Milestones

As the founder and owner of the Building Environmental Assessment Method (BEAM), the BEAM Society Limited (BSL) plays a key role in the development and implementation of BEAM standards for practitioners in all related disciplines, and for individual construction projects. This voluntary initiative to benchmark building sustainability is designed to benefit the entire community. In recognition of this importance task, BSL dedicates itself to continuously improving the overall quality of Hong Kong's built environment, both in terms of new buildings and existing buildings. BSL's solid track record of technical excellence is a testament to its tireless commitment to keep developing new assessment tools for every stage of a buildings' life cycle.

  • 2019
    • Dr BEAM, the spokesperson of BSL, was born in December 2019.
    • Launch of the BEAM Plus New Buildings Version 2.0 in September 2019.
  • 2018 BSL was accredited with ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems & OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems in July 2018.
  • 2017
    • The new scheme of BEAM Professionals (BEAM Pro) Specialty Training and Examination has been launched. Effective from 1 January 2017, green building practitioners who aim at gaining the professional BEAM Pro accreditation could opt into any of the elective training courses, namely, New Buildings (NB), Existing Buildings (EB), Interiors (BI) and Neighborhood (ND).
    • Over 1,000 registered BEAM Plus Projects under BEAM Plus New Buildings, Existing Buildings and Interiors Assessment Schemes have been recorded as of 31 August 2017.
  • 2016 BSL turned into a public body on 15 July and came under the jurisdiction of the relevant provisions for public bodies under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap. 201).
  • 2015 Launch of the new BEAM Plus Existing Buildings Version 2.0
  • 2014 Roll-out of the new BEAM Affiliate qualification, with the first Training and Examination Programme held in June.
  • 2013 Launch of the new BEAM Plus assessment tool – BEAM Plus Interiors – an integrated assessment tool for non-domestic, normally-occupied spaces within buildings. This new tool broadens the scope of existing assessment tools by including fit-out, renovation and refurbishment works for offices, shops, hotel rooms and function rooms, restaurants, educational facilities and institutional facilities, such as hospitals.
  • 2012 Launch of the enhanced version of the BEAM Plus assessment method for green buildings: BEAM Plus Version 1.2 for New Buildings and Existing Buildings. This enhanced version addressed some of the issues raised in the report ‘Roadmap for Green Building Labelling Systems in Hong Kong’, and reflected the aspiration of stakeholders for passive design. It also included a number of minor amendments to the earlier version.
  • 2011 The number of BEAM Pro certified since the launch of BEAM Pro Training passed 1,500.
  • 2010
    • BEAM Society Limited (BSL) was founded.
    • Launch of two new assessment tools: BEAM Plus Version 1.1 for New Buildings, and BEAM Plus Existing Buildings.
    • New launch of the BEAM Professional Training and Examination Programme.
    • The Executive Committee adopted new organisational structure and working committees.
  • 2009 As an industry leader, BEAM Society collaborated with a number of other key Organisations, namely the Construction Industry Council (CIC), Business Environment Council (BEC) and Professional Green Building Council (PGBC), to establish the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC). Drawing on this rich legacy of expertise, the HKGBC was founded to lead Hong Kong’s market transformation into a sustainable built environment by guiding the development of industry standards, best practices, education, and research.
  • 2004 Launch of revised standards for New (Version 4/03) and Existing (Version 5/03) Building Developments, designed to cover all building types in all life stages.
  • 2002 The BEAM Steering Committee was formalised into the BEAM Society, establishing a wider membership to improve and promote the BEAM assessment tools.
  • 1999 Launch of BEAM for New Residential Buildings (Version 3/99), as well as updated standards for New Office Designs and Existing Office Premises.
  • 1996
    • Launch of BEAM for New Office Designs (Version 1/96) and Existing Office Premises (Version 2/96). Four new buildings were submitted for assessment.
    • Establishment of HK-BEAM.
  • 1995 The BEAM Steering Committee was founded by the Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong, Planning Environment and Lands Bureau, Swire Properties, Hongkong Land, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Business Environment Council.