On 6 December, the West Kowloon Cultural District received a Platinum certificate at the BEAM Plus Neighbourhood Version 1.0 Launching Ceremony and Award Presentation for Pilot-testing Projects.

Initiated by the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKBGC), BEAM Plus Neighbourhood is a new rating tool that helps define performance criteria for the masterplan of a development project through a range of sustainability indicators – Site, Materials and Waste, Energy, Water, Outdoor Environmental Quality, Innovation and Additions, and Community – with an emphasis on socio-economic and environmental aspects. It was developed to encourage environmental sustainability and the incorporation of public space design in the master planning stages of a development project.

Find out more about HKGBC and BEAM, and view the online exhibition of BEAM Plus Neighbourhood pilot projects here: http://greenbuilding.hkgbc.org.hk/projects/view/79