The aspects concerning architectural features, building design, electrical and mechanical systems for environmental control, and building management were the concerns of the government regarding the built environment. Sets of criteria were developed by every government in order to upgrade the building policies to satisfy further the country's policies in protecting the environment, less usage of energy, better waste management and water conservation. (Chow, 2003)
In addition, upgrading the country's policies on the built environment through green or sustainable buildings, the chance of fire accidents will also be lessened. Fire safety is yet another issue that is addressed by the green building policy especially in Hong Kong. Since 1996, the number of fire incidents in the country has appeared to be increasing. This phenomenon however did not leave other countries behind. Some of the most famous were the World Trade Centre and the South Korea underground railway fire. (Chow, 2003) The countries were alarmed by the situation therefore, green or sustainable building policies would be able to limit these incidents if not fully resolve it.
Green or sustainable buildings might give new architectural features where the prescribed fire codes are difficult to follow. ...Show more