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  1. Green technology meets resistance in HK

    Posted Sep 10th 2008, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... (AEC) and an expert in various aspects of sustainable design. 'If you look at new buildings they are almost identical to 30 years ago. The technology exists to do things better but is not applied in the building industry, which is way behind. The resistance is tremendous.' He added that if companies were really building for the future, they should be continuously monitoring ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/652042/green-technology-meets-resistance-hk
  2. Tower rises to the energy challenge

    Posted Oct 31st 2008, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... John Cremer Any developer embarking on a project as ambitious as the 490-metre 118-floor International Commerce Centre in West Kowloon knows that the building will serve as both a physical ... when fully completed in 2010, will rank at least for a while as the world's third-tallest building, they expected to have hi-tech installations, tailor-made layouts and environmental ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658313/tower-rises-energy-challenge
  3. Mansion ruled a monument

    Posted Jul 12th 2008, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong The defaced King Yin Lei mansion was formally declared a monument yesterday, with the government saying it had taken measures to protect the damaged building from rainstorms ... to be completed in 2010 and the owner would pay the costs. 'In the meantime, a waterproof nylon cover has been installed on the roofs and broken windows as an interim measure to protect the building ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/644889/mansion-ruled-monument
  4. Diary of a renovator: Held in check

    Posted Aug 08th 2008, 12:00am by Xiu Fang

    ... Xiu Fang Some things you cannot scrimp on. Long before renovation started on my village house I determined where I could 'save' money and what was worth a splurge, time- and money-wise. After waterproofing and drainage came flooring. So started ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/648257/diary-renovator-held-check
  5. Top Idea

    Posted Jun 06th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lisa Bengtsson, best known for her stunning wallpaper designs, has turned her eye to ceiling prints. Designed for Parafon- a Swedish company that makes roofs for public spaces- the prints are a chic alternative to ceiling tiles. Check out www.lisabengtsso ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/640475/top-idea
  6. Flights of fancy

    Posted Nov 14th 2008, 12:00am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... for easy installation. Enzie stepped up the aesthetics of its designs after being commissioned to build an outdoor staircase linking the upstairs balcony with the poolside terrace of a Sydney ... are vital in ensuring a staircase is safe, so if in doubt check the relevant building codes. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/660122/flights-fancy
  7. Efficacy of air purifiers put to test

    Posted Nov 15th 2008, 12:00am by Dan Kadison

    ... Dan Kadison 'Do not solely rely on air purifiers,' the Consumer Council cautioned yesterday. The watchdog said that while the machines might help clean the air, they might not completely rid an area of bacteria, viruses, dust mites, allergens an ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/660290/efficacy-air-purifiers-put-test
  8. One small step towards a fairer deal for homebuyers

    Posted Oct 12th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... For years, developers have been given a free hand to calculate creatively the gross and saleable floor areas of the homes they build. The government has always favoured self-regulation and market discipline. The result has been a wide discrepancy between the floor area a buyer pays for and the liveable space available. A 20 per cent shrinkage is considered generous of a developer; ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/655946/one-small-step-towards-fairer-deal-homebuyers
  9. Law review call to close signboards loophole

    Posted Jul 05th 2008, 12:00am by May Chan

    ... May Chan Legislators have urged a review of the Building Ordinance which, the Building Department has conceded, may allow signboards to be put on buildings without the consent of owners. During a meeting of the Legco home affairs panel yesterday, Buildings Department assistant director for existing buildings Paul Pang Tat-choi said the ordinance dealt only with issues of safety ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/644056/law-review-call-close-signboards-loophole
  10. CLP targets Guangdong in energy-saving push

    Posted Aug 06th 2008, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang CLP Holdings, the larger of Hong Kong's two electricity suppliers, has plunged into the rapidly growing energy-saving services business in Guangdong, which is grappling with persistent power shortages and stubbornly high fuel prices. The ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/647997/clp-targets-guangdong-energy-saving-push

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