URA’s Flat-for-Flat scheme at Kai Tak awarded BEAM Plus Provisional ‘Platinum’ rating for its sustainable building design
The Urban Renewal Authority (URA)'s Flat-for-Flat (FFF) scheme at Kai Tak development has achieved BEAM Plus Provisional 'Platinum' rating for its sustainable building design from the Hong Kong Green Building Council, said the Managing Director of the Authority, Ms Iris Tam, this (Thursday) afternoon.
At a media briefing on the progress of the scheme, Ms Tam said the energy saving measures in the development would help to reduce electricity consumption of about 16 percent or carbon dioxide emission by some 700,000kg (equivalent to planting of about 30,000 trees).
Some of the prominent green features include:
- Double-glazed low e-glass windows to reduce thermal heat;
- Cross ventilation in all living rooms and lift lobbies;
- Rainwater collection and grey water treatment systems for irrigation purposes;
- Energy saving lighting system; and others
Ms Tam said the development is designed from the perspective of the genuine end users, with practical flat layout, facilities conducive to community building, and environmentally-friendly building design which address the concerns over climate change and the residents' long term management and maintenance costs. The units in the Low Block of the development have also incorporated elderly-friendly facilities and layout design to suit for wheelchair-bound senior residents.
The FFF development will provide ample greening and communal facilities for the residents both at ground level and on rooftops. Thirty percent of the site area will be covered by greening.
Occupying a site of around 5,700 square metres, the FFF scheme at Kai Tak comprises four residential towers providing 484 residential units of saleable area from about 330 to 670 square feet each, and one two-storey small commercial block.
During the media briefing, Ms Tam also announced that the Kai Tak FFF scheme is now called 煥然壹居in Chinese, a name chosen from among some 5,400 entries in an open naming competition for the project. The winner of this naming competition is a secondary school student Cheung Wing-tung.
Ms Tam said foundation work for the project has just been completed. Construction works are scheduled for completion in 2016.
The FFF scheme is introduced under the prevailing Urban Renewal Strategy (URS) as an alternative choice to cash compensation to domestic owner-occupiers affected by the URA's redevelopment projects commenced after 24 February 2011.