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  1. U-turn on floor area rule for developers

    Posted Mar 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong Developers must continue to reveal to buyers how much living space in a building has been offset by adding balconies, sky gardens and other 'environment-friendly' features after a government U-turn. The requirement had disappeared when the Buildings Department issued a new set of guidelines last month. There was an outcry from environmental groups, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/741696/u-turn-floor-area-rule-developers
  2. Expert advice can help in promoting ecologically aware offices

    Posted Mar 11th 2011, 12:00am by Wong Yat-Hei

    ... Wong Yat-hei Through advising on the design and implementation of green building features, such as solar panels, wind turbines and efficient ventilation systems, environmental sustainable ... firms and architecture practices. Many are architects or engineers who want to develop a career in the green building industry. 'Firms are becoming more aware of [the importance of] being ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/740515/expert-advice-can-help-promoting-ecologically-aware-offices
  3. Hysan Place sets new heights for environmental protection

    Posted Mar 18th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Alex Frew-McMillan Causeway Bay will be home to the greenest building in the city when redevelopment of the old Mitsukoshi department store is completed next year. Mitsukoshi and the Hennessy Centre, which housed the store at 500 Hennessy Road, are long gone, closed in 2006 and knocked down. Their replacement, Hysan Place, is the first building in Hong Kong to be pre-certified ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/741231/hysan-place-sets-new-heights-environmental-protection
  4. Shek O couple win 2nd chance in battle over illegal alterations

    Posted Jan 28th 2011, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu The son of Cathay Pacific founder Sydney de Kantzow does not necessarily have to demolish illegal structures at his house in Shek O in order to comply with a Buildings ... wrong in thinking that was their only option. He said a letter from the Building Authority to the couple in 2004 had said they could submit plans of the altered house and they might be accepted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/736981/shek-o-couple-win-2nd-chance-battle-over-illegal-alterations
  5. Developers may struggle to get plans approved

    Posted Jan 12th 2011, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu Developers planning to raze old buildings and develop residential projects on the sites they occupy face a tough new regulatory hurdle to secure approval for their plans. The developers must now convince the Buildings Department that they have a 'realistic prospect of control' before their redevelopment plans can be approved. But the definition of this condition ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/735450/developers-may-struggle-get-plans-approved
  6. Developers queue for green tests that boost floor area

    Posted Apr 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Olga Wong Developers hungry for extra floor area for their projects via government concessions are queuing for environmental assessments of their buildings that are required under a revised policy that took effect yesterday. Thirty new developments, including some big names, are already registered for a certificate from the Green Building Council. Apart from government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/963944/developers-queue-green-tests-boost-floor-area
  7. Green shoots appear in new developments

    Posted Mar 21st 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong landlords aren't famous for focusing on the frills. It's hard enough to find a public bathroom in many lower-grade shopping centres or office buildings. But some ... but help save costs in the long run. With Hysan Place, the first Hong Kong building to win precertification as a platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building, due ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/741508/green-shoots-appear-new-developments
  8. Inspectors break into flats

    Posted Aug 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Ng and Ada Lee Buildings Department officers broke into two subdivided flats in a dangerous building- invoking a rarely used power to carry out an inspection. Accompanied by police, ... in subdivided flats as a result of a nearby heavily partitioned old tenement collapsing in January last year. 'Before the action we made seven visits to the building but couldn't find ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/975203/inspectors-break-flats
  9. Making a design statement with eco-friendly bamboo

    Posted Aug 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alex Frew McMillan property.post@scmp.com Julia Washbourne recalls a life-changing moment in Ivory Coast five years ago, when she was on her way to visit a coffee plantation. Her vehicle was bumping down a dirt road towards a huge 'tunnel' made ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/976381/making-design-statement-eco-friendly-bamboo
  10. Months of work to finish opened station

    Posted Jul 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of cement dust in the air. Building work at the massive new station- purportedly the biggest transport hub in Asia- is far from finished, over a week after its opening. Vast piles of excavated earth ... for the opening ceremony.' Construction workers re-laying the pavement said they did not expect to be putting the final touches to the building for quite some time. 'The departures area ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/972897/months-work-finish-opened-station

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