Terrace housing development gets BCA Green Mark Platinum award [News]
By Channel NewsAsia, 22 May 2012.
A terrace housing development in Serangoon Gardens has become the first landed residential estate to achieve the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA’s) top-tier Green Mark Platinum award.
HAUS@SERANGOON GARDEN, which comprises 96 landed terrace houses located at Serangoon Garden Way, is developed by City Developments Limited (CDL) and is slated for launch in the middle of the year.
The development uses both passive and active green building approaches to ensure that a comprehensive sustainable design is incorporated from the beginning.
Each house is equipped with state-of-the art green technology for energy and water efficiency.
It is the first landed housing development in Singapore to have a one kilowatt-peak photovoltaic (PV) system.
The solar power generated by the PV system helps to offset the grid electricity consumption by the refrigerator and reduces utility bills.
Rainwater will also be collected for gardening use.
The project also features an innovative air-conditioner heat recovery system, in which waste heat generated by the air-conditioner is used to provide house owners with hot water in the bathrooms.
Approximately four per cent of the total construction cost was invested into the development of the estate’s green innovations, which is expected to result in up to 40 per cent energy savings for each house.
Mr Kwek Leng Joo, managing director of CDL, said, “HAUS@SERANGOON GARDEN is a landmark residential development for us as we are able to deliver significant measurable and direct cost benefits to individual homebuyers over a long-term period.
“Through the extensive “greening” of each and every house within HAUS@SERANGOON GARDEN, we seek to create an integrated community of green homes that will inspire greater eco-consciousness across the larger Serangoon Garden residential enclave.”
Commenting on HAUS@SERANGOON GARDEN, Dr John Keung, CEO of BCA said, “This is a first time we have awarded the Green Mark Platinum rating to a landed housing estate in Singapore.”
“We are indeed encouraged to see developers like CDL and Hong Realty making the effort to bring environmentally sustainable designs to not only high-rise buildings but individual landed homes.”
“This project would serve as a good prototype for green landed housing in future and even for reference by existing homeowners who are looking to retrofit and improve the energy efficiency of their landed homes,” he added.
Source: Channel NewsAsia