Hong Kong Science Park Phase 3ab showcases environmentally-friendly features
Hong Kong Science Park Phase 3ab, spanning 6.24 hectares with a total gross area of 105,000 sq.m, consists of three buildings: Building 12W, 15W and 16W, and is a manifestation of smart city development particularly in low-carbon emission, energy efficiency and building sustainability aspects.
Renewable energy generated from photovoltaic (PV) panels are installed into the electricity grid to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Also, all parking spaces provide electric vehicle (EV) chargers, and the rainwater collection system can provide up to 1,100 m3 for irrigation.
Contrary to conventional main entrance lobby design, an open-air lobby at Phase 3 is designed to provide a semi-outdoor space. To further reduce energy consumption, a building management system (BMS) controlled solar tracking operable louvre is installed and can be adjusted at different times within one day. Skylights and LED lighting with sensors are other environmentally-friendly features included in the project.
"Future development of Science Park will not only be sustainable, it will be driven forward towards a smart and healthy campus. For example, the new R&D buildings under Science Park Expansion Stage 1 aims to operate smartly for the benefit of both users and operators to eliminate unnecessary power use,” says Ben Lui, chief project officer of HKSTP.
The project aims at providing a space for startups of the information and communications technology industry, and was granted the Grand Award in the Hong Kong Non-Residential (New Building) category at the Quality Building Award (QBA) 2016.