Hong Kong has approximately 2.65 million residential flats and 46 million m2 of non-domestic floor space. This generated a huge market and demand for property management service. Currently, Hong Kong has about 1,940 property management companies.
Traditionally, property management focuses in areas such as security, safety, cleansing and maintenance of essential utility services. Nowadays, in response to the increasing expectation of the general public to have a better environment and the global trend of every business to be more environmental friendly, property management needs to develop various environmental protection measures, such as implementing waste recycling and recovery programs, adopting energy saving measures, installing noise control works on ventilation system, establishing house-rules to control pollution problems generated by renovation works and providing good indoor air quality. To help the trade in implementation of environmental protection measures, the EPD initiated a partnership programme in 2001 to work with the trade to identify the trade need and to provide assistance and practical guidelines.
Programmes & Events
If not properly managed, renovation work often causes a variety of pollution problems, such as noise, malodour and waste nuisances. These environmental nuisances are particularly annoying to the residents for new residential development. In May 2001, the EPD started a pilot partnership scheme with the management companies of three new estates in Tsueng Kwan O to educate property managers, residents and renovation contractors on renovation pollution control. The response was encouraging and there was no complaint on the renovation activities from these three new residential estates.
The EPD staff proactively met with property management staff to convey environmental advice in controlling common pollution problems arising from renovation work.
Following the success of the pilot partnership scheme, the EPD further collaborated with the Hong Kong Association of Property Management Companies Limited and launched the formal partnership programme in October 2001. The objectives are to address the common pollution problems arising from various kinds of daily operations of the trade and to promote good pollution control practices in order to raise the environmental awareness of the trade and to enhance the overall building environmental performance.
Since then, the EPD has produced a lot of trade specific reference materials, such as posters, leaflets, reference guides, videos and website. The EPD also continues collaboration with the trade and other government departments to organize seminars, training workshops, environmental property management related activities and educational programmes.
EPD supported Quality Building Management Competitions organized by various District Councils to recognize outstanding green management initiatives of participating buildings.
Major Events and Activities
||Supported Sai Kung District Council in organizing the Sai Kung District Building Management Seminar and delivered a talk on Green Property Management.
||Engaged in the Quality Building Management Competition held by the District Council of Wong Tai Sin to audit the environmental performance of participating buildings.
||Delivered an environmental talk to property management practitioners.
If you are one of the property management trade practitioners, you are welcome to contact us by calling our service hotline at 2838 3111 or by email at email@example.com for seeking our help in implementing green property management practices.
The public are welcome to report pollution incidents related to property management operation by calling / faxing to our Customer Service Hotline at 2838 3111 or sending email to our respective regional offices for follow-up.