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Old November 23rd, 2008, 05:53 AM   #481
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Opinion : Renewal strategy is misguided
22 November 2008
South China Morning Post

I refer to the article by Urban Renewal Authority (URA) chairman Barry Cheung Chun-yuen ("The need for a sensible balance in urban renewal", November 18).

One should not confuse urban renewal with a welfare policy. If the latter aims to help people with the greatest needs, the URA has definitely failed the poorest districts of Hong Kong.

The areas it has earmarked for redevelopment are largely those with high development potential, such as Graham Street in Central, Staunton Street in SoHo, or "Wedding Card" [Lee Tung] Street in Wan Chai. These areas could have been regenerated without URA intervention. Very poor people who live in bad conditions in faraway districts with little development potential have not been helped by the URA.

Some buildings in URA-designated renewal areas may be dilapidated, but it is in fact "forced dilapidation" caused by the announcement of urban renewal for the area years ago. Building owners are not willing to pay for refurbishment, anticipating that the URA will one day take away their flats.

Sometimes these flats fall into the hands of investors. Some blocks in Graham Street, for instance, have a single owner and they have more bargaining power to negotiate with the URA to get better compensation. So the URA spends vast sums compensating these investors while small owners are left comparatively worse off in compensation.

Some old couples I know in Graham Street have not been able to buy similar flats in the area with URA compensation and must move to the New Territories.

The Urban Renewal Strategy is indeed very problematic as the URA, since its inception seven years ago, has created numerous problems in the districts that it tried to redevelop - the destruction of community networks (for example, Lee Tung Street), the obliteration of historic areas (Graham Street market) the insensitive construction of high-rise towers in already overcrowded areas. All this damage is sustained using public money.

We need an overhaul of the entire system and public money should be better spent. We must clearly identify the needs of our society and have a more holistic vision of how our urban areas should move forward.

As I said, good urban planning should not be confused with a so-called welfare programme, which is what is happening with the URA.

Katty Law, Central
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Old November 23rd, 2008, 08:34 AM   #482
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會地今年賣樓收入倒退逾半
22 November 2008
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【明報專訊】會德豐地產(0049)執行董事黃光耀表示,今年集團賣樓收入將倒退,07年賣樓達20多億元,今年則少於10億元水平,主要沽出物業包括碧堤半島及尖沙嘴商用物業,兩項分別套現3億及2億元,至於最近推出分佈於碧堤半島、又一居及碧麗花園等車位,共沽出近150個。

強調The Babington重推不減價

另外,會地早前開賣的港島西區The Babington,9月預售沽出小量單位,預留呎價在1.1萬至1.8萬元水平,主要集中於中低層單位,明年該項目推出不會調整價錢。他又謂,旗下位於油塘一項25萬呎、合計300個單位項目,正與政府洽商補地價中,希望補地價可彈性處理,以加快項目發展。

集團其他發展中項目,包括:太子道西211號,總樓面10萬方呎,計劃明年初動工和2010年推出,全屬1500方呎的大單位;西區卑路乍街46號收購項目,將於明年中拆卸重建,提供120伙、面積600至1000方呎的單位;位於九龍灣的九龍貨倉重建項目,規劃為「商業(2)」用途,現正申建住宅。
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New route to affordable luxury living
The expanding rail network is making Tsuen Wan an attractive area for property developers and homebuyers

24 October 2008
South China Morning Post

Railways once formed the arteries through which trade and industry flowed to new frontiers during many a pioneering era - and now Hong Kong is seeing a journey west of its own as expanding MTR links and other infrastructure offer homebuyers a route to opportunity.

With space for luxury accommodation on Hong Kong Island and central parts of Kowloon exacting a premium, the "out of town" option appears to be proving more attractive for those seeking upmarket accommodation.

Pivotal to the success of this vision is the expanding area on the western part of Kowloon. In the eyes of developers and planners, the concept starts with the iconic ICC Tower taking shape in West Kowloon - an area designated to form a cultural hub - past Nam Cheong, on to the district of Tsuen Wan and even further into New Territories West.

It is in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong's first new town, where one developer at least sees prestige residential projects forming the backbone of this trend.

Apartments at Sino Land's Vision City project in the heart of the town have been mostly sold to a solid mix of expat and local tenants who have put their faith in the area.

"When we prepared for the Vision City project we also studied the area of Tsuen Wan," said Salenda Lau, Sino Group's general manager of sales and marketing. "It's a very mature district and the first big [urban] centre you view when coming from the airport. Geographically, it's quite central in location to Hong Kong as a whole with the expanding MTR links.

"A lot of high-income earners are beginning to consider this."

Sino and other developers see the newer Tsuen Wan West station, on the former KCR line, as providing an essential link between Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and such projects as The Dynasty, the apartments overlooking Ramblers Channel. The Dynasty is due for completion next year and 90 of the 256 flats in the two-tower project are already sold.

As a joint development with the Urban Renewal Authority, The Dynasty complements Vision City and Sino's shopping and strolling areas in the centre of Tsuen Wan.

The scene is also set for more than 1,600 hotel rooms in an area where Ms Lau said facilities would be modelled on Pacific Place in Admiralty and Union Square above Kowloon MTR station.

A centrepiece of that vision will be Hong Kong's fifth tallest building in the shape of Nina Tower which will provide a five-star hotel in addition to grade A office accommodation.

Ms Lau said that the walking areas between Nina Tower and The Dynasty would boast 1.6 million sqft of open space, including Tsuen Wan Park and a promenade.

"We have seen an increasing interest in The Dynasty as all the apartments offer a sea view and there are views of Tsing Ma and Ting Kau Bridge, which is beautifully lit up at night," Ms Lau said.

Vision City is opposite Tsuen Wan Town Hall and five minutes walk from Tsuen Wan MTR Station, or three minutes walk from Tsuen Wan West Station.

It consists of 1,466 residential flats in five towers and a 180,000 sqft clubhouse. Sino said that a network of footbridges would connect Vision City to Tsuen Wan's major buildings, forming a "fully integrated city".

The MTR's Tsuen Wan West Station, Nina Tower and phases one and two of Vision City, the joint Sino and Urban Renewal Authority venture, are already forming the basis for this. These facilities, along with Yeung Uk Road Sports Ground and Chelsea Court, are all set to be linked.

The government's Skywalk will make the projects even more integrated. The HK$100 million facility will reduce walking times between the MTR stations and major residential and shopping developments. Government officials said that about 6,000 people an hour used the existing footbridge between Tsuen Wan's two MTR stations at peak times. That figure is expected to rise to 10,000 per hour by 2011.

Highways Department chief engineer Chu Shun-wah said: "To ease the congested pedestrian traffic and boost road safety, we will upgrade the existing footbridge network by building a new one along Tai Ho Road linking Tsuen Wan Station in the north with Tsuen Wan West Station at the south.

"When it is commissioned in 2011, it will cut the journey time between Tsuen Wan and Tsuen Wan West Stations to eight minutes from the existing 12 minutes and divert about 4,000 people from the existing pedestrian facilities."

Another feature of this rejuvenated Tsuen Wan is Citywalk, billed by Sino as Hong Kong's first green shopping mall. "After a HK$50 million investment in green initiatives, this 300,000 sqft. shopping mall presents a vertical garden the size of a standard tennis court, and Citywalk Piazza with landscaped water features and a hybrid chiller system that improves air quality and recycles waste water," a Sino spokesman said.

"The objective of the design is to provide shoppers with a fun, natural environment compared with conventional wall-to-wall shopping malls."

An MTRC spokesman said the rail links to Tsuen Wan would "strengthen Hong Kong's railway network and provide strategic connection for the East Rail Line and West Rail Line, improving access between the New Territories West and Kowloon West".

"The KSL [Kowloon Southern Link] will enable the one million population along West Rail Line's catchment in the New Territories West to travel to the heart of Kowloon by taking only a single railway trip," the spokesman said.

"Passengers from New Territories West can have easy and direct access to Tsim Sha Tsui East and other parts of Kowloon west. It will only take about 30 minutes to travel from Tin Shui Wai to Tsim Sha Tsui East."

Tsuen Wan district officer Alison Lau Chan Suk-chun described the town as, "a district where tradition and modernity intertwine".

Since the opening of the airport at Chek Lap Kok, the area's profile has risen with the Tsing Ma and Kin Tau bridges, symbolising while strengthening the town's links to other parts of Hong Kong.

"The new developments blend well with the traditional attractions in Tsuen Wan, making it an interesting district," the official said, adding that these traditional gems of Tsuen Wan can still be found in monasteries, temples and the Sam Tung Uk Museum.

The views of Hong Kong's iconic bridges and dining spots of Sham Tseng would already be familiar to those who choose to book into serviced apartments at The Bay View, overlooking Rambler Channel. With the Panda Hotel in the centre of town, it's long been a favourite with business travellers who want to be spared the longer journey from the airport to Hong Kong with the convenience of good transport links to the border, New Territories, Kowloon and Central.
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長沙灣ONE MADISON 1房開揚露台景
22 November 2008
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長沙灣ONE MADISON就近港鐵站,一開售就吸引不少投資者入市。今期採訪中高層自讓盤,339方呎,1房格局,樓底高,開揚市區景。業主以218萬元貼近一手價放售,打算平手離場。

於今年8月尾開售,信和長沙灣單幢新盤ONE MADISON,共有126伙,主打1至2房的中小型單位,面積介乎292至 697方呎,實用率約76%。物業設有會所,設備包括平台花園、燒烤場地、水療按摩池等,於舊樓雲集的長沙灣區算是罕有,而管理費為每方呎2.1元。樓盤的另一賣點是近港鐵站,由長沙灣站C出口,步行穿過元州街,可到達物業,路程約8分鐘。此外,物業附近為保安道街市,買餸也方便。

這次介紹的業主自讓盤,位於中高層B室,面積339方呎,1房間隔。單位空間迷你,所以布局亦盡量慳位,例如開放式廚房就設於露台旁,一組廚櫃已裝置了爐頭、雪櫃、微波爐及抽油煙機等設備。物業樓底約高10呎9吋,所以儘管單位細,儲物空間亦大可向高發展。B室座向東南,同區多為樓層較矮的舊樓,站於露台上亦可欣賞相當開揚的市區景色。房間和廳景觀同向,面積不算大,空間可容納單人牀。業主以一手價217萬元購入以上單位,現以218萬元出售,呎價 6,431元,希望平手離場。
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ONE MADISON 高樓底特顯空間
21 September 2008
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信和旗下西九龍新盤ONE MADISON銷情持續,日前更正式開放原為兩房設計的示範單位供參觀。整座物業樓高二十八層,單位面積由三百三十九至六百九十七方呎,共提供一百二十六伙,而一房單位已命名為MADISONLOFT,兩房單位命名為MADISONGRAND。其中示範單位位於二十八樓C室,面積六百九十五方呎,設計雅致。

白色天花配襯射燈

單位原則兩房,現改建成一房設計。甫進入示範單位,十一呎六吋高的樓層,以柔和的暖色為設計主調,配合居室設計,予人高貴典雅之感,單位內天花裝飾別緻,白色的天花裝飾與猶如繁星的射燈融為一體,而牆身則採用大型綑金邊鏡;客飯廳牆身掛上藝術掛畫,與居室布局配合,亦增添室內的藝術色彩;單位內客飯廳間隔分明,白色的雲石地板夾雜金色的裝飾,與牆上金色的牆紙配合閃石互相映襯倍添華麗色彩。

廚房以白色為主色,採用入牆櫃設計,而飯廳內掛上水晶吊燈,配合牆身畫框大鏡,透明的玻璃圓桌配上深啡色梳化椅,與居室布局互相配合,帶出瑰麗優雅格調;客廳擺放上白色的皮梳化,與金白色的窗簾互相配合,鏡面的裝飾及藝術精品,盡顯居室瑰麗之感;露台的特大落地玻璃窗連環保露台設計,大大提升室內的採光度。

L型大窗盡覽景致

睡房其中一面牆以大鏡設計,L型的大窗,讓住戶可盡覽區內景致;睡房以升高地台設計,擴大儲物空間,設計師更利用地台,將其中的一面設計成書架,而近衣櫃的地板則設計成收藏櫃,讓住戶收納自如,透門的玻璃書桌與淺啡色的梳化椅,整個房間設計與居室互相配合,充分展現出華麗典雅的氣派。
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壹號雲頂下周搶閘
峰景大宅銷七成 六本木五年免息

21/11/2008



發展商趁聖誕檔期來臨前積極推售旗下新盤,新地的沙田壹號雲頂昨剛取得預售文件,最快下周二、三公布首推單位的價單,料下周隨即開售及開放示範單位,該盤至今已錄10多名買家主動洽購特色戶,出價與發展商意向呎價1.8萬至2萬元相若,最快下周初率先落實特色戶交易,另長實的元朗四季名園夥銀行推首年最優惠利率(P相等5.25厘)減2.75厘低息樓按。

雲頂批預售 大屋獲洽購
新地代理執行董事雷霆稱,壹號雲頂剛獲批預售樓花同意書,由於仍需通知警方有關售樓安排及補辦少量手續,該盤最快下周才發售,首批約20伙的價單料於下周二、三公布,當中面積約2,600方呎的雲頂大宅及1,900方呎大單位將各佔一半,示範單位本周暫不安排買家參觀。

他透露,該盤首批將會先推第1、2、7、8座發售,當中共涉6個雲頂天池屋與雲頂御花園特色戶,至今已獲10多名買家主動洽購,出價與集團意向呎價1.8萬至2萬元相若,有關洽購最快下周初可望落實交易。

新地代理高級銷售及市務經理胡致遠稱,該盤夥ThreeSixty合作為住客提供購物送遞專線及健康生活顧問服務。代理透露,發展商已相繼接見出價洽購該盤特色戶的買家,示範單位有機會日內優先安排友好參觀。

嘉御山部署下周重售
代理指沙田嘉御山亦部署下周重售,複式戶呎價約8,500元起,嘉華國際營業總經理陳玉成回應,公司今相約代理參觀該盤面積6,000方呎大屋,但強調單位呎價仍須約1萬元起。

另長實高級營業經理袁添鴻稱,元朗四季名園峰景大宅已售約70%洋房,東亞銀行為該盤推首年P減2.75厘低息樓按,之後息口為P減2厘,買家可享免罰息期優惠,該盤下周起展開一連兩周的新界東等地區路演推廣活動。

個別新盤未能獲銀行承做按揭,發展商惟有自行提供過渡性貸款,興隆(遠東)向元朗六本木首10名買家提供五年免息分期供樓計劃,首期30%後,餘款70%在收樓後,標準戶買家每月償還按揭額0.75%,複式或全幢則還1%,省息逾10%。中原方啟明稱,該盤九月至今售10伙,平均呎價約3,800元,昨加推 4伙,入場費198萬元。
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the floor plan for one madison is really scary. the bedrooms can only fit beds in them...
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Yes. It' be much better if they just got rid of the wall and made it a 1-bedroom ... better yet, a studio.
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SHKP projects to face wary market
24 November 2008
Hong Kong Standard

Sun Hung Kai Properties (0016) is set to launch two residential projects this week amid weak sentiment in a market that has not seen new offerings for more than a month.

``The developer may need to reduce prices,''said Ricacorp Properties managing director Willy Liu Wai-keung. The initial prices were set when the market was booming, he noted, while prices in the secondary residential market have already dropped 20 percent.

Sun Hung Kai Real Estate Agency executive director Victor Lui Ting said prices for the first batch of 20 flats at Peak One in Sha Tin will be announced on Wednesday.

Half of the 20 homes are 1,900 square foot, while the others are 2,600sqft.

Lui said the lowest price will be set at HK$8,000 per square foot. He said some potential buyers are asking to buy premium units at a range of between HK$18,000psf and HK$20,000psf - close to the developer's initial prices.

Sun Hung Kai's other project, La Grove in Yuen Long, has also received the presale consent and is expected to be launched this week. It opens show flats for media viewing today.
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$100b plan promises 40,000 building jobs
26 November 2008
Hong Kong Standard

A government proposal to spend HK$100 billion on construction projects to create jobs will soon be submitted to the Legislative Council for approval, legislators were told yesterday.

Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor told a development panel meeting that 10 large infrastructure and community projects, such as the Central land reclamation, and other minor works are being planned.

The minor works would have a budget of HK$7.6 billion and these alone would create as many as 40,000 jobs.

She assured the panel there would be as few delays as possible but she also warned against making project slipups.

``We need to do these projects step by step _ not hastily just to create jobs today, as that would mean a setback for Hong Kong in the long term,'' Lam said.

She said the Central Phase III development, with a budget of HK$30 billion, would add 10,000 jobs.

Frontier lawmaker Emily Lau Wai-hing said the jobs would be a welcome boost to the economy, especially with many Hong Kong workers returning from Macau. But she was also concerned about the large number of foreign workers, especially professionals, who will be given jobs.

``I know we have WTO agreements, but the grading can be decided by the government, so we can decide whether to give more opportunities to locals,'' Lau said.

Lam cited the need to retain the city's open and international job market but added: ``Rest assured many jobs will go to locals.'' Hong Kong Construction Association president Conrad Wong Tin- cheung and Hong Kong Construction Industry Employees' General Union secretary Fung Kin-cho welcomed the move.

Wong said Lam has promised to look into the cash-flow difficulties of contractors and is studying the possibility of releasing the retention money for projects as soon as they are completed.

Retention money - from 0.75 to 5 percent of the total cost - is a sum held by the government to fix defects.
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SHKP to offer luxury project at steep discount
27 November 2008
South China Morning Post

Sun Hung Kai Properties plans to offer its luxury low-density residential project in Sha Tin at 35 per cent less than a nearby project, reflecting growing fears of a slump that will see volumes this month plunge to a 20-year low.

As the first new project to go on sale since the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings in September, the sales response would offer clues to the strength of the primary market, analysts said.

SHKP said it would release 20 units at Peak One tomorrow at about HK$7,366 per square foot and would offer buyers up to 500 days to complete the transaction.

Prices for the first batch are between HK$12.67 million and HK$20.79 million each, or HK$6,801 to HK$8,011 per square foot. The prices are 35 per cent lower than an adjacent project, Great Hill, built by KWah International Holdings.

To compete for buyers, KWah last Friday reduced prices for two penthouses at Great Hill to HK$10,000 per square foot, 3.8 per cent lower than the launch.

"We have adjusted our target price because we recognise that the global financial crisis has affected Hong Kong's residential market. We intend to offer the first batch at attractive prices to draw buying interest," said Victor Lui Ting, an executive director of Sun Hung Kai Real Estate Agency.

Mr Lui expects SHKP will generate about HK$2 billion from the sale of 150 units this year.

With property prices off as much as 30 per cent for the past six months, agents said SHKP had revised downwards its target price 47 per cent from its goal of HK$14,000 per square foot earlier this year.

Agents believed the move would drag down high-end residential project prices in Sha Tin only, because it was not seen as a district for luxury developments.

SHKP will also announce today sale details for a mass residential project, the 542-unit La Grove, in Yuen Long. The developer earlier said prices for the units would be less than HK$2 million each.

The planned sale of the two projects comprises about 950 units.

The projects are being launched at a time of market weakness, with Midland Realty estimating property transactions will tumble to 3,800 this month, the lowest since July 1989, when it fell to just 2,290 deals.

"The provisional figure is far below the 5,090 deals recorded during the Sars period in 2003," said Midland chief analyst Buggle Lau Ka-fai.

Nicole Wong, the head of China property research at CLSA, said homebuyers would be more cautious in an economic downturn. "The quoted price [of Peak One] is not what we will call severely depressed."

Eric Yuen Chi-fung, the head of research at Dao Heng Securities, said he believed it would be tough to sell units costing between HK$10 million and HK$20 million while the global crisis was deepening. "The project is unlikely to draw a stunning response because the crisis has hit the target buyer market the hardest."
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Fight takes to beach over Repulse Bay hotel push
25 November 2008
Hong Kong Standard

Repulse Bay residents and several district councillors met last night to finalize details on an opposition submission to a Town Planning Board rezoning plan that may see a part of the popular beach privatized.

Chairing the meeting was Designing Hong Kong co-founder Paul Zimmerman, who has taken an active interest in the preservation and redevelopment of the 60-year-old Seaview Building that once served as a restaurant but which has been empty for the past four years.

``If the Seaview Building is sold to developers or privatized and the government allows a hotel to be built on the site, access to the beach will become more difficult and this will aggravate the traffic congestion in the area,'' Zimmerman said.

Southern District Council member Fergus Fung Se-goun agreed.

``Originally, some councillors and I approved the government's rezoning plan strictly on the basis of revitalizing the area,'' Fung said. ``What [the government] promised was that the rezoning decision would give it more options but [we] all said strongly `we don't want hotels.'''

Fung said he has since changed his mind and decided the rezoning is unnecessary.

``We want the Town Planning Board to overturn the plans. I have written to the board to say I am against it,'' said Fung, adding he and several other councillors are passionate about the Seaview site which, to him, has historical value.

Zimmerman said renovation of Seaview Building would cost an estimated HK$10 million.

``But it would be viable if the government leased out the property on a long-term basis,'' he said.

A resident who has lived in the area for 40 years said the opposition to the board plan is not just about Repulse Bay residents.

``The beach is for everybody,'' she said, adding she has sent her own views to the board.

One of the organizers of the meeting, Globe Creative director Peter Cook, said he wants to salvage what remains of the beach.

``At the moment, at least half of the beach is still open,'' Cook said, adding a mega structure being built on another part of the beach for multiple leisure functions is already causing an impediment to the beachfront. ``The beach will be walled off [even more] if a higher structure is built in place of Seaview.''

The Town Planning Board confirmed it has received 340 representations as of yesterday, pending validity checks.

It will publish the representations for public comments for a period of three weeks.
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Energy-eating headquarters feel heat
27 November 2008
Hong Kong Standard

Two new government headquarters are energy monsters gobbling up more electricity than anticipated.

An audit report showed electricity costs having rocketed at the new Independent Commission Against Corruption headquarters, which were built last year.

In 2003, expenditure was estimated to rise 30 percent from HK$7.6 million to HK$9.9 million. This was in parallel to a 33 percent increase in floor space in the new building.

But the review found expenditure soared to HK$21.3 million, 115 percent more than the originally estimated increase. The ICAC attributed the astonishing rise to increasing electricity tariffs, testing of building systems and faulty predictions.

However, the commission said it had introduced a number of energy-saving devices into building design, such as an efficient lighting system.

The audit report said the ICAC needs to take measures to reduce electricity consumption as far as possible.

Another energy glutton, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department headquarters _ completed in 2005 _ was found to be using 35 percent to 43 percent more electricity than its old premises. Development plans predicted no increase in electricity use.

The department attributed the increase to a new computer-laden corporate data center and ``high ceiling and wide circulation areas'' of the new office, which was once an air cargo terminal.

The report also called into question the return times of the department's energy-saving retrofit program. It also said 66 projects implemented from 2005 to 2008 would not make back the cost of the project for 10 years, although the department originally projected a seven- year payback period.

Many of these projects include reliance on renewable energy, such as solar power.

It also showed many government bureaus and departments had not selected the most cost-effective electricity schemes.

For instance, many departments could cut costs by switching to a bulk tariff plan that is cheaper for ``high and steady consumption.''
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政府自打嘴巴 講一套做一套
節能地標機電署勁嘥電

27/11/2008







港府近年不斷投放資源推動環保節能,但政府部門卻沒有以身作則,電費開支不減反增,過去一個年度已花了二十二億八千多萬元公帑來「交電費」,比九年前大增逾六成。審計署更揭發專責推廣節能的機電工程署,其新落成的總部大樓與新廉政公署大樓,用電量較申請撥款時分別高出逾四成及一倍。有環保組織批評,審計報告顯示港府的環保工作講一套、做一套。

機電署總部大樓於○五年落成,標榜設有全港最大型太陽能發電裝置,並主力推廣能源效益。但審計署的報告指出,機電署曾指不會因搬遷而引致每年的經常開支增加,結果○五年至今年的三年間,大樓每年耗電量達一千一百多萬度至一千二百多萬度,電費開支每年平均約一千萬元,較○一至○二年度的八百六十多萬度,高出三成半至四成三。

而去年八月落成的新廉政公署大樓,本預計全年電費開支會由以往的七百六十萬元增三成至九百九十萬元,但今年的電費開支竟達二千一百三十萬元,比估計高出一點一倍。

機電署解釋,新總部提供了企業管理數據中心、能源效益及安全臈育徑等設施,並保留了舊有建築物高樓底及寬闊通道的特色,令用電量增加。廉署則指出,用電價目在○三年至今年期間大幅上升,當初評估電費開支時亦未有詳細的大樓設計。審計署認為,建築署署長應聯同各個部門首長,提高日後估計政府大樓工程項目用電量資料的精確程度。

七部門錯選用電帳戶
除政府大樓耗電量「超支」外,審計署又發現七個部門選用了錯誤的用電帳戶類別,導致多付電費。兩間電力公司為非住宅用戶,提供普通電量及高用電量帳戶兩種類別,後者的電價較便宜,但要額外繳付最高負荷收費。

懲臈署、泎生署、消防處、政府物流服務署、政府產業署、司法機構和康樂及文化事務署,有四十二個帳戶應選用大量用電價目,卻因選了普通用電價目而多付電費,其中十六個帳戶如改用高用量價目,每年可節省二百三十萬元。

同時,懲臈署、泎生署、政府產業署和康樂及文化事務署,共有二十九個帳戶錯誤地選用了大量用電價目,但因用電量較低或最高負荷收費高昂,每年多付了一百六十萬元。而至今有二十三個局及部門未達致節省百分之六用電量的目標。

地球之友環境事務主任黃俊賢批評,機電署大樓是地標式節能建築物,耗電量卻更高,簡直是自打嘴巴,盼政府部門做好節能工作。
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