Indoor Air Quality

Indoor vertical gardens a growing attraction for Hongkongers

Margaret Chen, founder of SquAir Spaces, poses with the 'living walls' of plants at her office in Wong Chuk Hang. Photo: May Tse

In a city with bad air pollution and cramped apartments, Margaret Chen says bringing greenery indoors is an easy path to better air quality and peace of mind.

Wednesday, 10 April, 2013, 5:43am


The many pros of regular exercise

Nowadays many Hong Kong teenagers bury themselves in their studies or sit in front of their computers all day long. They do little exercise or play sports. Yet sufficient exercise is very important and brings many benefits.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Will you upgrade your TV for the digital age?

Just when Hong Kong enters a new era of digital broadcasting, it is also entering a disastrous pollution era.

7 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Schools need clear rules on smog dangers

The government guidelines to schools on how to react to high pollution days are outdated and inadequate. There is a need for teachers and parents to be given more accurate and meaningful advice. Recent high levels of pollution prompted some schools to take matters into their own hands, by cancelling outdoor events.

30 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Open windows 'best option for clean air'

Natural ventilation is the most effective way to improve indoor air quality, although some new building designs might limit the effect, an indoor-air-quality expert says.

Although air-conditioning might help filter out pollutants, the expert said it had to be used wisely or it could cause more problems.

3 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Move towards greener buildings gains pace

Property management companies trying to protect the environment and promote greener practices have one thing on their side - the power of multiplication.

27 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Smoky bars '10 times more polluted'

A study of indoor air quality in bars has found those that allow smoking are at least 10 times more polluted than those that ban it.

Lobby group Clear the Air visited five bars in Soho, Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai to test for pollution on Friday night. They used a machine that detects the concentration of dust particles in the air.

16 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Fair Facts & Events Highlights

Fair Facts

What Asian Elenex 2006, Asian Building Technologies 2006 and Asian Securitex 2006

When June 7-9

Where Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Total exhibition area 12,000 square metres

Number of exhibiting companies 570

Organiser Hong Kong Exhibition Services

1 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Better air flow touted against smoking ban

An entertainment industry group and a tobacco giant yesterday sought to promote better ventilation as an alternative to a smoking ban - but were immediately rebuffed by the government.

10 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Indoor proposals on way

A proposed programme to improve indoor air quality in offices and public places will be ready for consultation next month.

Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands Gordon Siu Kwing-chue said an inter-departmental management group was finalising the programme's technical details.

8 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

How Hong Kong keeps on move

From traffic lights to security X-ray machines, the Transport, Security and Central Services division has its hands full in helping to keep Hong Kong safely on the move.

30 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Inside story on clean air

I READ with interest the comments made by Alex Wong on September 8 and Karen Wong on September 12 on the chilling tem-perature settings in most Hong Kong buildings. Having spent three years in the business of indoor air quality improvement, we can shed some light on why the public goes through torture in a cold building.

19 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Indoor ills blamed on outside pollution

BLACK computer screens and black spots on the ceiling are signs of the filthy air polluting John Jarman's art gallery offices in Wan Chai.

Pointing to a filter covered in dirt from a portable electric air cleaner, he said yesterday that standards to improve indoor air quality would be useless without better air outside.

8 Aug 1995 - 12:00am