Sport is about our fitness; it can also be related to sustainability

We are all thrilled about the achievement of our Hong Kong gold medalists and the athletes in the Olympic Games. Coming up next is Paralympics involving athletes with a range of disabilities. After all these years, it is fantastic to see their efforts to be qualified to get a pass to the games competing with the outstanding athletes. For professional athletes, sport is a career with passion. For amateurs, sport can be a mental cure and physical fitness for them.

Photo above: The Government of HKSAR will boost sport by allocating funds.

Sport is about our fitness; it can also be related to sustainability – the timely topics worldwide right now. Sport England unveils that “Sustainability plays a key role in the design and management of sports recreation and leisure facilities”. The concept behind is just about why we need green buildings – sustainable facility drives down the running cost and does well to the pressing climate issue.

The sports sector does do encouragement by nature itself, promoting going places by walking, jogging, and biking and at the same time using less polluting vehicles. When it comes to a large sports event organisation, sustainable travel policies and energy-saving operations matter essentially to climate change.

It requires sustainable facility planning, commuting distance, quality of the route, safety and security. Such an active environment provokes the adaptation of the original landscape. Same as green building development, we should analyse the total cost over the project’s life, considering the operation and maintenance cost. Sport England indicates a possible framework for developing a robust strategy for any facility as below.

Diagram above: A possible framework for developing a robust strategy for any facility (extracted from https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/facilities-and-planning/sustainability?section=environmental_sustainability_and_sports_facilities)

The external environment can be dealt with by launching an environmental assessment; an indoor environment is another important quality affecting people. We are obliged to assess construction and development. For the interior environment, noise, heating and lighting are three crucial elements for the users’ comfort. The overall sensation is also about where the facility sits. Therefore, we engage a list of modelling to analyse the environmental situation.

The modelling we will apply for environmental analysis are:

Air quality model

  • Caline 4 (For vehicular emission)
  • AERMOD (For industrial emission)
  • emfac-hk (For vehicular emission)

Noise model

  • Noisemap (For road noise)
  • Soundplan (For road and stationary noise sources)
  • AEDT (For aircraft noise)

Energy model

  • Equest (For energy consumption)

Lighting model

  • Dialux (For indoor and outdoor lighting)
  • IESVE (For outdoor lighting)

Geographic model

  • ArcGIS (For statistical analysis)

It is exhilarating that sport has become aware by citizens thanks to the Olympic Games. When considering the sport and athletes’ future development, we should consider other factors to create the best possible facilities to advance our sport levels sustainably.

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)

Let tech master the task that is harsh for human

Photos below: Andante noise monitoring system

Andante, a relatively slow tune, is omnidirectional and reverberant. It is difficult to identify the sound source. When it occurs to a workplace, how could we ascertain the sound origin to settle the controversies?

ANewR has the answer – the Andante noise monitoring system comprising stations and platforms.

We are impressed that technology masters a task that is harsh for humans. In a construction site, lots of various equipment and people are operating nearby. When several sub-contractors work for one project, the job to identify the noise-control performance can never be straightforward. ANewR’s noise monitoring station can distinguish three-sixty noise directions – up or down, left or right. Incredibly, the noise compass equips with microphones assuring complete 3D sound occurrence detection. Directional data is exponentially mitigated in time to present a high accuracy indication. The project staff prepares to set the noise compass’s quality pointer to avoid false detection.

Further supported by the CCTV station, the construction activities are under close surveillance. Users can control all CCTV by a single button. CCTV with zooming power makes sure the inspectors witness all construction activities. The monitoring staff effortlessly investigates the dominant noise associated with the construction activities.

To effectively combat environmental negligence, random inspection and control are hardly adequate. Target enforcement action and strategy are placed to surveillance the risk. The risk-based approach uses a monitoring station and webcam system to surveil, and a web-based monitoring platform to release surveillance information. Andante is a sophisticated automatic noise monitoring system operating daily 24-hr continuously to supervise the construction noise monitoring works. It provides all noise monitoring, including measurement data, construction site videos and photos, and data analysis. The system also presents weekly and monthly monitoring data summaries to reflect the performance of the construction activity.

ANewR’s Andante system introduces a step-change in accepted automation methods for environmental monitoring of rail projects. Employed by the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) of Hong Kong, Andante was already successfully used when constructing the South Island Line (SIL) of MTR Corporation. In 2012, the annual Hong Kong ICT Awards awarded MTR the Certificate of Merit in the Best Green ICT Award category to adopt Andante under the monitoring scheme. With anticipated growing use on sites, we encourage its enactment in all infrastructure projects. 

Video – How can you find the noise, not with your ears, but with a scientific method?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiEHQhrxCBs

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

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.