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  1. Law on building inspections being drafted

    Posted Oct 06th 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam The government was drafting legislation for a mandatory building inspection scheme and a mandatory window inspection scheme to require private building owners to check their buildings and windows regularly, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said yesterday. ...

  2. Housing chief vows tough action on building inspections

    Posted Oct 25th 2005, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam Owners who fail to comply with mandatory building inspections will not escape criminal liability by simply passing the buck to incorporated owners' committees, the housing ... inspections should be shared among the flat owners of private buildings. 'We will make [this] clear when we draw up legislation which deals with private flat owners who refuse to take action ...

  3. Public split over building inspections

    Posted Jan 17th 2006, 12:00am by May Chan

    ... May Chan The public appears to be evenly divided over a proposed mandatory building inspection scheme, according to a government consultation. A key criticism was the lack of government ... and loans. The government will study different means carefully.' Under the mandatory inspection scheme, buildings more than 30 years old must be inspected every seven years. ...

  4. Building inspection debate near

    Posted Sep 22nd 2005, 12:00am by May Chan

    ... May Chan A consultation document on a long-delayed scheme for mandatory building inspections will be issued in the next few weeks, a senior official said. Permanent Secretary for Housing, ... management and maintenance, and this will be the direction the government is heading,' she told a seminar. The building inspection scheme is aimed at solving maintenance problems in old ...

  5. Building inspections move closer

    Posted Jan 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Wu, Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani and Elaine Wu The possibility of mandatory inspections for older buildings will be put to the public this year, with a draft bill expected to be ready in 15 months. ... for Housing, Planning and Lands Michael Suen Ming-yeung said yesterday the majority of respondents accepted that it was property owners' ultimate responsibility to look after their buildings ...

  6. News - China - CONSTRUCTION

    Shenzhen construction on hold after alert over cheap sand in concrete

    Posted Mar 16th 2013, 12:00am by HUIFENG HE

    ... He Huifeng in Shenzhen and Olga Wong Work on highest tower suspended after report of developers using cheap sea sand in concrete Shenzhen building alert Work on hold in Shenzhen building safety alert Several major property projects in Shenzhen- including what will be the city's highest building- have been ordered to suspend construction after CCTV reported that concrete used ...

  7. Comment - Letters

    What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

    Posted Oct 24th 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... On a proposal to require new buildings in HK to be built to withstand earthquakes: Ellen Oi Lun Cheung- Risk of earthquake in Hong Kong? This is the first I have ever heard of it. Look at those vulnerable tall and skinny buildings on the slopes. Hope the quake will never happen. Bob Howe- First they should consider trying to make something that will last more than 30 years…and ...

  8. More funding urged to speed up building safety inspections

    Posted Aug 12th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong The fire risks of many old buildings makes them 'time bombs', and more funds should be earmarked for inspecting them in the wake of Sunday's fatal Mong Kok fire, according to local politicians. Meanwhile, a Security Bureau spokesman said that fire safety equipment in all karaoke venues in old buildings would be inspected within a month. He said action would ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong buildings still unsafe after Fa Yuen fire

    Posted Mar 28th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... Yet the government has so far checked only two-thirds of the 9,000 old composite buildings during a two-phase inspection programme. More than half of them were found to have problems, ... It is good that the government appears to be getting serious in the wake of the Fa Yuen Street fire. The pledge to step up inspections of the remaining 6,500 buildings, along with a HK$230 million ...

  10. Inspected buildings could be certified

    Posted Feb 04th 2010, 12:00am by Olga Wong, Paggie Leung

    ... Olga Wong and Paggie Leung Certificates could be issued to old buildings that pass inspections launched since the tragedy in To Kwa Wan, to reassure owners they are safe. Director of Buildings Au Choi-kai said the department had checked 362 buildings over the past two days, after the Development Bureau had committed to inspecting about 4,000 buildings more than 50 years old ...




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