert carbon certificate presentation enviroseries conference on 18 May 2015.

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Blueprint for Hong Kong Energy Consumption

Hong Kong has launched its first, energy conservation strategy (LINK)  primarily containing  lists of Government achievements (earlier hint). But wait, it is more than the usual self congratulatory tome, note it has highlighted the specific occasions when energy policy can be … Continue reading

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5% Energy Reduction by 2020 HKSAR Policy Address

The Hong Kong Government hinted at the end of 2014 about energy savings, in today’s policy address (14 Jan 2015) a five percent (5%) energy reduction for government buildings, over the next five years (2020) was promised. It is a … Continue reading

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Govt. plans for new energy conservation measures to be published next year

The SCMP reports that the HKSAR govt. will shortly release the plan to reduce energy consumption for commercial and residential buildings, citing information gained from the BEEO requiring building owners to engage an REA to conduct an energy audit every … Continue reading

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Entrance Lobby Temperatures

by John A. Herbert As the hot summer pounds on our cities, increasing temperatures drive up Air Conditioning energy consumption and costs, but we can use the power of human physiology to help lower building energy costs. People entering an … Continue reading

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What is the condition of your AHU?

by John A. Herbert The above pictured AHU cooling coil was ‘maintained’ by the term Air conditioning contractor. However, during our energy audit we inspected the AHU, dropped the air filters and found that the cooling coil was plugged, approx. … Continue reading

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Hong Kong’s Profitable Energy Audit

by John A. Herbert, REA The Hong Kong Government mandates that commercial buildings owners shall engage a Registered Energy Assessor (REA) to conduct an energy audit and display the resulting EUI every ten years. Whilst many organisations are scrambling to … Continue reading

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Anatomy of the Energy Audit

by John A. Herbert An energy audit is much like an annual financial review but instead of profit and loss, the data and information is based on historical energy usage, the energy audit deliverable is the energyLAB energy audit report, … Continue reading

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Lighting levels Lux

by John A. Herbert Lighting provides good opportunities to lower costs without impacting the building operation. The BEC 2012 provide guidance for the lighting power density for new build, and most existing buildings exceed this guidance. We find external lights … Continue reading

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Beyond Energy

by John A. Herbert Infra-red thermography provides the opportunity to explore beyond a visual inspection, it supports preventive maintenance and energy efficiency. However it only one tool of many tools energy auditors need to be able to conduct a useful … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Electricity cost set to Rise in 2013

The cost of electricity in Kowloon served by CLP will increase by 5.9% and Hong Kong Island served by HKE by 2.3% in 2013 it’s reported in the SCMP (see above). However, the full details are not revealed as yet. … Continue reading

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your air conditioning system handling the heat?

It’s the summer, and it’s hot, and humid, over the last few days it have been around 32 Deg C. And air conditioning systems across the region will be working overtime to keep your building cool. In Hong Kong and … Continue reading

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Inevitable Energy Cost Increase?

The price of Hong Kong’s energy set to rise again, the unlinkable SCMP reported (9 May 2012) from the China Light and Power shareholders meeting held on 8 May 2012. Of course, the HKSAR’s 2015  reduced emissions target will demand generators to burn cleaner … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Tariff hike

2012 will bring another tariff hike for electricity customers in Hong Kong,  CLP and HKE governed under the  Scheme of Control  agreement with the HKSAR Government, CLP and Hongkong Electric propose 9.2 percent and 6.3 percent tariff increases respectively last week. … Continue reading

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Is this what your AHU looks like?

The AHU pictured above is failing to deliver adequate service, We found the entire surface of the unit and frame is covered in condensate, forget about the mess, it is expensive wasting energy 18 hours per day instead of cooling … Continue reading

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Carbon Tax Downunder

The Australian News is flooded with the senates decision to apply a tax on Carbon, pundits rail for and against, but accountable carbon is leading the way for consumers to pay the true cost of using limited resources.  A $23-a-tonne … Continue reading

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Will Hong Kong finally ban Incandescent Light Bulbs?

This is your chance to add your voice to the ban the bulb debate!  The estimated annual electricity consumption for non-reflector type Incandescent Light Bulbs (ILB) meaning GLS lamps, candle shape, fancy round and other decorative lamps, and tungsten halogen … Continue reading

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Autopay Utility Bills – just say NO!

Taking time out to sit down to pay your water or electric bill may at first seem like an onerous chore, even the utility companies and others encourage automatic payment through pay or direct debt payment of your bills to … Continue reading

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Lighting Upgrades

Improving the energy efficiency of lighting systems is a no brainer, the obvious gain is lower the lighting energy consumption. But in air conditioned areas the second benefit results from the lower heat output, because means reduced bills for the … Continue reading

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Lighting conservation

I stumbled upon a useful resource for all facility operators about lighting (http://www.vesma.com) and sent the author a note with a few suggestions who graciously add my suggestions  ideas, here is the link: http://www.vesma.com/enmanreg/lighting/john_herbert_note.htm

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Energy Management System training course #2

EnergyLAB’s director, Mr John A. Herbert has nearly thirty years experience in the industry, and will conduct the following training course: An Energy Management Systems (EnMS),  covering both ISO 50001 and BS EN 16001 will  be held on 14 April 2011,  … Continue reading

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Energy Management System Training Course

An Energy Management Systems (EnMS) training course, covering both ISO 50001 and BS 16001 will  be held on 21st February 2011, here in Hong Kong.  For registration and further information directly contact the organiser: LNS Limited, Mrs Wong on Tel:  +852  2482 … Continue reading

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Higher power cost for 2011

Looking back over the last year, the increasing interest in building energy efficiency was notable, if not somewhat misdirected. However,  the wider publicity and awareness of the issues will we hope drive consumers in the future to seek expert advice. … Continue reading

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building operations

27 Nov 2010 –  Saturday was a beautiful, crisp, sunny day,  I attended the Cityspeak forum at the Fringe Club on Lower Albert road. Afterwards, I couldn’t help notice that the adjacent building had external lighting fittings (photographed above)  still … Continue reading

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CISMEF 2010

energyLAB participated in the China International Environmental and Energy Efficiency event held as part of CISMEF 2010 Guangzhou, China in Sept. 2010. Our booth was located in Guangzhou Exhibition center Hall 4.2 with HAESCO and another HAESCO member Euro-tech. Unlike … Continue reading

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designed for full speed

Vary Your speed HVAC equipment and industrial machinery are designed to operate at the peak capacity, to handle the worst case scenario.  However, during normal operation periods of partial load occur when the load is less than the design load. … Continue reading

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clean labels and motors

Buy the most efficient motor available, and keep it clean. Electric motors account for nearly sixty percent (60%) of the global electricity consumption!  Comparing the total life operating cost with the first cost is instructive. Typically the CapEx (capital cost) … Continue reading

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emergency lighting

Replacing traditional emergency lighting fittings pictured above, with the LED type immediately provides energy savings, and lowers carbon emission. Additionally, the longer lifespan of an LED fitting also results in reduced labour costs. — John Herbert, energyLAB , consultant

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percentages beware: we do math

Recently I was talking to a colleague about the pervasive use of the “percentage”.  You will have seen the advertising offering up to 30% energy savings ,  and no doubt you will have seen NGO’s giving awards for 25% percent … Continue reading

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2010 China International Energy Efficiency Event

Guangzhou – energyLAB – energy consultants will attend the 2010 China International Energy Efficiency event to be held in Guangzhou, China.  The EE event will take place over three days, with international companies participating. Date:  15-18 September 2010 Location: Guangzhou … Continue reading

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carbon consciousness

From our earliest days our parents drilled us about the roads, and road safety. Everyday, every opportunity it was hammered home — look left, look right, then look left again was one of the many rules of life pushed upon … Continue reading

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HAESCO event

Mr John A. Herbert, director of energyLAB Limited, was pleased to announce that energyLAB will be one of the title sponsors for the HAESCO annual reception in May 2010.  He said “we must try and support this fledgling  industry”.  energyLAB … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Association of Energy Services Companies (HAESCO)

EnergyLAB limited is pleased to announce and report that our director Mr John A. Herbert was elected as director Hong Kong Association of Energy Services Companies (HAESCO) on 31 March 2010, and thereafter appointed to the position of vice-chairman of … Continue reading

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Energy Efficiency Has Moved to the Top of the Energy Agenda?

Even the World Economic Forum[1] finally understands the benefits from improved EE (Energy Efficiency)…..read the report (pdf format). The report covers the usual issues, so if you are looking for new content you would be disappointed. Although several industry leaders … Continue reading

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Carbon Audit Hong Kong Standard updated

by John A. Herbert The Carbon Audit standard for Hong Kong has been updated,  do make sure that your consultant is using the right standard for the Hong Kong carbon audits! On the whole, the updated carbon audit standard is … Continue reading

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Energy Experts Seminar (4 Dec 2009)

energyLAB Ltd. is pleased to report that last week on 4th December 2009 during the IDT expo held at the Wan Chai exhibition centre in Hong Kong our Director John Herbert give his energy audit speech at the energy seminar.

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energyLAB @ IDT conference, 3-5th Dec 2009, Hong Kong

Meet energyLAB next week at the Hong Kong Innovation Design Technology (IDT) conference and exhibition – drop by to see us booth  1B 09.

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energyLAB at ecoasiaexpo 2009

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what is your carbon footprint?

During EcoAsiaExpo energyLAB conducted a survey, not of the visitors as you might expect, but other exhibitors in hall 5. Frankly, I was expecting mediocre outcome, but the result was more shocking. The survey was simple, one easy question – What … Continue reading

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EcoAsiaExpo booth 5C13

Carbon management and energy consultants energyLAB limited  (http://www.energylab.hk) will be represented at the EcoAsiaExpo 2009.  Come visit us at booth 5C13 – we are part of the Hong Kong pavilion.

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False Economy

At some point in time you might be advised (not by energyLAB) to lower your water distribution and storage temperature for domestic hot water service – DO NOT lower the water temperature below 60 DegC – whatever promises and assurances … Continue reading

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US fears loss of green energy efficiency technology

A report in today’s Standard highlights one of the stumbling blocks to energy efficiency progress.  Overseas companies often cite the fear that bringing products into China risks loss of their IP rights because it could be reverse engineered, copied, and … Continue reading

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Cutting Hong Kong Carbon

Last Thursday (14 May 2009)  John Herbert attended the Climate Change Business Forum (CCBF) launch ceremony for the new Carbon guide entitled “Capitalising On Business Opportunity” download your copy here http://www.climatechangebusinessforum.com,  strangely is actually host by another firm here is … Continue reading

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Wall street venturing into efficiency

As the New Work Times reports US Venture Capitalists are now starting to moving on the energy efficiency sector. Perhaps it has finally sunken into the conciousness that an 80% IRR on energy efficiency projects are regularly achieved. However, the … Continue reading

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30 energy saving tips for air conditioning systems

Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems in Hong Kong burn through twenty-nine percent (29%) of all the electricity generated in Hong Kong[1] , and account for the largest proportion of energy consumption[1], and therefore cost in the commercial buildings.  Hong Kong’s soon … Continue reading

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Energy Efficiency India

Do you read many of these ESCO/energy efficiency reports?  If you answered yes, then I guess you could probably list the table of contents without turning a page.  Here is the link to download the report (PDF format) authored by … Continue reading

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Doing Well by Doing Good

An RICS report titled Doing Well by Doing Good? Is an analysis of the financial performance of green office buildings in the USA conducted by Piet Eichholtz and Nils Kok of the University of Maastricht and John Quigley of the … Continue reading

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Green Building Asia 2009

Our director Mr John Herbert will be speaking on the green building expert panel at the Green Building Asia conference.  The panel to be held on afternoon of day two, 9 (Thursday) July 09.  Contact the organisers directly for registration. … Continue reading

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Cooling towers can save your energy costs

Air Conditioning systems in tropical regions for example, Hong Kong, South China, and Singapore burn the lions share of the energy budget, equally there are opportunities to lower the cost of doing business.  Here in Hong Kong, more than 32% … Continue reading

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Energy Efficiency And Air Pollution

Energy Efficiency and Air Pollution Wondering why air pollution and energy efficiency are so closely related? 89% of Hong Kong electricity generated is consumed in buildings, yet as little as 10% of the primary energy is actually provides useful work. … Continue reading

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Energy Saving Air Conditioning

Energy Saving Air Conditioning The Hong Kong Government issued advice to building owners and operators encouraging setting the air conditioning thermostats to 25.5 Deg C. Of course the audience for generic advice was the general public, the broad message air … Continue reading

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John Herbert appointed vice chairman

We are pleased to announce that our Mr John Herbert our CEEO (Chief Energy Efficiency Officer) a founding member and executive director of HAESCO (Hong Kong Association of Energy Services Companies) was elected as vice chairman of HAESCO on 26th March … Continue reading

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Where is your energy accountant?

Having your business undergo an energy audit is a great way to spot where you could save money, and improve the energy efficiency of your business. Like your finance accountant checks assets and liabilities, your energy accountant tracks down your … Continue reading

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energyLAB blog launched

Welcome to the new energyLAB  blog,  energyLAB Limited is an expert energy consultant located and registered in Hong Kong. Our goal is to advise your business how to lower operating costs, and reduce environmental impact.

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