Green Building

Time to set targets on green buildings

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing is leading an interdepartmental steering committee to provide guidance for green building standards. Photo: Sam Tsang

It's no secret that Hong Kong's buildings are the primary source for energy and greenhouse-gas emissions, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that green buildings are the key to radical transformation of that statistic.

Friday, 8 February, 2013, 3:25am

Project has best of old and new

Benefiting from an ambitious master plan, which has brought about thoughtful regeneration of south central London, the new Blueprint development draws on traditional design elements while offering a truly contemporary feel.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Building a green future

Green engineering and environmental sustainability are redefining how the construction, manufacturing, energy and practically all industries, and the government, operate.

As more eco-friendly concepts are introduced and applied in every project, operation or product, specialists called environmental engineers are finding themselves the target of zealous head hunters.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Energy to spare at greenest building

The designers and developers of Hong Kong's first zero-carbon-emission building plan to exceed the international standard - which is to say a structure that produces as much energy as it consumes.

Their ambition is to have a building that produces more energy than it consumes, one which will send a surplus to the city's grid.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Let government buildings set green example

The government encourages companies and individuals to use fewer plastic bags and switch off air conditioners to save the environment but has failed to set an example with its own buildings, an eco-friendly building material company and the Green Council have charged.

4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Bid to ease rules on office-house conversions

In Britain, government proposals to allow offices to be converted into homes without planning permission may provide development opportunities for investors, planning experts say. Changing a building from commercial to residential use can increase its value.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Green shoots appear in new developments

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.

21 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Desire for land revenue stifles good planning

Nearly 10 years ago, the government started to encourage property developers to construct greener residential buildings with features like balconies that improve quality of life. In some jurisdictions, the authorities might just rewrite the building code to make such features compulsory.

17 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Hong Kong Faces

In 2006, Bruce Hicks left his job as chief executive officer of Sunday Communications, the mobile phone brand that had been acquired by PCCW a year earlier. After more than two decades in Hong Kong's telecommunications industry, he was ready to change direction. He decided to become an 'eco-preneur', starting a pair of environmentally friendly businesses.

18 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Green buildings make sound financial sense in the long term

Congratulations to the Hong Kong government and the Council for Sustainable Development for forging ahead with new measures to encourage green buildings. I am director of property development firm Atria Properties. We are committed to creating properties that rest on strong socio-economic foundations.

10 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Incentives proposed for 'greener' buildings

Developers will have to meet a set of design guidelines if they want to get extra gross floor area for their projects, according to a government proposal.

29 May 2009 - 12:00am

Desire for greener HK must be addressed

Expectations for Hong Kong to be a more liveable city are continually evolving. The government will always have a challenging job satisfying demands. Policies cannot be rushed, and need time to take shape and be implemented. It is therefore essential that any new approach is guided by a clear vision that, at the least, meets immediate wishes.

29 May 2009 - 12:00am

Green features planned for HKU extension

Wind turbines, solar panels, rooftop gardens and more than 400 extra trees are among eco-friendly features planned for the University of Hong Kong's HK$2.5 billion campus extension.

1 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Eco-friendly concern is growing slowly

If you are an eco-conscious city dweller, you probably know that some cookers are 50 per cent more efficient than others, that energy-saving light bulbs consume a fraction of normal power and last at least six times longer, and that timber for furniture may be stripping the world's forests.

22 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Innovating for Sustainability

Conference will address environmental concerns and recommend pollution solutions

Global warming and environmental degradation have made sustainability a way of life in Hong Kong and across the globe.

28 Nov 2007 - 12:00am