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  1. 'Polluter pays' a challenge, says Tsang

    Posted May 25th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai Waste-disposal charges, renewable energy targets and environmentally friendly building designs are among the key elements of Hong Kong's first sustainable development ... the Urban Renewal Strategy Assess the impact of mandatory requirements for sustainable building designs by 2007 ...

  2. On the tiles

    Posted Jul 31st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... If you've trawled Mongkok and Wan Chai for the perfect tiles and feel you've wasted your time, consider designing your own or having them designed for you. Someone who can help is Dominic Crinson, whose speciality is 'designing imagery to b ...

  3. Only one in four orders for repairs satisfied

    Posted Feb 19th 2005, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai Owners warned they face prosecution for failing to fix dilapidated buildings Only a quarter of dilapidated buildings hit with government maintenance orders in the past four years have been properly repaired, while one in seven demands have simply been ignored by owners. Director of Buildings Marco Wu Moon-hoi revealed the figures yesterday as he warned unco-operative ...

  4. One in 25 buildings don't meet standards: survey

    Posted Sep 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai About 4 per cent of 140 residential buildings in an old district had unsatisfactory building hygiene and safety, according to a survey by a research team from the University of Hong Kong. The buildings, mostly single blocks averaging 28 years old located in Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei and Tsim Sha Tsui, were surveyed and inspected by researchers from the Department ...

  5. A high-rise disaster waiting to happen

    Posted Sep 01st 2005, 12:00am by Barclay Crawford

    ... catastrophic building collapses. But the problem, he says, is that the government and property developers are unlikely to even look at his new crystal sensor and shearography technologies until the city is faced with such a disaster. 'If we don't do something, there is a high risk that this will happen, because buildings have a lifetime, just like us,' the soon-to-retire ...

  6. Green daze

    Posted Sep 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... sustainable building design died away,' says Wong, a council member of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA). Although top multinationals have recently begun to show a preference for eco-friendly office buildings, there has been little interest among residential developers or the public. Home buyers are more dazzled by fancy marble cladding and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Kevin ...

  7. New lease on life

    Posted Oct 07th 2005, 12:00am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... kwila (a timber used to build boats and jetties) from Resource Asia, for about $200 a tile. It's as waterproof as teak, but is a darker colour, and considered more stable for Hong ...

  8. $830m to tackle illegal structures

    Posted Mar 17th 2005, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai Unauthorised structures and unco-operative homeowners will be targeted by the Buildings Department under an $830 million provision. The money will be spent over five years in an attempt to remove more than 180,000 unauthorised structures across the city. Officials estimate prosecutions will reach 3,000 a year. Director of Buildings Marco Wu Moon-hoi had earlier warned ...

  9. Dollar saviour

    Posted Sep 16th 2005, 12:00am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... Renovating is daunting enough without the worry of blowing your budget. Peta Tomlinson shows how to save without sacrificing on style CREATING A DESIGNER look that doesn't cost a fortune is easier said than done. The key, according to those who' ...

  10. Talkback

    Posted May 10th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... this is not a matter that should involve the ICAC. It is caused by a simple design fault. Few engineers realise the long-term shortening effects of high-rise buildings and need to make due allowance for the overall shrinkage. As a building is constructed it shortens due to increased loading as subsequent floors are added. After construction there is long-term shortening. As the concrete ...




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