Planning with students’ daily lives in mind, WSP designed a number of features enhancing sustainability and comfort of the living environment.
AC system is essential to the entire HKUST campus as it is located right at the eastern tip of the Sai Kung Peninsula in the already humid Hong Kong. Yet conventional window type or split AC system, used in many other existing residences at HKUST, is no longer an energy efficient option. Through analysing HKUST’s cooling load profile, WSP proposed using the existing water-cooled chiller plants in the campus with district cooling strategy to serve the new development.
Precast façade modules with thermal insulation is part of the project’s comprehensive passive design strategy. Using simulation tools, our MEP and sustainability teams optimised the façade with specific fins and glazing portion to achieve daylight access that suit the terrain and building form while minimising solar gains. Our structural engineers also offered design input in areas such as façade loadings and constructability.
Other green features include centralised hot water system with solar thermal and heat pump system, extensive solar PV panels and BIPV system on the roofs, smart metering for monitoring all end-use power consumptions and rainwater recycling for irrigation. This residence targets to achieve the top Platinum rating under the local BEAM Plus green building scheme.
Besides, as the acoustics consultant, we advised on room acoustics to ensure good performance especially for students’ residential areas and apartments close to vertical transportation systems.