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BCA recognises individuals for contributing to sustainable design

Several individuals have been recognised by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) for bringing Singapore’s standard of sustainable design to greener heights. They were awarded the Green Building Individual Award at the annual BCA Awards on May 16.

In 2013, a new award — the Young Green Building Individual Award — recognises young individuals under the age of 40 who have made outstanding personal contributions in the field.

A “green” hospital

One example of sustainable design can be seen in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. With space at a premium, plants are stacked vertically — from planter boxes hanging outside wards, to a central courtyard growing in the basement, and a community garden on the roof.

The hospital’s design also takes advantage of the neighbouring Yishun Pond and other water features to make for a healing environment. The courtyard also acts as the hospital’s heart — as it is designed to be the point of reference for visitors and patients to orientate themselves around the hospital ground.

With 35 per cent of the building being naturally ventilated, it leaves the hospital vulnerable to the elements.

Jerry Ong, a commendation award winner at the BCA Awards and principal architect at CPG Consultants, said: “In Singapore context, the rain can come suddenly, the rain can come in horizontally and there’s no way you can protect against the rain. So through a period of about three months, we explored various options — we did mock-ups.

“In the end, we decided to opt for automated blinds. Six months after the (hospital’s) opening, they are all already in place.”

“Recycled” roads

In the research lab of building material company Samwoh, waste material comprising of asphalt, rubber, concrete and bitumen are given a new lease of life — as recycled materials that can used to pave the roads.

The company runs tests that include running a weighted wheel over slabs of asphalt mixes to test for durability.

Dr Kelvin Lee, the winner of the Young Green Building Individual Award and technical manager at Samwoh Corporation, said: “Over the years, we have developed a number of recycled materials that have been accepted by the authorities — namely the recycled concrete aggregate which is derived from demolishing buildings or even reclaimed asphalt pavement from asphalt pavement waste.

“Recycling provides an option whereby we do not need to rely on others and we can be self-sufficient.”

In Singapore, recycled concrete aggregate for example has been used to pave parts of Changi Airport’s airfield. The company also used recycled concrete in its buildings.

Source CNA – 26 May 2013

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Govt to boost infrastructure for growing population

In a bid to meet the needs of Singapore’s growing population, the government plans to increase infrastructure development in the country over the next decade.

A report released by the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) revealed that infrastructure capacity has failed to keep pace with population growth in recent years.

As a result, the government needs to ramp up housing supply, transport and public services over the next five to 10 years.

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) is expected to deliver another 25,000 new flats this year. This is in addition to the increased availability of private housing and executive condominium (EC) sites.

The report also underlined HDB’s efforts to improve the living environment in HDB estates through a S$2.5 billion allocation from the Ministry of National Development (MND).

More nursing homes and hospitals are also set to be built, including the new Ng Teng Fong Hospital, the Integrated Building for St Andrew’s Community Hospital and Changi General Hospital by 2014. The Sengkang General Hospital is expected to be ready by 2018.

In addition, two new community hospitals in Yishun and Jurong, co-located with Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Ng Teng Fong Hospital – are set to open by 2015 while another community hospital to be co-located with Sengkang General Hospital will likely be ready by 2018.

Source : PropertyGuru – 27 Jul 2012