2nd Quarter 2021
First integrated Green building cloud data platform launched in Hong Kong
July 8, 2021
BEAM Society launched iBEAM on 13 May 2021, the first-ever locally developed integrated Green building cloud data platform in Hong Kong. It is capable of analysing 450,000 entries of project data related to the built environment and sustainable development every year, which would turn into a data warehouse for the prediction of Green building development trends and making suggestions for implementing sustainable development in the industry. iBEAM also enables paperless assessment workflow through uploading all building data to a single cloud platform, which enhances transparency, security and integrity of the assessment process while reducing carbon emission, contributing to a Greener built environment in Hong Kong.
Its major features include:
- Intelligent integration platform: With customisable user interface and settings, this platform enables project teams to share information and manage workflow. Where necessary, participating parties can download the data collected for other purposes such as submission of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) reports, and as benchmark data necessary for the application of green finance investments. In the long run, iBEAM will contribute to building a smarter, greener and more resilient city as envisioned in the HK2030+ and the Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint 2.0.
- Paperless cloud platform: After uploading the data to the cloud portal, project teams can update or retrieve them by logging in to the portal round the clock anywhere. The platform also enables paperless e-form submission of data for archiving and real-time processing at both multiple and centralised ends.
- Reliable and consistent security platform: After receiving data uploaded by project teams, the platform will automatically execute the approval process and match with assessors, raising the transparency, security and integrity of assessments. iBEAM also centralises and securely executes workflow, from data collection, approval, to online management of BEAM Plus assessment fee.
Consultations and experience workshops held with the industry
BSL commenced the development of iBEAM in April 2020. Five engagement talks were held throughout the development stage, garnering more than 1,100 industry participations and constructive feedback. Before the launch of iBEAM, BSL has organised the iBEAM Xperience Studio, an experiential workshop that engaged over 100 construction professionals and 14 consultancy firms in the industry. Ivy Lee adds, “iBEAM is a part of a bigger Green building journey. Looking ahead, BSL will continue to work closely with the governments of the Greater Bay Area and Hong Kong, as well as our strategic partners, professional and educational institutes. Working hand in hand, we will create a sustainable and liveable environment for mankind.”