Early this year, HDB unveiled its first major plan to bring sustainable living into existing public housing estates. Works under this HDB's Greenprint (绿色家园计划) will be carried out in Jurong East in phases from 2013 to 2014. They include the construction of underground pipes to transport waste into centralized bins, the construction of new cycling tracks, the installation of secure bicycle parking facilities, and the intensification of greenery around the estate.
2The first pilot Greenprint precinct will be in Yuhua, Blocks 209 to 240 Jurong East Street 21, covering 38 blocks and comprising 3,194 dwelling units. HDB will be holding four roving exhibitions around this pilot neighbourhood to showcase the proposed plans and to gather feedback from local residents.
3The HDB Greenprint plan for the pilot precinct will cost an estimated $18 million, of which $1 million will be set aside to establish a Greenprint community test-bedding fund to encourage the co-creation of innovative green solutions. This fund will allow the public to propose solutions to further enhance green living in our HDB estates. Application for the fund will be opened not only to Jurong Residents, but also to the rest of Singapore. HDB will release more details at a later stage.
4HDB’s Greenprint will introduce energy and water-saving solutions such as the installation of solar panels, sensor-controlled LED lightings for outdoor street lamps, and a rainwater harvesting system. These solutions for common areas could save up to $144,000 annually. There will also be intensified greenery through landscaping, green roofs, and vertical greenery.
5Currently, an average household disposes about 2.3kg of waste each day. This translates to more than seven tonnes of waste daily for the pilot precinct at Yuhua. As such, waste management is one of the key initiatives in the Greenprint.
6All 38 blocks will be installed with a Pneumatic Refuse Collection System (PRCS) where waste thrown will be automatically sucked through underground pipes into centralized collection areas. This makes refuse collection more efficient, improves the hygiene, and reduces foul smell. The system also brings recycling bins closer to residents. With this system, a recycling bin will be provided for each block of flats, as compared to the current situation, where one set of bins serves five flat blocks. Residents only need to deposit the recyclables at the bins downstairs, for the recyclables to be sucked into separate compartments. This will also bring about a cleaner environment, as the system prevents the spillage and overflow often sighted at the current recycling bins. The preparation works for this will start as early as January 2013.
7At the same time, HDB is working with the local Town Council to introduce a “Save-As-You-Reduce” scheme to encourage waste reduction and recycling. This scheme complements the Pneumatic Refuse Collection System to encourage recycling when it is ready in 2014. Residents will get to save a dollar per month through the monthly waste collection fee if each household reduces 20 percent of their waste, which is about 0.5kg of waste per day. Residents will get to save more with more waste reduction since waste collection fees are largely dependent on the amount of waste generated.
8Dr. Cheong Koon Hean, HDB Chief Executive Officer, observed, “Green towns need ‘green’ residents who embrace eco friendly practices. Beyond providing the infrastructure, we hope our residents will partner us in this journey towards creating a more sustainable and liveable environment. This exhibition kickstarts this partnership as HDB gears our efforts towards greater engagement and empowering our residents with choices to go green.”
9All the initiatives to be introduced under HDB’s Greenprint are targeted at three levels: (i) transforming estates into “Green Neighbourhoods”; (ii) upgrading to “Green Flats”; and (iii) forming “Green Communities”.
10Part of the transformation into a “Green Neighborhood” involves implementing integrated and eco-friendly urban transport infrastructure. This includes secured bicycling parking facilities and improved covered walkways. For each block, two suitable locations are identified for the installation of secured bicycle parking facilities.
11At the exhibitions, residents will get to indicate their preferred bicycle parking location simply by pressing a button shown on the exhibition panel. Out of the 38 blocks in Yuhua, 29 higher blocks will be installed with these facilities.
12The provision of secured bicycle parking facilities complements the cycling tracks around the neighbourhood. Under HDB’s Greenprint, a cycling track will be constructed along Jurong East Street 21 to link the cycling tracks proposed under HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland programme and the nearby park connector. This will enhance the connectivity between the residents’ homes, the neighburhood park, and public transport nodes.
13By the end of 2014, Jurong East residents will be able to whiz around the neighbourhood seamlessly, connected by an estimated 22.5km of cycling tracks. Besides cycling, enhanced pedestrian paths and covered walkways will also be constructed to encourage residents to commute within the neighborhoods by walking.
14HDB will be introducing the Green Homes Package to give residents a helping hand in making the switch to greener living within their homes. This package encourages residents to replace key electrical home appliances, like refrigerators, air-conditioners, and lightings, with more energy efficient models.
15Based on household feedback in this pilot neighbourhood, HDB will link up with the vendors in bundling various energy efficient appliances and solutions, which can be offered to residents at an attractive discount. The switch to energy-saving appliances not only contributes to a greener environment, but can also potentially reduce household electricity bills.
16Community activities will also be organized to raise awareness and encourage greener lifestyle amongst residents. Residents will get to indicate their level of interest for these activities such as community gardening, eco arts and whether they are keen to form green interest groups within the pilot neighborhood. Residents are also welcomed to offer suggestions for other activities.
17The various green initiatives under the HDB’s Greenprint for the pilot precinct are summarized in Annex A.
18HDB’s Greenprint exhibition will first be held at Yuhua Community Centre on 6 October 2012. Thereafter, it will move to three other locations within Yuhua to bring the plans even closer to local residents. See Annex B for details on the main exhibition as well as the schedule and location for the roving exhibitions.
19As a key programme under HDB’s “Roadmap for Better Living in HDB Towns”, HDB’s Greenprint supports the Roadmap’s second thrust of building “Sustainable Towns”.
ANNEX A: SUMMARY OF HDB GREENPRINT INITIATIVES
ANNEX B – The HDB’s Greenprint roving exhibitions
Exhibition 1: Yuhua Community Centre (6 October 2012 to 7 October 2012)
Exhibition 2: Blk 229 Jurong East St 21 (13 October 2012 to 14 October 2012)
Exhibition 3: Blk 232 Jurong East St 21 (20 October 2012 to 21 October 2012)
Exhibition 4: Blk 217 Jurong East St 21 (27 October 2012 to 28 October 2012)