Green public housing estate to rise at former Kai Tak airport

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 January, 2010, 12:00am

An energy-saving system will be installed at the public estate planned at the former Kai Tak airport to help cut carbon emissions, according to the Housing Department.

Occupying 9.17 hectares, the estate will comprise 15 blocks with 13,300 flats and is expected to be completed by 2013.

Deputy director Ada Fung Yin-suen said the housing estate had adopted a sustainable and environmentally friendly principle for the development.

'We will use an energy-saving system to help cut down carbon emissions. Solar energy will also be used,' she said.

'The public housing estate has reserved areas for the green belt. The green belt is about 2.7 hectares, which is about 30 per cent of the construction site.'

A cooling system will be installed in the shopping mall.

There will also be LED (light emitting diode) lighting and a water-saving system.

A grid-connected solar energy system covering 1,200 square metres will be installed, supplying about 2 per cent of the electricity in each block.

Paths and flower beds will be built using recycled construction materials, some of them coming from the demolition of old public housing estates in the city. There also will be an electric car-charging system in the estate's car parks.

The department has conducted micro-climate studies to ensure good ventilation around the estate.

It also will reserve an area to set up an exhibition gallery showcasing the history of Kai Tak airport.