It's a relief to get the weight off

Last week's section of our long walk from Mongolia to Hong Kong took us over the border from Inner Mongolia and into Shanxi province, where ridge-backed mountains roll across the landscape like huge breakers in an earthy sea.

Tuesday, 27 December, 2011, 12:00am

Insulate against bills

Energy-conscious homeowners who want to minimise the cost of heating and cooling their homes use efficient windows. But the key is knowing what upgrades are the best value for money.

Interior designer Gary Lai renovated a Mid-Levels home in which he installed double-glazed windows in the living area to buffer noise from the street.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Fans fail safety tests

Only one out of 12 electric fans recently tested for safety by two watchdogs passed all the assessments for insulation and heat resistance.

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Flammable foam lined Shanghai tower before fire

Three days after a fatal blaze razed a Shanghai apartment block, the question on the lips of many residents is how the building had effectively been lined with firelighters - on government orders - and just how many other homes are at risk of a similar fate.

19 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Green roofs help to cool things down

The green roof movement is slowly taking root in Hong Kong. A green roof, as opposed to the collection of potted plants typically found on Hong Kong rooftops, refers to a continuous layer of soil and vegetation that covers the surface of a roof. Think of it as a lawn on the roof that you can play, relax, lie on and walk on.

9 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Warning over spring-loaded umbrellas

New spring-loaded umbrellas - which expand and collapse with a push of a button - may cause injuries, the Consumer Council warned yesterday.

The council said trying to push the handle into place could cause injuries after recent reports that handles have sprung back and hit people.

17 Sep 2008 - 12:00am


HKU's Sam Hui lists the public and private benefits

Public benefits

Mitigate urban heat island effect

Reduce dust and pollutant levels

Rainwater retention

Natural habitat for animals/plants

More natural look for urban landscape

Private benefits

Increase life expectancy of roofs

9 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Perfect landing

Ten tips to arrive in style:

1. Don't use too many hair-styling products prior to taking a long-haul flight - it will result in sticky, flat hair, according to one Hong Kong hair stylist. Instead, if you are a frequent flyer, opt for a shorter, layered cut that will look natural even after a long flight.

5 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Blanket coverage

Sick of shivering outside at the mercy of the elements, then shivering inside at the mercy of Arctic air-conditioning?

The management at the new Palace IFC cinema in Central have solved this dilemma by loaning cosy blankets to patrons who want to snuggle up in the smart new cinema's leather seats.

29 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Warm school a gift of love

Children in one of the mainland's coldest provinces stayed snug during a freezing winter, thanks to a 'warm school' donated by an insulation company.

24 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Feline friend's warm gift

In one of the coldest places on Earth, a gift from the Pink Panther means 200 Inner Mongolian students will be a lot warmer this winter.

10 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

$2m appeal

At least $2 million is required to buy blankets and jackets to keep thousands of poor and elderly warm. The Hong Kong Red Cross has made an urgent appeal for donations to purchase 10,000 blankets and 10,000 jackets because its stock is running out.

8 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Secret of success

PETROCHEMICALS (Malaysia) aims to achieve ISO 9001 next year with the implementation of an aggressive computerisation project.

Petrochemicals, the first polystyrene manufacturer in Malaysia, has purchased SSA's BPCS system as part of its efforts to improve customer services.

7 Jun 1993 - 12:00am

Blankets issued

AS temperatures dropped over the weekend, the Social Welfare Department distributed 542 blankets to street sleepers throughout the territory. The Royal Observatory says the cold weather will continue until Wednesday.

18 Jan 1993 - 12:00am