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  1. Safety of our homes and offices must be assured

    Posted Feb 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the resources to ensure that high safety standards are maintained. Yet for thousands of buildings across Hong Kong, inspections have been considered too difficult to carry out and repair orders allowed ... with ready funding. We have a civil service that is well staffed and well paid. If inspections of buildings were deemed too difficult to carry out before, one has to wonder what the government sees ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Wider powers to enter and inspect flats

    Posted Oct 16th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng Buildings officers will have the power to enter and inspect a flat if they suspect illegal alterations or subdivisions have been made, under a new plan. Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said it was difficult for officers to enforce the current Buildings Ordinance, which allowed them to break into premises with a police officer only if there was a clear ...

  4. Building collapse report is far from adequate

    Posted Apr 29th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    .... Authorities have admitted there are problems in carrying out inspections. The Buildings Ordinance sets out strict rules on upkeep and renovation of buildings and flats, but enforcing them is at times ... When a building in a densely developed urban area falls down and kills people, the community rightly expects experts with powers of investigation to determine how it happened. Only ...

  5. Spotlight on latest products and services

    Posted Oct 26th 2010, 12:00am by Bernice Chan

    ... Testing, Inspection and Certification Zone. Other major exhibit categories include building and decorative hardware, building technology, green building, bathroom and kitchen, door and window, ... Bernice Chan The 5th Hong Kong International Building and Decoration Materials and Hardware Fair begins tomorrow and runs until October 30 at AsiaWorld-Expo. Held during the peak sourcing ...

  6. Building inspectors should use force: minister

    Posted Feb 05th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Ng, Olga Wong

    ... Joyce Ng and Olga Wong Officials carrying out safety inspections on old buildings should use their legal power to break in if necessary, the development minister said yesterday after the Buildings Department revealed its officers failed to gain entry to the ill-fated To Kwa Wan building a month before it collapsed. Officers tried to inspect the ground-floor shop of 45J Ma Tau Wai ...

  7. Work beside tilting building ends- for now

    Posted Feb 09th 2010, 12:00am by Austin Chiu, Joyce Ng

    ... for an inspection by Buildings Department staff. People living in old buildings have been on tenterhooks since the collapse of a 55-year-old tenement in To Kwa Wan on January 29, which cost the lives ... suggested amending the law requiring inspections of old buildings, to be passed this year, to require internal checks and to shorten the inspection period from every 10 years to every five to eight ...

  8. Bill to speed up development of old buildings

    Posted Jan 27th 2010, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... rid of buildings that pose 'a serious threat to public safety'. The changes are contained in a bill published last week that calls for the introduction of mandatory inspection every ... inspections. Kwan opened a clinic in a 600 square foot flat in a 40-year-old building on Hennessy Road 20 years ago. 'This is a good policy. Many people have been hit by falling concrete ...

  9. We have to get serious about building standards

    Posted Feb 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... consideration would change this. It requires owners to have their buildings and flats inspected every 10 years and, if necessary, repaired. Penalties will be raised substantially. It has to be approved ... Legislators are examining a new law to prevent another building collapse like the one in To Kwa Wan. The timing is coincidental; the measures being discussed have been years in the making ...

  10. Building 'experts' crawl out of the woodwork

    Posted Feb 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... order last month. In fact, the administration had earlier submitted the Buildings (Amendment) Bill 2010 to implement a mandatory building and window inspection scheme. The tragedy will no doubt ... scheme in each district to help owners manage building safety by appointing professionals to carry out inspection and maintenance work. A senior representative of the Hong Kong Institution ...




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