Hong Kong / Lam Tin Estate (Sustainable Public Housing)

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Exhibitor / The Hong Kong Housing Authority (HKHA)

HKHA has been providing affordable and sustainable public housing for people in need since 1953. Given the rapid population growth of the 1980s, old low-rise Mark Blocks with inferior living conditions had to be redeveloped to provide a better living environment for more people. Since the 1990s,

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HKHA has begun implementing a comprehensive redevelopment programme in Lam Tin district, which is located on the east side of the Kowloon Peninsula. As the final phase, Lam Tin Estate, which was named by the community, is now home to 3,000 families.

Lam Tin Estate demonstrates how a sustainable community can be built through community engagement and creative adaptation of new technologies. The project is a manifestation of HKHA’s core values, the 4 Cs: Caring, Customer-focused, Creative and Committed. After the HKHA project team’s long and arduous journey working with the shareholders, it turned out to be a rewarding experience. The estate was well received by the residents, as reflected in the high satisfaction rate of 97% in the customer survey conducted after occupation.

The Estate is designed for all ages and abilities with its implementation of universal design. Ventilation between buildings has been improved through careful micro-climate study. Moreover, the estate is full of environmentally friendly applications, such as precast construction, modular flat design, an education corner for green living, recycling and reuse of construction materials. Over 26% of its green space is urban greenery, and its large-scale photovoltaic systems generate43 000 kWh of electricity annually.
Workshops, action seeding and community art exhibits are facilitated in order to enhance community

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The Hong Kong Housing Authority (HKHA)

The Hong Kong Housing Authority (HA) is a statutory body established in April l973 under the Housing Ordinance. It develops and implements a public housing programme which seeks to achieve the Government’s policy objective of meeting the housing needs of low-income families that cannot afford private accommodation.

The HA plans, builds, manages and maintains different types of public housing, including rental housing, interim housing and transit centres. In addition, the HA owns and operates a number of flatted factories and ancillary commercial and other non-domestic facilities.

* This exhibitor is a member of HKIA