FAQ

Q1. Being an existing BEAM Pro, do I need to re-enrol the New BEAM Pro Training and Examination?

No, you do not need to re-enrol the New BEAM Pro Training and Examination (including the Fundamental and Elective Course).

However, you are required to maintain your BEAM Pro credential by fulfilling the annual CPD requirement (6 Mandatory CPD Hours + 9 General CPD Hours).

You are also required to enrol the Upgrade Training Courses when there are revamps of BEAM Plus assessment tools.

Q2. Being an existing BEAM Pro, do I need to enrol Fundamental Course before enrolling Elective Course?

No, existing BEAM Pro do not need to enrol Fundamental Course before opting in any Elective Course.

Q3. What would be the additional discount on training and examination fee?

Below please find an example of discount on training and examination fee:

Candidate

Enrolment of
1st elective course

Enrolment of
2nd elective courses
(10% off)

Enrolment of
3rd elective courses
(15% off)

Enrolment of
4th elective courses
(20% off)

Member of BEAM Society Limited & Hong Kong Green Building Council

HK$3,000
(BEAM Plus NB)

HK1,700
HK1,530
(BEAM Plus EB)

HK$850
HK$722
(BEAM Plus BI)

HK$850
HK$680
(BEAM Plus ND)


The additional discount is applicable to both members and non-members.

The discount would be valid for 1 year starting from the date of acceptance of registration for the 1st elective course.

The additional discount is NOT applicable to examination retake, resit or reschedule.

BSL reserves all rights to revise, amend or modify these terms and conditions from time to time in our absolute discretion.

Q4. If the applicant has the professional qualification other than the listed professional institutes (i.e. HKIA, HKIE, HKILA, HKIP, HKIS), will the applicant be considered eligible to apply?

BEAM Society will consider other professional qualification in Built Environment related disciplines. Applicant should submit copy of the professional qualification(s) and academic certificate(s) together with the registration form for consideration.

Q5. Please specify what degree or equivalent in Built Environment is needed to fulfil the pre-requisite for BEAM Pro Training.

Applicant should obtain a degree or equivalent in Built Environment that is related to building planning, design, construction, facility management and environmental science, such as in Architecture, Engineering, Urban Planning, Environmental Science and Surveying. Details of BEAM Pro Training can be found on the website 

Q6. Once exam date is confirmed, can I change it?

Reschedule of the examination is permitted; and candidate is allowed to submit their application ONCE, if he/she cannot attend the original scheduled date of examination. The application must be submitted to BEAM Society at least 10 working days before the original scheduled date of examination. An Administration Fee of HK$600 will be applied per application. Otherwise, a full examination fee will be charged for re-taking the examination.

Q7. What is the format of examination?

Examinations are open book and in English. Examinations are computer based and questions are randomly generated. Candidates are required to answer multiple choice questions within a period of time. Details of BEAM Pro examination can be found on the website http://www.hkgbc.org.hk/eng/beamproexam.aspx

Q8. Why do I need to provide BEAM Society Limited with my HKID No.?

For identification purpose, applicants are required to provide HKID/Passport no. The information will be submitted to Hong Kong Examinations & Assessment Authority or BEAM Society Limited for verification of candidates’ identity upon examination.

Q9. What is the requirement to retain the status of BEAM Pro?

BEAM Pro are required to obtain at least 15 CPD hours per annum in order to maintain the BEAM Pro status. Details of BEAM Pro CPD programme can be found on the website http://www.beamsociety.org.hk/en_cpd_1.php

Q10. BEAM Plus Neigbourhood V1.0 (Introduction - assessment framework)

  • On page 5 of manual: The following is written: ”The Impact Area refers to the area between Site Boundary and the parallel platted line 500m away from the Site Boundary.” But in Figure 1, a distance of 500m walking distance is mentioned.  Which one is the correct, a 500m parallel line or 500m walking distance?

  • Response:
  • An Impact Area refers to the area extended 500m from the Site Boundary. 

Q11. BEAM Plus Neigbourhood V1.0 (Introduction - Performance Aspects and Aspect Weighting)

  • On page 11 of manual: In example 2 the Weighted Achieved Score for CA should be 16% and the Weighted Achieved Score for SA should be 13.3 % ?

  • Response:
  • There is a typo on the manual. Under example 2 on page 11, the weighted Achieved Score for CA should be 16% , while SA should be 13.2%.

Q12. BEAM Plus Neigbourhood V1.0 (Community Aspects)

  • On page 43 of the manual:  Regarding the word "any”.
    "a. Neighbourhood Basic Services.

1 credit point is awarded where at least 10 different basic services are located within a 500m walking distance from a notional entrance of anymajor occupied building within the Site with availability of pedestrian access to such services from the Site.”

Does this mean that if I have 5 major occupied buildings in my site, that for each of those 5 buildings you have to prove that there are 10 different basic services within a 500 m walking distance? Or can you just pick 1 out of those 5 buildings, and that is sufficient?

Response: 

In normal circumstance, there should be one main entrance to each building and therefore, the answer to your question is "yes”, you need to demonstrate each of the 5 buildings has access to 10 different basic services within a 500m walking distance in order to achieve the relevant credits.

Q13. BEAM Plus Neigbourhood V1.0 (Community Aspects)

  • On page 43 of the manual:  Regarding walking distance.
    "a. Neighbourhood Basic Services.

1 credit point is awarded where at least 10 different basic services are located within a 500m walking distance from a notional entrance of any major occupied building within the Site with availability of pedestrian access to such services from the Site.”
However in p.44 of the manual: (3rd textblock) it is written that:

"The onus is placed on the Applicant to demonstrate the basic services, appropriate to the needs of the intended building users and immediate neighbourhood, exist within the Site or within a 500m walking distance from a notional entrance of any major occupied building within the Site.”

Which one of the two requirements for distance is correct: a 500 m walking distance .. or… within the site or within a 500m walking distance ?

Response: 

The 10 basic services located within the site or within a 500m walking distance either one can be fulfil the requirements.

Q14. BEAM Plus Neigbourhood V1.0 (Community Aspects)

  • In p.44 of the manual: (4th textblock) it is written that:

"A basic service can be counted twice for any one type of services mentioned above.”

Does this mean that I can have 5 pairs of different basic services and that is good for the credit?

Response: 

No. There can only be one type of basic service being counted twice. 

Q15. BEAM Plus Neigbourhood V1.0 (Community Aspects)

  • In p.46 of the manual: Regarding a Suitably Qualified Person for Shaded or Covered routes:

Should that not be CA 3d, instead of CA 3a ?

Response: 

There is a typo in the manual. Yes, the suitably qualified person should apply to CA 3d Shaded Covered Pedestrian Routes.



General

Q1. For the BEAM Plus New Buildings v2.0, will the examination cover BEAM Plus assessment procedures? If yes, would the project assessment procedures manual be provided for open-book?

The scope of BEAM Plus NBv2.0 Examination shall include the basic concept of BEAM Plus and credit-related knowledge of the Tool. Only BEAM Plus Manual will be provided as open-book materials for candidates during examination. The Project Assessment Procedures Manual may serve as a guidebook which allows BEAM practitioners to understand the assessment procedure and responsibilities for conducting a BEAM Plus assessment.



Site Aspects

Q1. 1st BEAM Plus New Buildings Training and Examination in March 2017 - Candidate Question on SA3

(Q) If a commercial dept say if there will be a convenience store will be subject to the market condition after OP, SHOULD THEY STILL SUBMIT an undertaking? or should they drop the credit now, then assess during Final assessment?

(A) To confirm compliance of SA 3a or 3c in PA, un undertaking for providing a basic service is acceptable, but such undertaking should not have any qualification. If an undertaking without any qualification cannot be provided by the applicant, the credit may only be achieved in FA when confirmation of such a basic service provision is provided.

(Q) Further to above question, what if the convenience store finally NOT provided after the Final assessment?(assume final assessment completed before 1 year after OP) Will the undertaking party be penalized or how the green label be assessed again?

(A) The credit will likely be contested in FA.

Q2. 6th BEAM Plus New Buildings Training and Examination in September / October 2019 - Candidate Question on SA P1

(Q) Referring to the Mock Exam Question 3, under BEAM Plus NB SA P1, what is the definition of "residential use" for building or site? Is a hotel or hostel considered as a residential building?
 
(A) Hostel is considered as residential building based on ASC’s decision. The requirement of PNAP APP-152 shall be followed.
 
Hotel is considered as commercial building and SA P1 can be exempted.

Q3. 2nd BEAM Plus New Buildings Training and Examination in Jul - Nov 2020 - Candidate Question on SS P1 under Extra Mock Up Question

(Q) For Extra Mock Up Question No.27 regarding accountable greenery area in SS P1, please explain why the answer is B "20m2 covered greenery above the primary zone in communal area” but not A "100m2 greenery on ground level without cover”. Based on NBv2.0 Manual Page 108 (part B) - 1.2, it seems the answer is covering answer B as the accountable greenery area for a 1000m2 site in SS P1.

(A) Referring to BEAM Plus Manual NB v2.0 page 108 to 109 assessment criteria Section (b)1.1.3, the covered greenery areas above the primary zone in communal areas shall only be counted that they must be measured from 45o projected line taken from the edge of building.

Since the Answer B is not specified the covered greenery whether measured from 45o projected line taken from the edge of building, the greenery area is not accountable.
Besides, for Answer A, the greenery is not covered on ground level, it must be accountable as greenery area in SS P1.



Materials and Waste Aspects

Q1. 1st BEAM Plus New Buildings Training and Examination in March 2017 - Candidate Question on MA9

(Q) In the training power point, raw material (constituents) is included in the credit. But in the Version 1.2 Manual, no raw material is mentioned. Please clarify if raw material is included to get this credit. 

(A) Raw material (constituents) should be included. They are also required to be manufactured within 800km for projects submitted after 1 April 2013. It applies to projects registered under Version 1.1 & 1.2.

For details, please see the Technical Circular Letter 2013.113.

Q2. 6th BEAM Plus New Buildings Training and Examination in September / October 2019 - Candidate Question on MA P4

(Q) Referring to the manual BEAM Plus for New Buildings V1.2 MA P4 "For a domestic building or composite building on a site of an area of not more than 250 m², the provision of a refuse storage and material recovery room on every floor of a domestic building shall be exempted in BEAM Plus Assessment." While the Building (Refuse Storage and Material Recovery Chambers and Refuse Chutes) (Amendment) Regulation 2008 states that "In view of the above, the Administration has proposed in the new Regulation 3A(6)(d) of the Building (Refuse Collection and Material Recovery Chambers and Refuse Chutes) (Amendment) Regulation 2008 to exempt the mandatory provision of RCMRR for domestic and composite buildings locating on a site having an area of not more than 500 sqm."

Please clarify the figure on (250 m² or 500 m²).
 
(A) On this subject, you may wish to refer the following elaboration in the Circular letter No. 2014.124 issued on 3 December 2014. The Circular letter may be found at the link: https://www.beamsociety.org.hk/files/tech/tech-20141203162639.pdf "MA P4 Waste Recycling Facilities

i. Appreciated the difficulties in fulfilling the captioned credit for small sites, domestic building or a domestic part of a composite building with a site area of less than 500 m², the provision of refuse storage and material recovery room (RS&MRR) on every domestic floor shall be exempted from the BEAM Plus Assessment subject to TRC approval on the alternative proposal by the Applicant for the exemption.”

Hence, under the BEAM Plus New Buildings Version 1.2, the provision of RS&MRR is exempted for a domestic building or a domestic part of a composite building with a site area ≤ 250 m²;

For a domestic building or a domestic part of a composite building with a site area greater than 250 m² and less than or equal to 500 m² (i.e. 250m² < site area ≤ 500m²), the provision of RS&MR on every domestic floor shall be exempted subject to TRC approval on the alternative proposal by the Applicant.

Q3. 6th BEAM Plus New Buildings Training and Examination in September / October 2019 - Candidate Question on MA P4

(Q) Referring to the second point to note of BEAM Plus for New Buildings V1.2 MA P4 (slide #27 of MA, version dated Sept 2019), it says "However, the total area of RS&MRR provided on domestic floors would not be counted into the total RS&MRC space calculation". Please clarify the difference between "total RS&MRC space calculation" and "the total area of RS&MRR provided on domestic floors ".
 
(A) 1) Referring to the presentation material slide #25, the credit requirement is clearly stated that "Min. 1.5M x 1.5M RS&MRR (Refuse Storage & Material Recovery Room) at each domestic building or the domestic part of a composite building on a site of an area of 500 m2 or above” should be provided;
2) Besides, the total required space of RS&MRC (Refuse Storage & Material Recovery Chamber) should be based on the BEAM Plus requirements (i.e. As an indication the space requirements for commercial building, industrial building and a building constructed or adapted for use principally as a church, a school, a carpark or similar buildings, are 2 m2 per 1,000 m2 of usable floor space.), which is also stated in BEAM Plus Manual and presentation material slide #25;
 
3) Thus, (i) "the total RS&MRC space calculation” should be based on BEAM Plus Manual requirement that solely count the centralised refuse collection and waste recycling facilities; and (ii) "the total area of RS&MRR provided on domestic floors” for domestic part of the buildings should be provided based on the requirement stated in BEAM Circular Letter No: 2014.124 & presentation material slide #25 (response item 1), which could not be counted into the total RS&MRC required space area.


Energy Use

Q1. 1st BEAM Plus New Buildings Training and Examination in March 2017 - Candidate Question on EU2- Peak Electricity Demand Reduction, slide 12

 

(Q) Please provide methodology on how to determine the "respective benchmark (zero-credit) criteria” for mixed-use development? For example, when office, hotel and residential components all been packed inside a high-rise tower.

(A) The methodology of the energy simulation for Baseline Building Model (zero-credit benchmark) shall make reference to the latest Building Energy Code (BEC) or Appendix G of ASHRAE 90.1-2007 or equivalent. For mixed use development, Area Weighting Method shall be applied in the assessment to cater for a mix of building types in complex premises which consists of residential, clubhouse, retail and/or car park.

Q2. For training material of EU, what is the definition of the habitable area in a building?

 
(A) Habitable area shall be defined as area used for living purpose. For example, living room, dining room and bedroom.

Q3. 2nd BEAM Plus New Buildings Training and Examination in Jul - Nov 2020 - Candidate Question on EU 2 under Extra Mock Up Question

(Q) In the NBv2.0 Manual, P.356, it is stating that the lighting power density for "other space" shall refer to BEC 2018 Table 5.4.  Will that table be provided during the examination?  Otherwise, based on the Manual alone it is hard to conclude the answer C "retail lighting power density of 15W/m2" is wrong.

(A) Please note that only BEAM Plus NBv2.0 Manual is provided during BEAM Pro examination, the lighting power density for retail area cannot be found as no BEC 2018 is provided.

However, referring to BEAM Plus NBv2.0 Manual Appendix 9.2 page 356 to 357, the baseline settings regarding lighting power density for residential dining room (Answer A), equipment load for office building (Answer B) and equipment load for residential unit (Answer D) could be looked up. Details please refer to the below excerpts of BEAM Plus Manual (p.356 to 357).

Thus, only Answer C could not be found and should be incorrect for baseline setting in EU 2.
 

Q4. 2nd BEAM Plus New Buildings Training and Examination in Jul - Nov 2020 - Candidate Question on EU 4

(Q) In EU PDF Slide#65 and BEAM Plus NBv2.0 Manual Pg.243, please clarify the reference credits:

EU PPT Slide#65
 
BEAM Plus NBv2.0 Manual Pg. 243


(A) Please note that

"IDCM 15 Interface for Metering" from PDF and "IDM 15 Interface for Metering" from Manual shall be referred to IDCM 13 Digital Facility Management Interface

And "IDCM 17 Occupant Engagement Platform" shall be referred to the IDCM 14 Occupant Engagement Platform



Water Use

Q1. 2nd BEAM Plus New Buildings Training and Examination in Jul - Nov 2020 - Candidate Question on WU 4 under Extra Mock Up Question

(Q) Please clarify why statement B is incorrect and statement C is the correct.


(A) For answer B, no water detection system is required for exposed potable water tank rooms, so this statement is incorrect.

For Answer "C”, the applicability should refer to the "Extent of Application” of WU 5 Twin Tank System - All buildings and buildings with centralised/ shared tank that is outside the assessment boundary.

If the project development with a twin tank system which is a shared facility (outside the assessment boundary) with the same project owner, the potable water tank room for the twin tank system is still required to be assessed in WU 4.

Details please refer to the below excerpts of BEAM Plus Manual (p.271).

Q2. 2nd BEAM Plus New Buildings Training and Examination in Jul - Nov 2020 - Candidate Question on WU 8

(Q) Based on the Presentation Materials audio and the slide, it is stating that the greywater includes those from "sink except kitchen”. However, in the NBv2.0 Manual, P.280, Clause 2.1 states that "kitchen sinks" is accepted as the grey water source. Please clarify.
 
(A) The grey water sources from kitchen sink is accepted in the assessment of WU 8 under BEAM Plus NBv2.0. Please note that training material - PDF has been updated.


Indoor Environmental Quality

Q1. 2nd BEAM Plus New Buildings Training and Examination in Jul - Nov 2020 - Candidate Question on HWB 1 under Wrap Up of Mock Up Question

(Q) In Q17 option D, it is stated that "install at least one circulation stair in communal area with riser not more than 1500mm and treated to be at least 300mm". As stated in page 293 of the manual, the riser should not be more than 150mm. It seems D is wrong in principle and shall be the correct answer.

(A) The Correct Answer should be "D” instead of "C”.

Referring to BEAM Plus Manual NB v.2.0 page 293, the statements A, B and C are correct.

For statement D, it is incorrect due to the riser should not be more than 150mm (instead of 1,500mm). Details please refer to the below excerpts of BEAM Plus Manual (p.293).