BEC 2018 active 2019

BEC 2018 version

The latest version of the EMSD Building Energy Code (BEC) 2018 became effective in May 2019 for construction submissions.

For a comparison between the BEC 2015 and 2018 versions check out this article

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energylab energy conservation consultant, energy consultant, Hong Kong

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 in Hong Kong.

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credit: Hong Kong Observatory website 2 June 2016

Today, the Hong Kong Observatory has issued the hot weather warning, the air temperature is over 30 deg C across Hong Kong. And commentators are predicting that 2016 will be hotter than 2015, in that event, your 2016 energy bills will be higher too.

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credit: Hong Kong Observatory website 2 June 2016

When is the best time of year to conduct an energy audit?

In Hong Kong, it is summer, and June is the peak month (refer chart above) because the building and engineering equipment will be stressed, coping with the summer heat and humidity, which cant be witnessed during the winter months.

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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 does that impact the construction process?

The Owner must engage a EMSD Registered Energy Assessor (REA) to complete and issue EMSD Form EE1 also known as Stage 1 Certificate of Compliance Registration (COCR), and also EMSD form EE2 known as Stage 2 COCR.

When does CoCR need to be issued?

Stage 1 COCR must be submitted within two months after obtaining BD consent. For Stage 2 COCR, that must be submitted within four months after obtaining BD Occupation permit.

further details are provided on the EMSD website.


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 63% of the cities carbon load. But bear in mind that Hong Kong is a high density city, with little industry left, it is almost entirely a service economy, but in terms of emissions although Hong Kong is a well developed economy, it is counted as part of China.

So in principle idea, limiting atmospheric temperature rise to less than 2 Deg C, is a moot point really, since we half way already, the first 1 Deg C rise has already occurred. But the focus on buildings is timely, not only for Hong Kong, but across Asia, where energy efficiency building operations is low priority for most.

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I have yet to see any silver bullet solution, or even close, what is required is dedicated hard work, simultaneously on several fronts, to lower emissions, and then keep them low. Look at this year, 2015 has been the hottest year on record so far, all other factors being equal, your air conditioning energy consumption and bills will be highest on record too.

You have already have a full plate, right? You staff to manage, administrative work to handle, shareholders to satisfy,  profit targets to achieve, and competitors taking your market share, etc. but can you really afford to leave money on the table? Your competitors energy savings has give them extra cash, maybe it funded a killer marketing campaign. You may not know it but you need expert help starting right now!

If you know buildings as well as we do, then you know there are countless opportunities to manage and reduce your energy consumption. It cant be once a year, or once every ten year effort, you need to continuous manage energy, the same as other aspects of your business and one of the easiest ways to manage these buildings is by installing the quietest portable generators.