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We have always taken great care to develop environmentally sound buildings that are built based on an integrated design approach. This approach incorporates sustainable measures throughout a building’s life cycle, from planning and design to operation and maintenance. Additionally, we are committed to reducing climate impact and optimising resource efficiency throughout our operations. 

Focus Areas

Climate Change
  • Climate Change Policy
  • Decarbonisation
  • Adaptation
  • Resilience
  • Carbon Management & Accounting
  • Climate Change Risk Assessment
Energy
  • Energy Reduction
  • Renewable Energy
  • Intelligent Energy & Facility Management System
Waste
  • Waste Management Policy
  • Demolition Waste
  • Commercial Waste
  • Construction Waste
Water
  • Water Management Policy
  • Water Risk Assessment
  • Water Reduction
Biodiversity
  • Policy
  • Integration
Occupant Well-being
  • Indoor Air Quality
Building/Asset Investments
  • Environmental Building Assessment Schemes

Case Studies

INDIGO indoor air quality

Since 2013, we have taken steps to improve the indoor air quality at INDIGO mall in Beijing. In 2016, working with Tsinghua University, our technical team implemented strategies to minimise outside air infiltration and indoor/outdoor pressure differences, including by installing automatic shutters and doors in the underground parking and delivery areas to prevent outdoor air from flowing into the mall, and by installing electrostatic filters to improve the performance of air handling units. As a result, we were able to reduce pollutant penetration and lower PM2.5 (fine particulate matter) concentrations within the mall. A subsequent survey of 24 malls in Beijing indicated that INDIGO was one of the two malls in Beijing with the lowest PM2.5 concentrations.

One Taikoo Place: a next-generation sustainable office building

One Taikoo Place, our new triple Grade-A office tower, is designed to high standards and is targeted to achieve BEAM Plus and LEED Platinum ratings. From conception to design and construction, it has incorporated the concepts of innovation and experimentation that underpin our SD 2030 Strategy.

These innovative measures include use of a waste-to-energy tri-generation (electricity, heating and cooling) system – a first for commercial buildings in Hong Kong – that will use biodiesel from waste cooking oil collected from our F&B tenants for fuel. This system has the potential to contribute up to 2% of building energy. One Taikoo Place also features a smart lighting system that makes adjustments based on time of day, lighting levels and occupancy; a combined green roof and solar PV system and ample green space; and rainwater collection and grey water recycling.

One Taikoo Place is expected to be completed in 2018.


Sustainable bathrooms at TaiKoo Hui

At TaiKoo Hui in Guangzhou, we have installed low-flush water toilets and water-free urinals in the male bathrooms. The installations effectively reduce the volume of flush water by 5–8 litres per flush compared to conventional toilets, and the water-free urinals are expected to save approximately 150 cubic metres of water annually.

We have also installed a grey water recycling system, designed to collect waste water from sinks for reuse as flush water. Using this new system, we target to save 1,080 cubic metres of water annually. Based on the success of these sustainable upgrades in the male bathrooms, we are planning similar upgrades in the women’s bathrooms at TaiKoo Hui.


Climate Ribbon

One of the first things people notice when they visit Brickell City Centre in Miami is the Climate Ribbon, a visually striking, innovative sustainability feature comprising an elevated trellis of steel, glass and canvas. Spanning 150,000 square feet and connecting different parts of Brickell City Centre over three city blocks, the Climate Ribbon uses passive energy design strategies to naturally improve the microclimate of the underlying space – it serves as a sunshade, creating air flow and collecting rainwater, while allowing the shopping centre to be open-air and naturally lit.

Beyond its functional qualities, the Climate Ribbon is a visual representation that uniquely expresses Swire Properties’ commitment to sustainable development.