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  1. Incentives proposed for 'greener' buildings

    Posted May 29th 2009, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... specifying a minimum amount of greenery, gaps between buildings and street widths, are aimed at improving the living environment. Developers of buildings with more environmentally friendly features ... The consultation will ask if meeting the guidelines should be made a condition for receiving incentives given for green buildings. The guidelines suggest that for sites larger than 1,000 square metres, 20 ...

  2. New body to revamp green ratings for buildings

    Posted Nov 16th 2009, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong A government-backed Green Building Council will open on Friday in a bid to steer the local market in a more environmentally friendly direction and create more green business opportunities. On the day it is established, the council is expected to announce details of a new green-building rating scheme designed for the whole region, and a set of more stringent energy codes ...

  3. Call for master design plan for city

    Posted Dec 15th 2009, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong The government is being urged to look beyond individual sites in revamping its building rules and come up with a master design plan. It should dump the present piece-meal ... by legislators to seek views on how a government policy, under which developers are able to build more flats in return for adding 'green' features to their buildings, should be revised. ...

  4. Building design controls opposed

    Posted Jul 11th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng An architect working for a leading property developer yesterday spoke out against government proposals to impose building design controls and cut back on the amount of extra floor ... extra gross floor area in projects that include features such as balconies and podium gardens. The policy has been blamed for allowing developers to increase the height and bulk of buildings ...

  5. Incentives urged to drive desire for green buildings

    Posted Jun 01st 2009, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong Green buildings should be affordable for Hongkongers, architectural experts said as they urged the government to introduce tax incentives and legislation to stimulate demand for more sustainable architecture. They said the stick-and-carrot approach adopted overseas lowered the construction cost of environmentally friendly buildings. Green flats would become widely ...

  6. Architects say standards too easy

    Posted May 12th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng Architects and surveyors say the Urban Renewal Authority should not feel complacent about satisfying the present green building rating system, which is outdated and even approves of wall-like towers. They say the present standards are easy to achieve and the authority should adopt new standards when they are updated at the end of the year. The Hong Kong Building Environmental ...

  7. Successes overseas provide lead for HK

    Posted Jan 12th 2009, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong Green design has become a key consideration for flat buyers in such places as Australia, the United States, Japan and Singapore. Labelling schemes for green buildings are widely ... is not informed of those given low ratings. The founder of the local scheme, the Hong Kong Building Environmental Assessment Method Society (HK-Beam Society), says it is not allowed to disclose ...

  8. Babyproofing homes can prevent accidents

    Posted Oct 16th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... However delightful it is to hear the patter of tiny feet around the house, parents of young children need to be eternally vigilant against accidents in the home. Common sense, careful design and appropriate gadgets can go a long way towards creating the s ...

  9. Buildings Department clerks stage one-day stoppage over wages cut

    Posted Aug 12th 2009, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun More than 30 Buildings Department clerks staged a one-day strike yesterday in protest against a 15 per cent pay cut imposed by an outsourcing contractor. The workers- directly ... At one stage, they burst into the building to seek a meeting with Director of Buildings Au Choi-kai. The department said it had set up a task group to explore ways of resolving the dispute. ...

  10. Green option

    Posted Sep 25th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Office security specialists have 'barely scratched the surface' in using information technology to make buildings greener and more secure. Building systems engineers have begun ... professionals in the world of Integrated Security and building management systems face is what Mark Hargraves, head of physical protective security for HSBC, calls legacy. People tasked with making ...




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