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New Trade and Industry Tower in Kai Tak presented with Green Building Award (2014) (with photo)

     The new Trade and Industry Tower (TI Tower) in Kai Tak, which is under construction, has been presented with the Grand Award of the Green Building Award (2014) in the sub-category of "Buildings Under Construction - New Buildings" (Green Building Award), and a Platinum rating in the BEAM Plus Provisional Assessment.

     The Green Building Award jury highly commended TI Tower's strong emphasis on energy conservation and greening. It was noted that TI Tower has adequately applied a range of renewable energy technologies including a photovoltaic system and various energy saving devices such as a solar hot water system, solar chimney and daylight suntubes. The landscaped areas on the ground floor and the vertical greening on the external facade embody functionality and creativity in building design, and will improve the cityscape of the neighbouring development area. These green measures deeply impressed the jury, which considered that the energy performance of the building would enhance its position as a new step in the field of sustainability and green buildings.

     The BEAM Plus Platinum Project Certification Ceremony was held today (December 12). A Government spokesman said that the design of TI Tower is in line with the concept of "Green City" in the Kai Tak Development Area (KTDA). It is also one of the energy efficiency demonstration projects under public works, where great importance is attached to energy conservation and greening. TI Tower's air conditioning system will be connected to the District Cooling System of the KTDA. The project has achieved a Platinum rating in the BEAM Plus Provisional Assessment. The project will also be assessed under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificate programme.

     TI Tower is situated at the northern part of the ex-airport apron in the KTDA. It comprises a government offices building, which will accommodate offices of 10 government departments including the Trade and Industry Department, the Highways Department and the Census and Statistics Department, as well as a community hall. It is expected to come into operation in 2015.

     The Green Building Award is co-organised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council and the Professional Green Building Council.

Ends/Friday, December 12, 2014
Issued at HKT 17:30


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