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Green roofs can make city so cool

Escaping to the soothing surrounds of nature is becoming a rare treat for hard-pressed city dwellers. Ironically, Hong Kong's concrete jungle makes it possible to return to nature.

Friday, 17 December, 2010, 12:00am

Beating the heat

A University of Hong Kong (HKU) experiment to identify the best plant species to insulate the rooftops in new development areas and update old buildings is under way.

20 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Greening grows on Hong Kong as some cool ideas take root

Hong Kong's public housing estates are going green. In recent years, the Housing Authority has been using its public housing estates as laboratories for the latest green technologies, a move that could help reduce Hong Kong's air pollution and encourage more sustainable building practices.

24 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Roof gardens a cool way to save energy

Hong Kong is getting hotter, and not just during the sweltering summer months. The urban landscape with its closely packed high-rises and limited open space is trapping heat and restricting airflow, with the result that average ambient temperatures are edging up.

9 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Rooftop gardens challenge for green fingers

Schools are being encouraged to green up their roofs with vegetation in an environmental competition.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Green rooftops perfect foil for heat and smog

Hong Kong has the potential to turn its thousands of rooftops into gardens that would reduce temperatures in buildings and cut energy consumption on air conditioning, an academic said yesterday.

Jim Chi-yung, a professor of geography at the University of Hong Kong, said the rooftop greening method, which he was testing, would also cool down the city.

20 Dec 2006 - 12:00am


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19 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Falling tiles saga needs more than a quick fix

Hong Kong has had more than its fair share of public housing scandals over the years. The mysterious case of the falling tiles, which has hit 68 estates in recent months, is the latest problem. It requires further investigation.

7 May 2005 - 12:00am

On the tiles

If you liked Lego as a child, chances are you'll fall for Pop Concept's Pop Tiles. Just like the building blocks used to make model houses and cars, these polypropylene plastic boards can be slotted together to form anything from basic wall installations to more complex structures such as wardrobes or pillars.

23 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

High-rise gardening

Using Hong Kong's extensive roof space is nothing new. In the 1960s, when the population boomed and schools were in great demand, rooftop schools in residential buildings were a symbol of the territory. But examples such as this are the exception rather than the rule.

4 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Canopy collapse

A first-floor canopy suspected to be an illegal structure broke free from a building in Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, injuring a 20-year-old worker.

23 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Scheme to inspect canopies

OWNERS of old buildings with canopies may be forced to carry out inspections depending on the results of a government study to be completed by the end of the year.

25 May 1995 - 12:00am

Penalties for illegal building may treble

THE Buildings Department has proposed a more than threefold increase in penalties for carrying out unauthorised building work.

A department spokesman said it had reviewed penalties contained in the Buildings Ordinance and submitted its proposals for increases to the Planning, Environment and Lands Branch.

4 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Tougher rules on canopies apply to new buildings

TOUGHER planning regulations have virtually outlawed the construction of canopies on new buildings.

Those that are constructed use aluminium rather than heavy reinforced concrete.

2 Aug 1994 - 12:00am

Wide views over Sha Tin sure winner

SWEEPING views across the hills of Sha Tin, two terraced roof tops and a beautiful courtyard are the main attractions of this elegant duplex.

Fir trees line the landscaped garden which begins at the courtyard and stretches to the back of the house.

7 Apr 1993 - 12:00am