Building Biology

Students told 'turn on AC' in toxic gas dorms

Students arrive at the Kennedy Town student accommodation, after spending a week in off-campus hotels. Photo: Nora Tam

The University of Hong Kong has alarmed air-quality experts by advising students living in its formaldehyde-plagued new residential halls to switch on air conditioners to ensure fresher air.

Friday, 14 September, 2012, 2:59am

Fresh perspective

Given Hong Kong's pollution, air purifiers can be a godsend, especially on those particularly muggy days. And the home-proud no longer need to contemplate something clunky and clinical-looking. Designers are making the appliances, some of which boast hi-tech or green touches, look like integral parts of a modern living space.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Purification fails to clear the air at Legco

It is not just pollution on the streets lawmakers have to worry about - even the air in the new Legislative Council complex could leave them coughing and rubbing their eyes.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

What's being said on

Pan-democrats face a rethink after their district council election rout:

Patrick Shu Wing-lee - The split of the pan-democratic parties benefits the pro-establishment camp only.

Wendy Yap - I feel that the people of HK voted wisely, congrats.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Breath of fresh air for leaders

Many may have wondered how top Communist Party leaders cope with the dense smog that frequently chokes the capital, with air quality recently plunging to the worst levels since before the 2008 Olympics.

The answer turns out to be simple: mainland leaders, keenly aware of the health hazards of air pollution, have been enjoying a special supply of clean air for years.

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Dishing the dirt on cleaning products

When Hong Kong mother of two Tracey Kwong goes to the supermarket, she takes time to read the labels on household products.

She avoids any product containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) - gases or vapours that may have adverse short- and long-term health effects on humans and animals - such as isopropyl alcohol, naphthalene and methylene.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

Air quality task force meets once in 8 years

An official task force set up 13 years ago to improve indoor air quality has met only eight times, and none of their projects has received public recognition, the Audit Commission said yesterday.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Solution to combat air pollution

There appears to be no end in sight to Hong Kong's pollution woes. On most days, the air is filled with smog.

The city's filthy air has resulted in an increasing demand for home air purifiers.

Teresa Lam, from IQ Air, has seen a 30 per cent growth in demand for air purifiers over the past 12 months.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Save your breath

If you're worried about the recent bird-flu case, you might like to know about an indoor air purifier that claims to remove airborne viruses. Oxyvital is a Hong Kong company that says its purifiers are 100 per cent effective in removing viruses such as H5N1, H1N1 and Sars, and its claims are backed up by research from the Beijing University of Technology.

5 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Half of residents hit by air-con exhaust

Poorly designed buildings expose half the city's residents to hot air blown from neighbours' air conditioners, a survey by an environmental group has found.

Green Sense polled 1,262 residents this month and found 53 per cent were forced to switch on their air conditioners because of hot exhaust from neighbours' air conditioners making their flats uncomfortable.

27 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Bypass vent will ruin views, say critics

Harbour advisers are concerned that a ventilation building for the Central-Wan Chai Bypass will occupy a large area of a waterfront site, polluting the public open space with exhaust fumes and ruining views.

29 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Bad atmosphere

Life has not been the same since my meeting on Friday with indoor air consultant George Woo. I had always thought of air pollution in terms of grey skies, cross-harbour visibility and diesel fumes. The roadside readings are bad today, so I must stay off the streets as much as possible, my subconscious would tell me.

16 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

More legionnaires' deaths spark concern

The Centre for Health Protection vowed to find the cause after the number of legionnaires' disease infections and deaths hit a new high this year.

Twenty-six cases have been reported this year. This is a sharp increase from 13 cases in the whole of last year, 11 in 2007 and 16 in 2006.

18 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Products that help jazz up the home

The HomePhone+ offers a new way of using home telephony. The SmarTone initiative allows users to make and receive overseas calls through the internet without a computer, free.

29 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

The answer is in the ventilation

Offices weren't invented, they just sneaked up on humankind like microwaveable curry, celebrity 'culture', air rage, global warming and nuclear proliferation.

27 Mar 2009 - 12:00am