The Housing Authority (HA) has started piloting Building Information Modelling (BIM) since 2006. The newest buildings are also equipped with Building Management System (BMS) in order to manage resources and reduce the energy consumptions in November 2017. The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) issued the Building Information Modelling for Asset Management (BIM-AM) Standards and Guidelines to provide a reference, for consultants and contractors, on BIM standards, coding standards and information requirements for the most common 21 types of electrical and mechanical (E&M) systems and assets from construction to handover stage for building operation. In a technical circular issued by the Development Bureau, the Hong Kong BIM policy roadmap was laid out. The use of BIM is optional for projects in the investigation, feasibility study and planning stage. However, from 1 January 2018, the use of BIM technology is now mandatory for all projects designed under design and construction consultancy agreements or investigation, design and construction consultancy agreements. As BIM is a complex process, the challenge is the lack of competence of end-users in the market. According to the VTC Manpower Survey Report of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Industry 2017, the number of vacancies in the E&M Engineering sector increased.
Therefore, the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Building Services Engineering and Sustainable Development programme can cater the demand of secondary school leavers on Building Service Engineering programmes in the market. The fundamental and essential knowledge on engineering mechanics, dynamics, electrical engineering, energy engineering, and environmental engineering, etc. together with the advanced subjects in building service engineering, environmental science and engineering, project management, etc. are included in the curriculum of this programme. This programme is now applying the accreditation from HKIE.