Regulatory and voluntary approaches for enhancing energy efficiencies of buildings in Hong Kong

Wai Ling Lee, F. W.H. Yik

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Regulatory control forms the bedrock of the environmental policies of many countries. Whilst this interventionist approach can ensure a certain minimum standard would be achieved, far greater results can be achieved if it is augmented by a voluntary assessment- scheme. The benefits of having both approaches are explored in the paper with reference to the building energy codes and a voluntary building environmental-performance assessment scheme HK-BEAM, both of which are being implemented in Hong Kong. Quantification of the possible range of energy saving was based on the design characteristics of 22 commercial buildings in Hong Kong. The need for and the benefits of using the energy assessments within HK-BEAM as an alternative compliance route to the building energy codes are confirmed and the compliance criteria are established. The potential energy-saving through the use of the regulatory and the voluntary-based approaches were estimated to be from about 8% to more than 30%.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-274
Number of pages24
JournalApplied Energy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Energy(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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