10 Year Award of Excellence: International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

William Pedersen
Principal
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, New York City

Mike Wong
Deputy Managing Director
Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited, Hong Kong

The Heart of Hong Kong

The International Commerce Centre (ICC) houses some of the most prominent financial institutions in the world, and is routinely recognized as a paragon of good management, from a commercial, environmental, and community standpoint. The level of energy efficiency achieved by the ICC is unusual for a tall building, and significant investments have been made in improving energy performance over the years, especially since adapting the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems (EMS) certification in 2011. This commitment was followed by more than 50 advanced energy-saving measures. The Energy As Utilization Index (EUI) of ICC's energy performance in 2013 was 157.3 kWh/m2, placing it among the top 90 percent of energy-efficient commercial buildings. A computerized building management system manages and controls the energy use in the building. The total energy consumption of the project was reduced from 56.3 million kWh in 2012 to 49.9 million kWh in 2013, a reduction of 6.4 million kWh, or 11 percent.

The building’s waste-management program increased its collection of recyclables from 94,000 kilograms in 2010 to 101,714 kilograms in 2013, an 8.21 percent increase. Participation in the recycling program increased from 60 percent of occupants in 2010 to 90 percent in 2013. Of course, a building’s initial successes in performance-based design can be undone if occupants are not well-trained and motivated to continue imbuing their daily activities with these principles. The key to achieving high performance lies in ICC’s intensive, involved relationship with its tenants. Each tenant is assigned their own account manager, who is in frequent contact with the tenant and learns about their requirements in detail.

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