When inevitable, how do we do to tackle the noise issue affecting us?

Years ago, ANewR had received a call: “We know we are noisy, it is inevitable. We still want to reduce the noise impact, but we do not know who is the most severe noise generator. We are puzzled.”

Photo above: How would you feel you live nearby? What should the authority do for the neighbourhood?

ANewR told the client: “Noise monitoring is our strength. We have everything here to support. Let us help you.”

Let’s look back: Over the past few years, ANewR has set up the 24-hour noise monitoring system and stations. We have been in charge of the noise monitoring operation and management.

The monitoring approach adopted was scientific; it validated all the reporting and the recommendation to identify the noise impact on our client’s surrounding areas.

Another merit given to the approach was that applying systematic monitoring already ensured compliance with international standards.

Our noise monitoring management process is based on flexibility, and it works. An improved IT infrastructure is supposed to make a quick response to the incident.

In case of the connection failure, the system automatically reconnected to the fixed aviation noise monitoring station and generally operated after a few hours, or resumed regular operation after ANewR reaching to restart the sound level meter short period.

Why do our clients stick with us? Because they can trust in our work. That’s why ANewR has been endeavoring for quality service and IT measure development.

ANewR encourages our clients and staff to find the potential for improvements and innovations.

ANewR is happy about our trustworthy cooperation during the past few years – and the new collaboration will come. Let’s tackle the difficulties together!

Video – When inevitable, how do we do to tackle the noise issue affecting us?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJxUtcEqIH8&t=2s

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website: https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer,
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

What move could the corporates take to demonstrate their authentic selves?

The bottom line is the final total of an account or balance sheet. In 1994, the bottom line concept was essentially transformed because of the entrepreneur and business writer John Elkington. The triple bottom line was coined. The three bottom lines (Profit, People, and Planet) harmonise seamlessly with ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) that the corporates are coping with nowadays.

“Triple bottom line (TBL), in economics, believes that companies should commit to focusing as much on social and environmental concerns as they do on profits. TBL theory posits that instead of one bottom line, there should be three: profit, people, and the planet. A TBL seeks to gauge a corporation’s level of commitment to corporate social responsibility and its impact on the environment over time.” (Investopedia)

If the corporates do not look into the triple bottom line, they will be noted as obsolete. They may fall into a reputational crisis when they do not act on it. The operational practice mirrors the actual value they hold. Profit is straightforward to quantify as it is numerical. What about the intangible people and planet that seem not initiatively be compatible in the accounting? The far-reaching environmental and social impacts ironically shorten the sight into the business resolutions. It matters to sustainability, and this is the total cost of doing business, after all.

It is tricky to measure and communicate solidly for something uncertain. Standards are established to guide sustainability performance with a KPI set. It highly concerns stakeholders the business would affect. The corporates should get the KPIs managed with authentic actions.

What move could the corporates take to demonstrate their authentic selves?

When involving people, preventive maintenance will significantly change the course, and the result can be observed in the accounting – Total recordable incident rate (TRIR) and fatality rate for direct employees and contract employees.

Preventive maintenance is the systematic approach the owners take to protect the stakeholders from catastrophic operation failures in a precautionary way. The process entails routine inspections, maintenance, and repairs on assets. Not at the time when it breaks, but before it reaches its expiry.

In the building aspect, asset deterioration means a shorter building life expectancy and an unfriendly environment for tenants. In a factory area, machinery failure causes operation discontinuity; and affects operability and profitability. If corporates can predict the breakdown and act on it before, they will avoid vital loss on the asset, people, and eventually businesses. When the failure happens on consumer commodities, the prevention measures become more evident because the potential casualty points to productivity, safety, and reputation issues.

The above vivid revelations turn the triple bottom line apparent and the need for inspection, detection, correction, and prevention. These proactive procedures diminish the asset depreciation rate and extend the life of the assets, which would be exposed in the monetary term—notably, the financial consequence resulting from legal proceedings associated with defect- and safety-related incidents.

Our prime case study of the predictive maintenance using the acoustic camera to detect the flaws conceivably provoking derailment has shown us that the manual cost is 1.3 times higher than the predictive-maintenance-with-IoT cost. It is over 95% of accuracy to pick up the defect wheel of Rolling Stock. In worldwide, McKinsey once estimated the global rail maintenance market to be about EUR 50 billion per year. Among which, 25% efficiency is lost due to inefficient, unreliable predictive condition-based maintenance. SMRT’s 2016 annual report unveiled the number of rail maintenance staff by almost a quarter since 2013. Nearly half of the rail revenue was spent on maintenance-related tasks, rising by $18.0 million or 14.8% to $139.9 million, associated mainly with the strict maintenance regime for the ageing network and more trains scheduled overhaul, maintenance work.

Put yourself into the shoes of other infrastructure industries; when the asset size grows with extended operation hours, the duration between each checking for the same asset set also doubles. The preventive maintenance practice identifies a potential problem without interrupting regular operation. The method can reduce the number of breakdowns, unplanned maintenance, and the required level of reserve asset capacity. Once any irregularities have been detected, the department in charge will receive an alert, and hence they can follow-up action and repair the assets immediately to minimize accidents. It helps enhance the company’s corporate image by promising stakeholders and employees safety and customer services. Since the preventive maintenance is non-intrusive, i.e., being monitored and analysed in real-time, interruption to the regular operation remains ultimately minimal.

Maintenance is one of the value chains to support the corporate’s market status and customer service commitment. The predictive maintenance on the railway has reached tangible benefits – enhance the passenger safety, the feasibility of maintenance schedule of rolling stock, and the accuracy of maintenance checking. The performance can be seen in corporate’s integrated reporting. It is time to consider the transformative predictive maintenance approach for your assets.

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website: https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

Meeting with ocean warriors

We are happy to meet a community influencer who voluntarily contribute his time and effort to cleanup work and awareness talk.

Photo above: Meeting with ocean warriors (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnlDUJll0aE)

Who is the community influencer that we talked to?

Harry Chan, a diver who is going to be in his 70s in the coming years, is awarded the 2020 HKSAR Honours and Awards Medal of Honour (M.H.) in recognition of dedicated community service. Since eight years ago, he has been working on marine protection like ghost nets, shorelines, beaches, and mangrove tree areas. Ghost Net is a significant part of his work in the sea.

Therefore, he is known as “Ghost Nets Killer.”

Why the ghost net? Ghost net poses harm to life – human life and marine life. As a diver himself, he has experienced tangling in a ghost net that caused him so much trouble to get out of it. You can guess the potential consequences.

He has seen much marine life killed by ghost nets – crabs trapped, coral lack of sunlight to survive, boat anchor caught.

At the retirement age, he has determined to “do good things, spread good works.” The success in talking in seminars over a hundred times, being nominated as an influencer, and having a supportive relationship with the authority drives him more into the cleanup promotion campaigns. It is not because of fame, but because of the works have progress and the message widespreads.

Years ago, nobody around him cared about ghost nets. They would think about why it matters to them. Now, Harry is happy that more and more people come to him, joining their green events, spreading the words for underwater ghost nets issues with their company staff and organization members.

The public relations work takes him a lot of time, but he knows he has to do it. Just do it to make sure the cleanup works continue to the next generations.

Setting an example by personally taking part in an underwater cleanup makes him be friends with a lot of young, enthusiastic divers. Harry truly wishes them to continue the cleanup work in the future when he is unable to work no more.

Video – Introducing Harry Chan – the pioneer ghost net killer in Hong Kong (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1knrx3E1iI)

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website: https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer,
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

Green resolution is always hard – this is why we need environmental consultant.

Thanks to Julia Park to explain why retrofitting existing buildings is not always easy and straight forward. It is advantageous to get the environmental consultant involved and apply environmental design in the early development stage. In the 21 century, let’s take a long-term environmental impact and healthy living conditions into consideration in the early urban development plan. 

Reference link: https://www.building.co.uk/comment/a-green-homes-revolution-or-total-mayhem/5109039.article

Protecting our environment is one of our right

What is Human Rights Day about?

10 December is Human Rights Day. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights #30 – No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights. A pleasant environment for our living and working is one thing; another is about our obligation to protect it. Explore with ANewR for how to improve our environment hand in hand.

Video – What is human rights day about?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J2lpug-QnM&t=3s)

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website: https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer,
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

Be a prestigious corporation, join green building action

We are your green building consultant.

Do you know? According to the official website, BEAM Plus, formerly known as HK-BEAM (first initiated in 1996), is one of the most widely used voluntary green building certification schemes of its kind globally, on a per capita basis.

Video – Our green building certification and BEAM plus consultancy services in Hong Kong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykpAl2ANRx8&list=PLAhMRxVnpy35mkq6fNDM-n9FCQJGxNVdE

This is ANewR. We are the BEAM Plus consultant for developers, architects, planners, building owners, contractors, and operators.

ANewR advises our clients on a wide range of green building matters, from project planning to detailed design and building construction. Our team is proficient in environmental monitoring, green building assessments such as noise from building equipment, life cycle costing, water-saving or reduction estimations, water quality survey, indoor air quality, thermal comfort measurements, construction IAQ management, room acoustic, and vibration.

Comprising numerous BEAM Professional, we can support your projects to achieve a higher environmental standard in compliance with relevant credit requirements of BEAM Plus for various types of buildings, including New Buildings, Existing Buildings, and Interiors.

Be a prestigious corporation, talk to ANewR about how to transform your premises into green spaces.

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website: https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer,
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

Hong Kong leadership in acoustic solution

We are pleased to see the Hong Kong leadership in initiating the innovative acoustic window in the public housing and the professional acoustic window consultant in bringing the acoustic window to life. Our honor is to have Mr. KK Iu, Father of Noise Control, to share his acoustic story. What was it like ten years ago? What is the improvement the acoustic industry has made? What is the role of acoustic people in the market?

Let’s find out more here about the acoustic development for our future.

What is Green Building?

Green building features such as energy efficiency, water efficiency, and waste reduction aim to achieve a pleasant living environment for you and me. Let’s continue to support the green building scheme.

Talk to us now to understand more about the green building at info@anewr.com.

BEAM Plus’s decade: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/hong-kong-green-building-council-hkgbc-_hkgbc-beamplus-greenbuilding-activity-6736851511655096320-oTbY