BEAM Plus Data Centres & Green Data Centres Practice Guide

Data Centre is a key IT infrastructure for both the Government and the private sector in positioning Hong Kong as a data centre hub. While global actions are calling for energy saving and environmental protection, it is imminent that during the planning, design, construction and subsequent management and operation of data centres to take into consideration the appropriate green practices and measures to help energy saving and environmental protection, since data centres usually require high energy to operate.

BEAM Plus Data Centres & Green Data Centres Practice Guide (Practice Guide) aim to reduce the environmental impacts of both new and existing data centres whilst improving quality and user satisfaction, by adoption of the best practices.
i. Green Data Centres Practice Guide V1.0

The Practice Guide aims to provide a list of best practices, with references to local conditions of Hong Kong, including climate and ecosystems, and international best practices. The Practice Guide is applicable to all data centres, including existing, newly built and converted data centres. It covers the whole life cycle of the data centre including Design and Construction, Procurement, Management, Operation and Maintenance, as well as Disposal.

The best practices covered by the Practice Guide are categorised into ten major areas, including General Aspects, Cooling System, Power System, Monitoring and Managing Energy Efficiency, IT Equipment Deployment, IT Application System and IT Service Deployment, Telecommunications & Network Cabling, Green Construction, Management and Maintenance, and Green Disposal, to assist data centre industry practitioners, as well as government bureaux and departments, in identifying and implementing measures to improve the energy efficiency and environmental performance of their data centres.

ii. BEAM Plus Data Centres V1.0
BEAM Plus New Data Centres (NDC) V1.0 BEAM Plus Existing Data Centres (EDC) V1.0
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BEAM Plus Data Centres Assessment Tools V1.0 were official launched on 9 September 2021. You can register new projects through the Online Registration Form on HKGBC website.
iii. Procedures for BEAM Plus Data Centres
BEAM Plus NDC V1.0
We offer two routes for application for BEAM Plus NDC. Projects with Data Centre facilities can apply for Data Centres assessment alone (route 1), or to create synergy, a "1+1” application including Data Centres assessment together with New Buildings V2.0 assessment (route 2). In the latter case, the project has the benefit of obtaining two certificates (one for Data Centres and one for New Buildings) after successful assessment.
To avoid the duplication of efforts and taking into account that Energy Use plays a pivotal role in the sustainability of Data Centre Buildings, only the EU aspect would be assessed for Data Centres for route 2 assessment. Scoring obtained from other aspects in the New Buildings V2.0 assessment will be transferred directly to the Data Centres assessment.

BEAM Plus EDC V1.0
The assessment process for BEAM Plus EDC follows the existing practices for BEAM Plus EB assessment. The applicant can seek certification for‐

‧ Comprehensive Scheme A (All categories in One‐step Approach)
‧ Comprehensive Scheme B (All categories in Step-wise Approach)
‧ Selective Scheme (Individual category, EU and MAN aspects are mandatory)

Eligible existing data centres can only opt for assessment under BEAM Plus Existing Data Centres. You can download the BEAM Plus Procedures Manual (Assessment) V5.1 for more details.

iv. Fee Schedule

Assessment fees for Data Centres assessment are available here.

v. Project Information Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet - BEAM Plus NDC V1.0
Fact Sheet - BEAM Plus EDC V1.0

vi. Submission Checklist

Check list - BEAM Plus NDC V1.0
Check list - BEAM Plus EDC V1.0

vii. Submission Template & Declaration Form

Submission Template - BEAM Plus NDC V1.0
Submission Template - BEAM Plus EDC V1.0

Declaration Form - BEAM Plus NDC V1.0
Declaration Form - BEAM Plus EDC V1.0

viii. Credit Summary Template

Credit Summary Template - BEAM Plus NDC V1.0
Credit Summary Template - BEAM Plus EDC V1.0

ix. Other Application Forms

Credits Interpretation Requests Form
Re-assessment Application Form
First Appeal Application Form
Final Appeal Application Form