Low-Energy Building

Call grows for green designers

With carbon footprint minimisation the prevailing trend in Hong Kong's construction sector, demand is set to rise for professionals accredited with international and locally recognised sustainable buildings standards qualifications.

Saturday, 5 May, 2012, 12:00am

The eco-friendly five

Although the term 'green' is subjective and covers a wide range of elements, environmental groups say these five buildings are among the most eco-friendly in the world:

Independence Station, Oregon

1 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Firm to advance energy efficiency in Hong Kong

Interest in green building technology in Hong Kong has increased significantly over the past few years.

14 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Power hungry

A survey has revealed that Hong Kong people waste electricity, with one in five often forgetting to switch off lights. What, if anything, could the government do to make us all more energy-conscious? Write to us.

5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Wonder walls

Government planners and developers take note: there are plenty of practical ways to breathe life into a community beset by bad air, congested roads and lack of space. And the city's architecture students are showing how that can be done with prize-winning projects in a contest organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.

12 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Go with the flow

Imagine a home that works in harmony with the environment - one made totally from renewable materials that creates its own energy and recycles water.

16 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Fondness for facade engineering takes off

Facade engineering has become one of the newer trends in building construction as architects find ways of expressing the style of the building while giving it functionality.

As we become more conscious about the environment, facade engineering has become more common with towering structures incorporating state-of-the-art technology.

16 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Call for green housing gains momentum

ARCHITECTS have joined independent legislator Christine Loh Kung-wai in calling for an exhibition of 'green' housing.

Ms Loh wants developers to emulate efforts made in other countries to build homes that are healthier to live in, use less energy and get it from recycled sources. She added that the new designs would reduce running costs for home owners and tenants.

20 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Architecture designs go 'green'

FUTURE residential buildings in Hongkong could halve energy costs with non-electrical heat and wind-generating devices. Residents could also use recycled waste to grow their own food on balconies and rooftops.

These futuristic-yet-sound environmental concepts were featured in winning designs of the Green Architecture Awards competition.

29 Mar 1993 - 12:00am

Critics put heat on draft energy rules

ARCHITECTS and engineers have criticised a Government handbook designed to make buildings more energy-efficient, saying it placed unnecessary restrictions on design work.

The draft handbook, issued by the Government last year, includes a proposed heat measuring standard, the Overall Thermal Transfer Value (OTTV), to measure heat transfer through the exterior of a building.

3 Mar 1993 - 12:00am