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  1. Buildings for the future

    Posted Jul 13th 2007, 12:00am by Tim Metcalfe

    ... at the forefront of green design. 'Although not as well established in Hong Kong and China, the green building trend is catching on fast,' Mr Edge said. 'Developers who do not sell their buildings but continue to own and operate them have been the first to embrace the change as the operating cost savings go directly into their pockets. 'Traditional developers, however, are also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/600304/buildings-future
  2. Go with the flow

    Posted Nov 16th 2007, 12:00am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... Kong and Bali, the firm builds recyclable drainage systems to irrigate landscapes and creates alternatives to conventional air-conditioning systems using natural ventilation, desiccant cooling- a dehumidifier that uses renewable, non-energy-consuming materials- and 'earth sheltering', where a building is partly buried in the ground, or given a grass roof, for insulation (as ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/615840/go-flow
  3. Flat owners upset by order to tear down illegal walls

    Posted Oct 25th 2007, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... their balconies to the original state. Tang Hing-lau, 75, who owns a flat in Yuet Ming Building, one of those affected, said: 'The government has the right to do so, but it is totally inconsiderate.' He said 272 households in the building had each paid more than HK$38,000 last year to repair the exterior walls and public areas of the building. Mr Tang said the repair works in three ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/612840/flat-owners-upset-order-tear-down-illegal-walls
  4. Green house effect

    Posted Oct 26th 2007, 12:00am by Kavita Daswani

    ... The really noisy, inconvenient work is done far away. It makes the whole process of home-building almost civilised. They're no ordinary homes. They are kit-set dwellings manufactured by LivingHomes, a Los Angeles-based company that specialises in building modular homes that are also environmentally sustainable and ecologically friendly. The house in Brentwood, which will have been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/613110/green-house-effect
  5. Fondness for facade engineering takes off

    Posted Nov 16th 2007, 12:00am by Unus Alladin

    ... Unus Alladin Facade engineering has become one of the newer trends in building construction as architects find ways of expressing the style of the building while giving it functionality. ... in numerous building projects in Hong Kong and abroad. One of the top architectural firms in Asia, the company was more recently involved in the construction of the Chong Hing Bank headquarters on Des ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/615737/fondness-facade-engineering-takes
  6. Energy efficiency codes may become compulsory

    Posted Dec 29th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai Bill follows poor response to voluntary green building codes The government is proposing to make its voluntary building energy codes mandatory by 2010 to reduce power consumption. They would apply to all new commercial buildings and to public areas of new residential and industrial buildings, as well as to existing buildings undergoing major renovation. The codes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/621056/energy-efficiency-codes-may-become-compulsory
  7. Compulsory energy codes help clear the air

    Posted Dec 29th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The link between buildings and air pollution is not readily apparent. You cannot see it by looking at a building, as you can by looking at vehicles with smoky engine exhausts, or easily apportion blame as you can to emissions from coal-burning power stations. But these emissions reflect the link. Government figures show that buildings account for up to 89 per cent of Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/621069/compulsory-energy-codes-help-clear-air
  8. Move towards greener buildings gains pace

    Posted Jun 27th 2007, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... the environment and promote greener practices have one thing on their side- the power of multiplication. It takes just one good initiative multiplied by dozens of buildings multiplied by hundreds ... maintenance and cleaning of all central ventilation and air-con systems,' said Mr Leung. 'More than 30 per cent of our buildings now have an IAQ certification scheme award and, ultimately, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/598305/move-towards-greener-buildings-gains-pace
  9. Green cover rules urged for developers

    Posted Jul 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... to a consultancy study commissioned by the Buildings Department. The study also recommends that a much-criticised policy which rewards developers with extra gross floor area for adding so-called green ... of development along its West Rail line. A source close to the department said the study- which reviews building design in relation to the city's urban environment, looking at such things as air ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/601528/green-cover-rules-urged-developers
  10. 10-year checks for old buildings

    Posted May 19th 2007, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong The government has finalised plans for introducing mandatory inspections on private buildings aged 30 years or more- some of which are showing signs of crumbling- in a bid to improve safety. The new measures will be presented to lawmakers for discussion next week, a government source has revealed. Under the scheme, buildings more than 30 years old will be required ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/593504/10-year-checks-old-buildings

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