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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. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - PLANNING

    Developer Bonds Group buys old Kowloon City buildings for HK$242 million

    Posted Nov 08th 2013, 04:07am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Bonds Group gains right to redevelop three old buildings in Kowloon City – the first project under Urban Renewal Authority scheme HK$242m bid wins tenement ... for the buildings. "The price was about 10 per cent higher than I had expected," Bonds chairman Anson Chan Yiu-cheung told the South China Morning Post. "But I still wanted the buildings ...

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    Girl's death prompts plea for flexibility on window grilles

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 04:38am by Olga Wong

    ... gaps as wide as 12.7cm. Kai Shing Management Services, a subsidiary of developer Sun Hung Kai Properties, said the decision was made to improve the appearance of the building. Media reports ... building surveying division, said one accident did not justify tighter rules, but "management companies should act professionally to allow residents to choose what suits them best". ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Declaration of interest row after Lands Department official bought 13 plots

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 04:25am by FANNY FUNG, Olga Wong

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung and Olga Wong Lands Department to review procedures after official buys 13 plots in area she oversees and wins right to build homes from board she sits on Row over ... in the district and planned to build four houses there. Lands assistant director Anita Lam Ka-fun and her surveyor husband Thomas Tang Chiu-man bought the 8,274 square metres of agricultural land in Tsing ...

  8. Restorers of damaged historic mansion find tiles that are almost a perfect match

    Posted Jan 05th 2009, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... off the building. Experts said the new tiles were about a 90 per cent match to the originals but were darker in colour. Government sources said all required building materials could ... resulting in darker-coloured tiles that were more durable. He monitored restoration work on the building on Thursday and issued instructions to workers installing the tiles on the roof after ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Official in lands row to get new posting

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 05:28am by Olga Wong, FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... Planning Board's Rural and New Town Planning Committee, of which Lam is an official member, approved the couple's application to build four houses on the land. Lam had declared her ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    High management fees likely for single-block developments, say property specialists

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 03:42am by Olga Wong

    ... trend towards single-block flat developments as a result of the government's aggressive hunt for building land is likely to push up management fees for buyers of both private and subsidised ... "I'm afraid the fee will escalate to HK$3,000 with inflation and ageing of the building." The fee is close to the monthly payment of HK$2,500 on a 25-year mortgage and, at about HK$4.20 ...




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