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Case Study | Creating A Sustainable Learning Space - HSMC Jockey Club Residential Colleges

Our involvement in the development of Hang Seng Management College’s campus has encompassed the different expertise of our team. When envisioning the design of the building, we have taken into consideration the different functional needs of the residential and lecture buildings. Many unique design features have been included to enhance human comfort while optimizing the learning environment. Through our solutions, students can gain a first-hand glimpse of a sustainable lowcarbon future.

Maximum Comfort with Minimal Environmental Impacts

The building is located near the Tate’s Cairn Highway, and before planning the sustainability designs of the building we had to first conduct the air quality and noise impact assessments to evaluate the impact of the highway on the building site. Our objective was to incorporate sustainable features that could enhance human comfort and ensure the well-being of the residents. With the results of the assessment, we adopted the following sustainability designs.

Design Highlights

• The noise impact assessment had shown that approximately 20% of the residential units would likely be affected by excessive traffic noise from Tate’s Cairn Highway. To minimize noise impact on the residents, the building has utilized acoustic windows that have effectively reduced the transmission of noise by about 6 dB(A).

• The entire roof of the building is covered with vegetation and high-emissivity roofing materials. This maximizes thermal comfort for residents and also reduces heat gain while eliminating subsequent energy requirements for cooling purposes.

• Rapidly renewable material such as bamboo is used to replace wood for furniture and interior building materials. Bamboo is a rapidly renewable material that is not only sustainable but is also moisture resistant to Hong Kong’s humid climate.

• Rainwater and grey water are recycled for irrigation use. Rainwater recycling contributes to 26.4% savings of fresh water, while greywater recycling provides 28.3% of savings.

Infusing Innovative and Sustainability Ideas

Being an environmentally responsive school, our client needs to infuse innovative environmental ideas in its building design. With the hope of creating a sustainable campus, we integrated some of the industry’s cutting-edge green building technologies into the building design.

Design Highlights

• Chilled Ceiling Air Conditioning System - In an indoor environment with a high concentration of people, this cutting-edge system prevents cross infection and the spread of disease through its active control of fresh air supply with no return air.

• District Cooling System – The centralization of different capacities of chillers allows the cooling system to operate at a higher efficiency rate than conventional chilling plants. With the eradication of the onsite chiller plants, noise pollution is reduced and space utilization is maximized.

• The exterior of the buildings is fitted with architectural fin and Low-E glass windows for optimization of indoor daylight illumination while reducing the transmission of solar radiation from direct sun rays.

• More than 30% of the building sites are covered with vegetation, which increases urban wildlife habitat. Bamboo was selected as the main plant species for increased CO2 absorption.


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