In pursuing our vision of fulfilling aspirations for homes and communities all are proud of, we strive for excellence in public housing, how we serve you, and as an organisation. In addition, awards are presented to outstanding business partners, encouraging all in the industry to elevate public housing standards.
The awards we have received are testament to our commitment to excellence, and they inspire us to continue pushing the boundaries.
2 HDB projects, 'Rejuvenating Sungei Pinang’ and ‘Urban Farming at Multi-Storey Car Park’, received the Minister Award for Excellent Service (Team) and Citizen Engagement Award respectively at the MEWR Excellence Day (MED) Award Ceremony on 4 February 2020. These awards recognise exemplary agency-level initiatives that involve going the extra mile to understand and engage our residents or businesses, and enhance the level of partnership between agencies and external parties.
HDB’s new generation neighbourhood centre Oasis Terraces attained a Silver Award at the prestigious MIPIM Asia Awards Gala Dinner held in Hong Kong on 27 November 2019. The MIPIM Asia Awards celebrate excellence and innovation among the very best in the Asian property industry, and honour the most outstanding projects in Asia Pacific.
The first of HDB's new generation neighbourhood centres, Oasis Terraces houses facilities such as a rooftop community garden and a sheltered community plaza that encourage social interaction and bonding.
HDB and HDB Staff Union (HDBSU) were conferred the Ong Teng Cheong Institute Workplace Partnership Double Platinum Award for the very first time, after having achieved the Platinum Award for three years in a row. The award recognises the positive and harmonious partnership between HDB and HDBSU, and serves as an affirmation of our joint efforts to enhance the well-being of our staff.
HDB's commitment to Workplace Safety & Health (WSH) was recognised by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) WSH Secretariat at its U Safe Forum and Awards. HDB was conferred the Labour Movement (LM) U Safe Champion Award, while the HDB Staff Union (HDBSU) received the LM U Safe Advocate Award. The U Safe Awards recognise unions and unionised companies for being key partners in improving the safety and health of its workers, as well as for being strong drivers of WSH initiatives.
With the health and well-being of HDB staff being one of our top priorities, HDB and HDBSU have always been working closely together to introduce a wide range of WSH initiatives to meet the needs of our staff.
HDB received multiple awards at the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia-Pacific Landscape Awards Ceremony held in Cebu City, the Philippines. HDB’s new generation neighbourhood centre, Oasis Terraces, won the Excellence Award, while Waterway Terraces I & II, Keat Hong Neighbourhood and Woodleigh Neighbourhood won the Honourable Mention Awards.
This regional awards programme aims to build continuous awareness and recognition of landscape architecture as well as other professions that have played a key role in shaping our cities and environment.
HDB’s joint project with the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), ‘Pro-enterprise business model to seed commercial urban farms in HDB heartlands’, clinched the Public Sector Pro-Enterprise Initiatives Award. The award recognises public agencies which have pro-actively implemented useful initiatives to serve businesses better.
HDB and SFA worked together to allow spaces to be used for both commercial farming and residential use. The two agencies developed a new policy and framework with the Ministry of National Development (MND). The model is a win-win arrangement, with SFA contributing their expert knowledge to evaluate the farming proposals and manage urban farming activities and spaces more efficiently, while HDB focuses on fostering inter-agency coordination. This innovative arrangement taps on the expertise of both agencies, allowing for urban farming projects to be implemented more efficiently across Singapore.
The HDB and Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) researchers that developed the Integrated Environment Modeller (IEM) received the President’s Technology Awards at the Presidents’ Science & Technology Awards (PSTA) ceremony. The IEM uses 3D city models to simulate how climatic conditions such as wind flow, temperature fluctuations and solar irradiance interact with one another, as well as their combined effects on the surrounding urban landscape. This enables HDB planners to better understand how environmental conditions interact with the layout and design of the town, and in turn create a comfortable living environment for residents.
The President’s Technology Awards give recognition to research scientists and engineers in Singapore who have made outstanding contributions to research & development resulting in significant new technology or innovative use of established technology.
HDB clinched the Singapore HEALTH Excellence Award at the Health Promotion Board's Symposium on Sustainability of Health on 4 October 2019 for our exemplary efforts in promoting workplace health and enhancing the well-being of our staff.
HDB’s efforts to promote workplace health over the last five years has reaped positive outcomes. Initiatives such as lunch time health and wellness talks, targeted health intervention programmes, and the employee wellness carnival have helped our staff understand how to keep fit and healthy. Staff participation in bi-annual health screening exercises has also steadily increased over the years.
In recognition of our efforts to encourage green commuting in Punggol Eco-Town, HDB was recognised as a Global Silver Winner of the Green World Award at the award ceremony on 30 September 2019. HDB has encouraged green commuting in Punggol through the planning of its comprehensive cycling network, as well as innovations such as the dual bicycle rack system.
This award recognises companies and organisations who have a beneficial impact on the environment.
HDB bagged 9 Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards at the Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards (SLAA) Ceremony and Gala Dinner on 26 September 2019. Organised by the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects, the awards aim to honour and showcase the best works of landscape architects and promote landscape design innovation in various design disciplines.
The Integrated Environment Modeller (IEM) developed by HDB and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) was awarded the ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award. The IEM uses 3D city models to simulate how climatic conditions such as wind flow, temperature fluctuations and solar irradiance interact with one another, as well as their combined effects on the surrounding urban landscape. This enables HDB planners to better understand how environmental conditions interact with the layout and design of the town, and in turn create a comfortable living environment for residents.
The award was presented at the 37th Conference ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (CAFEO) in Jakarta, Indonesia on 13 September 2019, and recognises outstanding engineering achievements within ASEAN countries.
HDB won three Gold awards at the Singapore Institute of Planners (SIP) Planning Awards Presentation Dinner on 12 September 2019.
Guided by HDB’s Roadmap to Better Living, Punggol was developed as a community-centric, sustainable and smart town. The residents of Singapore’s first eco-town are served by a comprehensive public transport system, as well as public spaces that support community activities and encourage social interaction.
My Waterway@Punggol is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Punggol. The wide promenades of the 4.2km long waterway are seamlessly integrated with housing, amenities, and communal spaces that provide opportunities for recreational activities.
As part of HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland plans for East Coast, Bedok Town Centre has been transformed into a vibrant and integrated hub with improved facilities. Detailed planning, the use of urban design strategies, and close collaboration with stakeholders were all key to bringing the plans for Bedok Town Centre to life.
At the ASEAN Energy Awards and Gala Dinner in Bangkok on 4 September 2019, Kampung Admiralty received the ASEAN Energy Award. This award recognises building owners and property developers in the region for their best practices in energy efficiency and energy management.
Designed as a ‘vertical kampung’ to encourage social interaction and promote active living, Kampung Admiralty integrates housing for the elderly with a wide range of social, healthcare, communal, commercial and retail facilities. Sustainable and green features have also been incorporated into the design of this development.
HDB won 3 Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards at the World Engineers Summit on 29 August 2019. Conferred by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), these awards recognise outstanding engineering projects that have made significant contributions to improve engineering development and the quality of life in Singapore.
HDB is developing a floating solar system for open sea conditions that is based off its award-winning floating modular system. The floating modular system, which was originally designed to hold wetland plants in Punggol, has since been deployed to hold solar panels at a test bed in Tengeh Reservoir.
The Pneumatic Waste Conveyance System (PWCS) is an automated waste collection system that uses a vacuum-type underground pipe network to collect household waste. Through the PWCS, the environmental and sanitary issues associated with open refuse collection methods are reduced.
The Integrated Environmental Modeller (IEM) uses 3D city models to simulate how climatic conditions such as wind flow, temperature fluctuations and solar irradiance interact with one another, as well as their combined effects on the surrounding urban landscape. This enables HDB planners to better understand how environmental conditions interact with the layout and design of the town, and in turn create a comfortable living environment for residents.
Three HDB teams brought home the Minister’s Award (Team) at the MND National Day Observance Ceremony on 8 August 2019. The award recognises innovative team-based projects that contribute to MND’s vision of transforming Singapore into “An Endearing Home. A Distinctive Global City".
Envisioned as a ‘Forest Town’, Tengah is estimated to provide about 42,000 new homes. Each of its five housing districts are unique, and will be designed with the community and nature in mind to allow residents to experience quality living with nature and greenery at their doorstep. With its fresh planning concepts, bold ideas and innovative design, Tengah is expected to raise the bar for public housing.
This joint-project between HDB and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) saw the development of a commercial urban farm on the rooftop of an HDB multi-storey car park in Ang Mo Kio. Commercial urban farming in the heartlands will not only allow for a more optimise use of space, but also supports the growth of local SMEs and bring fresh produce closer to the community.
The completion of the land reclamation at Changi East has created land to support the expansion of the Changi Airbase, which will facilite the eventual relocation of the Paya Lebar Airbase. This will free up land for redevelopment to meet Singapore’s land use needs in the future.
HDB officers also collaborated with other government agencies on the following winning projects:
At the Urban Sustainability R&D Congress 2019 on 23 July 2019, three HDB projects were conferred awards at the Minister for National Development’s R&D Awards. HDB's Smart Hub received the Distinguished Award, while the Biophilic Town Framework and Integrated Environmental Modeller received merit awards.
The awards recognise outstanding R&D efforts within the MND Family and our partners which contribute towards MND’s vision of making Singapore "An Endearing Home, A Distinctive Global City".
On 19 July 2019, HDB officers were recognised for their service and organisational excellence during the Public Sector Transformation (PST) Awards Ceremony. Dr Johnny Wong, Group Director (Building & Research Institute), was awarded the Exemplary Leader Award; while Singapore’s first community-built playground, Build-A-Playground @ Canberra, was awarded the Citizen Engagement Excellence Award.
HDB’s project, A Cycling Friendly Town-Punggol, bagged the National (Singapore) Energy Globe Award 2019. To allow Punggol residents to enjoy greener and better transportation, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems were planned to serve both inter-town and intra-town transportation needs. To encourage clean commutingand promote active mobility, a comprehensive cycling network of about 40km was planned. HDB also developed and patented the Dual Bicycle Rack parking system to maximise bicycle parking lots.
This national award recognises projects that focus on energy efficiency, renewable energies and the conservation of resources.
During the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Awards Ceremony on 29 May 2019, HDB received 79 awards across a range of categories, including awards for construction excellence and universal design.
The BCA Awards recognise the building industry’s outstanding developers, builders and consultants for their contribution towards an excellent built environment in Singapore.
BCA Green Mark Award
New Residential Buildings
BCA Green Mark (Gold Plus)
BCA Green Mark (Gold)
Existing Non-Residential Buildings
BCA Green Mark (Platinum)
BCA Universal Design Mark Award
New Residential Development
BCA Universal Design Mark Award (Gold Plus)
BCA Universal Design Mark Award (Gold)
BCA Construction Excellence Award
Residential Buildings – Below $1,800/m2
BCA Construction Productivity Award
Residential Non-Landed > 25,000 m2
BCA Construction Productivity Award (Platinum)
BCA Construction Productivity Award (Gold)
HDB’s floating solar system received the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science (E3S) Honor Award in the Small Projects category at the 2019 American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) Awards Luncheon and Conference on 25 April 2019. HDB's floating solar system for open sea conditions is based off its award-winning floating modular system. The floating modular system, which was originally designed to hold wetland plants in Punggol, has since been deployed to hold solar panels at a test bed in Tengeh Reservoir.
The E3S competition and awards recognise projects that demonstrate the best in environmental engineering and science practices.
Competing against some of the world’s best buildings, Kampung Admiralty and The Pinnacle@Duxton emerged winners at the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Annual Awards Programme 2019 that was held in Shenzhen on 10 April 2019. The Awards recognise projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the urban environment, achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level, and have the greatest effect on the people who use them each day.
Integrated development Kampung Admiralty emerged top in two award categories, the Urban Habitat: Single Site Scale and Best Tall Building for Mixed-Use Function. The Pinnacle@Duxton was the winner of the 10-Year Award, which recognises the proven value and performance of the development over the last decade.
HDB’s patented Dual Bicycle Rack parking system bagged the Land Transport Authority's (LTA) Land Transport Excellence Merit Award in the Best-Car-Lite Advocate category on 29 March 2019.
The awards recognise organisations and individuals who have contributed to Singapore’s efficient, sustainable and people-centred land transport system.
On 21 December 2018, HDB was honoured with an Appreciation Award from the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM). The award recognises HDB for its continued support through initiatives to promote neighbourliness in the heartlands, as well as the strong partnership between HDB and SKM.
HDB's Smart Lighting System was awarded the Institute of Engineers Singapore Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2018. Designed and developed in collaboration with ST Engineering, the Smart Lighting System promises to reduce energy consumption in HDB common areas by up to 50%. The system also collects data that allows for more efficient estate management. For example, the system can determine if more cleaning is needed, or if lighting levels should be adjusted to optimise energy use. This Smart Lighting System is being rolled out progressively in all BTO projects.
Three HDB teams received the Minister's Award (Team) at the MND National Day Observance Ceremony on 8 August 2018. The award recognises innovative team-based projects that contribute to MND's vision of transforming Singapore into "An Endearing Home, A Distinctive Global City".
The Smart Urban Habitat (SUH) is an initiative to bring Smart solutions to our HDB towns. Playing a lead role in this initiative, HDB developed the SUH Master Plan & Smart Town Framework to create Smart HDB towns that are liveable, efficient, sustainable, and safe. Since the launch in 2014, the SUH effort has generated much media publicity and positive feedback from the public.
The HDB Resale Portal has improved the efficiency and productivity of the real estate industry, and brought many benefits to customers. It has halved the resale process to 8 weeks, reduced the number of appointments needed to complete the resale transaction, and streamlined the valuation of resale flats.
Pulau Tekong’s land reclamation project is the first in Singapore to adopt and adapt the polder technology to suit local conditions. This involves building a dyke around the area to be reclaimed and draining water from it, resulting in a low-lying piece of land called a polder. This method optimises the quantity of sand needed and reaps significant cost savings savings. HDB and PUB lead the multi-agency team overseeing the project, which is currently under construction.
HDB and HDB Staff Union (HDBSU) were conferred the Ong Teng Cheong Institute Workplace Partnership Award (Platinum) for the third consecutive year, in recognition of HDB and HDBSU's joint efforts in creating a harmonious work environment for all staff. The awards recognise companies and their unions for their sustained efforts to forge and strengthen understanding and cooperation through programmes organized by the Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute. HDBSU also received the Leadership Trailblazer Award (Platinum) for its sustained commitment to leadership development through the institute’s training programmes.
Two HDB projects - Geobarrier System and lighter Prefabricated Volumetric Concrete Mix - achieved the Singapore Concrete Institute (SCI) Excellence and Gold Awards (Innovators Category) at the SCI 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner held on 16 November 2018. The SCI Excellence Awards recognise projects that make use of construction technologies to improve productivity. Both projects have increased HDB’s construction productivity, as well as improved efficiency and sustainability.
HDB emerged as one of the winners of the Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice held on 12 November 2018, beating out over 500 nominations received from around the world. To encourage green commuting, HDB planned a comprehensive 40km cycling network in Punggol town. As more residents adopted biking as a means of transportation, HDB developed the Dual Bicycle Rack (DBR) parking system to maximise bicycle parking lots. The DBR parking system will also be rolled out in other existing HDB towns, with up to 40,000 lots to be created over the next 5 to 7 years.
Established in 1994, the Green Apple Award recognises companies that promote environmental best practices in the world.
HDB’s Smart Hub was the only winner of the Best Adoption (Public Sector) Award at the inaugural Singapore Digitial (SG:D) Techblazer Awards held on 7 November 2018. HDB’s Smart Hub is a central data repository that integrates, manages, and analyses data from HDB estates to optimise estate operations in HDB towns and improve the living environment of residents.
Jointly organised by IMDA and SGTech, the SG:D Techblazer Awards honour Singapore’s best in technological innovation. The Best Adoption (Public Sector) Award category recognises public agencies that have leveraged technology to transform their business operations, leading to greater competitive advantage, operation efficiency, and productivity.
HDB’s Floating Solar Technology project was awarded the Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Singapore Structural Award 2018 for its innovation in structural engineering. To support the acceleration of solar adoption in Singapore, HDB designed a floating solar farm consisting of interconnected panels by leveraging the technnology used at HDB’s eco-friendly floating wetlands system in Punggol. This award-winning solar farm will be replicated at an offshore site by 2019.
On 13 September 2018, HDB was conferred the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award at the RoSPA Awards Presentation Ceremony in Glasgow, United Kingdom, for achieving excellent safety performance at our worksites. HDB’s outstanding safety performance is a result of our concerted efforts to prevent accidents from occurring.
The RoSPA Awards recognise companies with a high level of safety performance, well-developed health and safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk, and a low injury rate.
HDB was awarded the 2018 National Energy Globe Award in recognition of our innovative efforts to use excavated earth from construction sites as infill material for land reclamation, reducing the quantity of sand needed to be purchased for reclamation use. At the same time, the use of an efficient processing system increases the volume of excavated earth collected, while minimising energy usage and reaping significant cost savings.
This national award recognises projects that focus on conserving resources and using them more efficiently.
On 19 July 2018, 5 HDB projects – Adventure Playground@Canberra, Kampung Admiralty, Waterway Ridges, Yishun Nature Park, and Senja Parc View – were conferred the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Africa, Asia Pacific and Middle East (AAPME) Resilience by Design Awards.
The awards recognise excellence landscape strategies that have achieved positive outcomes, such as good water management and the promotion of social and community health.
On 11 July 2018, 9 HDB projects obtained the Active, Beautiful, Clean (ABC) Waters Certification in recognition of their storm-water management design features. These 9 projects are: Rivervale Shores (which attained the highest accolade for the certification, the ABC Waters Certified (Gold)), Whampoa Dew, Keat Hong Crest, Hougang ParkEdge, Waterway Sundew, Waterway Sunray, SkyResidence@Dawson, as well as Northshore Residence I & II.
The ABC Waters Certification is an initiative by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) to integrate drains, canals, and reservoirs with the surrounding environment; and create clean and beautiful water bodies alongside community spaces.
4 HDB projects and 2 HDB officers were conferred awards in recognition of their exceptional efforts and outstanding contributions towards customer service and innovation. The teams working on the Service & Conservancy Charges Rebate Notification Letters and the HDB-IMDA Mobile Service Deployment Initiatives were awarded the Star Service Team Awards. Both the Biophilic Waterway@Punggol and Parking.sg were awarded the ExCEL Innovative Project Awards; and Parking.sg also clinched the Best Practice Award (Productivity & Resource Management). Two of our officers - Senior Estate Manager Huang Zhengyang and Senior Estate Manager Lim Eng Tiam - were also recognised with Star Service Awards.
The Public Sector Transformation (PST) Awards recognise individuals and teams from the Public Service for their excellence in service delivery, innovation, and best practices, and also recognise agencies for their organisational excellence.
During the BCA Awards ceremony on 22 May 2018, HDB received the prestigious Built Environment Leadership (BEL) Award (Platinum Star), the Green mark Platinum Champion Award, together with 31 other awards across 4 categories. The BEL Award recognises HDB’s excellence and leadership in shaping a safe, high-quality, sustainable, and user-friendly built environment for Singapore, while the BCA Green Mark Platinum Champion Award recognises HDB’s commitment to advancing environmental sustainability in our developments. The full list of HDB’s award-winning projects as follows:
Built Environment Leadership Awards (BEL)
Platinum Star Award
BCA Green Mark Award
Green Mark Platinum Champion
- SkyResidence @ Dawson
- West Terra @ Bukit Batok
- SkyParc @ Dawson
- Golden Ginger
- Buangkok Edgeview
- West Rock @ Bukit Batok
- Alkaff Courtview and Alkaff LakeView
- Alkaff Vista
- Senja Heights
- Yung Ho Spring I
- Yung Ho Spring II
- Teck Whye Vista
- Yung Kuang Court (Jurong West N1 C31)
- Macpherson Spring
- West Crest @ Bukit Batok
- Dawson Vista
- Buangkok Tropica
- Anchorvale Fields
New Non-Residential Buildings
- Buangkok Square Neighbourhood Centre
- Hougang RiverCourt Neighbourhood Centre
- Keat Hong Garden
BCA Universal Design Mark Award
- Kampung Admiralty
- Verandah @ Matilda
- Golden Ginger (Serangooon North C18)
BCA Construction Excellence Award
- Choa Chu Kang N8 C1 (Keat Hong Crest)
- Choa Chu Kang N8 C4 (Keat Hong Axis)
- Clementi Ridges
- Hougang N4 C20 (Hougang ParkEdge)
- Hougang N9 C23 (Hougang Crimson)
- Sengkang N2 C43A (Compassvale Cape)
BCA Construction Productivity Award – Projects
- Clementi N3 C18B (Clementi Ridges)
HDB was awarded the Recognition of Excellence (RoE) Award at the Singapore OpenGov Leadership Forum on 17 May 2018 for reducing resale transaction time by half, and bringing greater convenience to customers via the HDB Resale Portal. This award recognises HDB’s efforts in transforming the public housing resale landscape through the use of technology to enable instant eligibility checks and flat valuation capabilities, as well as significantly shortening the transaction process (16 weeks to 8 weeks) to make the entire resale experience more seamless and convenient for both flat buyers and sellers.
HDB’s floating wetland system received the Singapore Good Design Mark (SG Mark) Special Mention Award at the SG Mark Awards Ceremony on 10 May 2018. The SG Mark is a benchmark for design quality that impacts businesses and communities in Singapore and beyond. The innovatively-designed wetland system comprises individual honeycomb-like strong and lightweight cells that can be assembled into various shapes and sizes. The system shaped a unique identify for Punggol’s vast waterway, and improved its water quality, as well as created an ecosystem where nature and biodiversity thrive, making Punggol a green, tranquil, and welcoming home for its residents.
HDB was presented with the SCDF Strategic Partner Award on 25 November 2017 for playing a key role in promoting fire safety in HDB estates. HDB is actively involved in SCDF-led committees such as the SCDF Fire Safety Standing Committee and the Fire Code Review Committee. HDB also provided important and practical input on various SCDF initiatives, such as the testing of a Gas Detector Sprinkler System, Timer-based Water Release System for tackling refuse chute fires, as well as proposals to promote home alarms and prevent the vertical spread of fires.
HDB was conferred the highest-tier of recognition at the Singapore HEALTH (Helping Employees Achieve Life-Time Health) Award (SHA) on 10 October 2017. The award recognised HDB for its efforts in encouraging staff to take ownership of their personal well-being and motivating them towards a more active lifestyle. The SHA Achievement Award recognises companies that have been able to sustain good Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) practices for a period of at least 10 years, with well-rounded WHP plans and programmes.
HDB’s Kampung Admiralty was awarded the Outstanding Fire Safety Design Excellence (FSDE) Award at the Fire Safety Asia Conference Gala Dinner on 16 November 2017. Jointly organized by the National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council and SCDF, the FSDE Awards aim to inculcate a fire safety culture, recognise fire safety engineering excellence, and enhance innovation in the fire safety design of buildings. Kampung Admiralty’s comprehensive fire evacuation strategies allow visitors and tenants to evacuate safely in the event of a fire, while its natural ventilation eliminates the dependency on smoke curtains and mechanical smoke extraction systems.
HDB’s Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) system clinched the Singapore Concrete Institute (SCI) Excellence Award (Innovators Category) at the 39th SCI Anniversary Gala Dinner on 10 November 2017. The SCI Excellence Awards recognise the contribution of individuals and companies towards improving productivity in their building and engineering projects. The PPVC system streamlines the construction process and requires less manpower, resulting in tangible cost and time savings. The system’s prefabricated partition walls also accord greater flexibility to home owners in modifying the layout of their flats by removing the partitions.
HDB and HDB Staff Union (HDBSU) were conferred the Ong Teng Cheong Institute Workplace Partnership Award (Platinum) on 11 November 2017, in recognition of the collaborative partnership between HDB Management and HDBSU, as well as the strong affirmation of joint efforts to create a harmonious work environment for all staff. The awards recognise companies and their unions for their sustained effort to forge and strengthen understanding and cooperation through programmes organized by the Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute. HDBSU also received the Leadership Trailblazer Award (Gold) for sustained commitment to leadership development through the institute’s programmes and engagement activities.
HDB’s ‘Automated Convenience Store’ concept clinched the Public Sector Pro-Enterprise Initiative Silver Award on 10 November 2017. The project aims to help conventional provision shops, minimarts, and convenience stores overcome challenges such as manpower shortage and rising operating costs. Leveraging technology and automation, HDB teamed up with several agencies to implement void deck kiosks as a more sustainable operating model, while retaining doorstep convenience and service for residents.
HDB’s developments, Kampung Admiralty, SkyParc @ Dawson, and Bukit Batok West Shopping Centre, received the Skyrise Greenery Awards and the Landscape Excellence Assessment Framework (LEAF) certification at the 2017 Green Urbanscape Asia event, held together with the International Skyrise Greenery Conference on 9 November 2017. Established in 2008 by NParks, the awards promote and recognise the greening efforts in urban developments.
HDB’s Punggol Waterway Ridges and Skyville @ Dawson received the Award of Excellence and Honourable Mention respectively, at the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia Pacific Region Landscape Architecture Awards on 4 November 2017, for exemplary achievements in landscape architecture and enhancing the sustainability of the living environment and communities. The awards aim to create continuous awareness and recognition of landscape architecture as a key profession, and honour the works and achievements of landscape architects working in the region.
The Municipal Services Award (MSA) recognises efforts of public sector individuals and agencies in collaborating to deliver citizen-centric municipal services and solutions. On 26 October 2017, nine HDB staff received team and community awards at the annual MSA ceremony for their involvement in several successful municipal projects – such as the construction of a staircase for public use at the Ulu Pandan Park Connector, a Whole-of-Government (WOG) engagement approach during house visits, and development of a Kenbangan Chai Chee social team to improve the standard of living for residents in the community.
HDB’s ‘Transformation of the Resale Journey’ project was awarded the Bronze Award at the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) Awards Ceremony on 26 October 2017. Inaugurated in 2009, the SiTF Awards recognise best-in-class Infocomm Technology (ICT) products and services, and provide a platform for IT professionals to celebrate innovation and excellence. HDB’s award-winning e-Resale Portal featured technology such as Augmented Reality (AR) for checking of nearby transacted flat prices, Mobile Concierge for a wide range of convenient services, and a 24/7 “Ask Judy” chatbot for resale-related enquiries.
Joo Chiat Complex (JCC) was awarded the Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) Award on 5 October 2017, for its energy conservation efforts. Organised jointly by the National Environment Agency (NEA), Energy Market Authority (EMA), and Economic Development Board (EDB), the EENP Awards aim to encourage efficient usage and management of energy in the public sector. The upgrading of JCC’s air-conditioning system resulted in more than 40% energy consumption savings. JCC also uses energy-saving LED lights and installed motion sensors at all staircases and toilets to further conserve energy.
HDB’s Bidadari Master Planning & Urban Design was awarded the Silver Award in the ‘Best Planning Project’ category of the 5th Singapore Institute of Planners (SIP) Planning Awards, during the SIP Gala Dinner on 21 September 2017. The Awards recognise urban planners, urban designers, and related design consultancy firms for their excellent projects, both locally and overseas. HDB’s Bidadari estate has been planned as a tranquil, urban oasis. Envisioned as ‘A Community in a Garden’, the estate will build on the area’s rich heritage and lush greenery, allowing residents to relax and enjoy in a garden-like communal setting.
Three of HDB’s projects were awarded the Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards (SLAA) at the SLAA Ceremony on 8 September 2017. Punggol Waterway Ridges (Outstanding Award of Excellence), Punggol Waterway Terraces I & II (Gold Award) and Yishun Nature Park (Silver Award) were recognised for their beautifully-designed features and sustainable landscape architecture. Organised by the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA), the awards acknowledge new benchmarks and distinctions in the design and practice of landscape architecture.
Three HDB teams received the Minister's Award (Team) at the MND National Day Observance Ceremony on 8 August 2017. The award recognises innovative team-based projects that contribute to MND's vision of transforming Singapore into "An Endearing Home, A Distinctive Global City".
Kampung Admiralty is an integrated development that brings together a mix of public facilities and services under one roof. This modern kampong is a convenient one-stop hub that caters for the diverse needs of its community, even as it helps them forge a strong sense of identity and belonging.
The SolarNova programme aims to accelerate solar energy adoption in Singapore. Under this programme, HDB acts as the government’s central procurement agency for solar panels, enabling public agencies with small solar energy demands to enjoy solar energy at a lower cost due to economies of scale.
March 2017 saw the last of the 18 HUDC estates being privatised, marking the successful end of a privatisation programme that began in 1995. This programme has fulfilled the aspirations of some 7,731 households in converting their units to full-fledged private companies.
The MND Minister's R&D Awards was set up in 2011 to encourage and recognise outstanding R&D efforts within the MND Family. HDB received two Minister for National Development R&D Awards (Merit & Special Mention) for the ‘Complex System Modelling Tool for HDB Towns’ and ‘A Biophillic Waterway@Punggol - Innovative Floating Wetlands and Freshwater-Tolerant Mangroves’ projects, respectively. The awards were presented at the MND Urban Sustainability R&D Congress on 29 June 2017.
The innovative use of Complex Systems Modelling (CSM) strengthens HDB's town planning efforts. It simulates many complex urban scenarios to help planners analyse and determine strategies and provide solutions to shape a better living environment that benefits residents.
The cultivation of freshwater-tolerant mangroves and the design of a scalable, modular platform for the floating wetlands at Waterway@Punggol have enhanced the waterway's water quality, biodiversity and recreational value.
During the BCA Awards Ceremony on 13 June 2017, 4 HDB projects - Kallang Trivista, Golden Mint, Keat Hong Crest and Hougang ParkEdge, were awarded the prestigious BCA Universal Design Mark Award (GoldPLUS). HDB's Oasis Terraces and Canberra Plaza were also recognised in the "New Non-Residential Buildings" category and awarded the highly coveted Green Mark Award (Platinum).
These awards are testament of HDB's success in creating sustainable built environments, as it recognises developers and architects who adopt the philosophy of designing buildings that are both accessible and user-friendly. This year, HDB bagged a total of 40 BCA awards, across 4 categories, at the BCA Awards Ceremony. The full list of HDB's winning awards as follows:
1. Kallang Trivista
2. Golden Mint
3. Keat Hong Crest
4. Hougang ParkEdge
Green Mark Awards
1. Oasis Terraces
2. Canberra Plaza
Existing Residential Buildings
3. Blk 601A-D, 602 (MSCP), 602A-C, 603 (MSCP), 603A-C, 604A-C Punggol Central / Punggol Road
4. Blk 612A-D, 612 (MSCP), 613A-D Punggol Drive
5. Blk 614A-B, 614 (MSCP), 615A-C Edgefield Plains
6. Blk 195A-E, 194 (MSCP) Punggol Road
7. Blk 632A-C, 633 (MSCP), 633A-B, 635A-C, 636A-B Punggol Drive
8. Joo Chiat Complex
9. Choa Chu Kang Centre
10. Loyang Point
13. Matilda Portico
14. Waterway View
15. Punggol Bayview
16. Punggol Vue
17. Waterway Sunray
18. Matilda Court
19. Toa Payoh Apex
20. Tampines GreenRidges
21. Matilda Edge
22. Choa Chu Kang N8C2
23. Woodlands Glen
24. Buangkok Parcvista
25. HDB Jurong West N9C18
26. Park Grove @ Yishun
27. West Valley @ Bukit Batok
28. EastLink I @ Canberra (Residential)
29. EastLink II @ Canberra
Construction Excellence Awards
1. Hougang Capeview (Hougang N4C18)
2. Yishun Greenwalk (Yishun N3C23)
3. Waterway Woodcress (Punggol East C38)
4. Treetrail @ Woodlands (Woodlands N8C2)
5. Rivervale Delta (Sengkang N1C29)
Construction Productivity Awards
1. Rivervale Delta (Sengkang N19)
2. Fernvale Lea (Sengkang N4C24 & C25)
The Annual Excellence in Public Service Awards (ExPSA) recognise public officers and agencies for their service and organisational excellence. HDB’s Kampung Admiralty project was awarded the Best Practice Award (Inter-Agency Collaboration) for adopting a Whole-of-Government approach to create a vibrant, engaging, and cohesive community in Singapore’s first integrated development project. In recognition of their high standards of service excellence, Senior Estate Manager Tee Li Jin and Senior Estate Manager Ng Hui Shan received the PS21 Distinguished Star Service Award and PS21 Star Service Award, respectively. Deputy Director (Season Parking Management & Services), Tng Chay Hiang, was also awarded the PS21 Star manager Award for being an inspiring and caring leader, as well as pioneering technology for car park processes.
HDB was awarded the Recognition of Excellence (RoE) Award at the Singapore OpenGov leadership Forum on 18 May 2017, for smart home solutions that were implemented to transform Yuhua Estate into a smart and sustainable estate. This award recognises ‘smart living’ initiatives, such as an Elderly Monitoring System to monitor the well-being and safety of elderly at home, and a Utilities Management System to allow tracking of energy and water consumption for more efficient usage.
HDB’s floating wetlands system at MyWaterway@Punggol received the American Environmental Sustainability Honour Award in Washington DC on 13 April 2017. Conferred by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists, the award recognises and rewards the best of environmental engineering and science practices. This award recognises HDB’s efforts in developing the floating wetlands system and freshwater-tolerant mangroves through the use of innovative engineering solutions, to create unique and quality living environments.
HDB's Waterway Terraces I & II received the Singapore Good Design Mark (SG Mark) 2017 – Special Mention at the SG Mark Awards Ceremony on 16 March 2017. The SG Mark framework, developed by the Design Singapore Council, is currently administered by Design Business Chamber Singapore, and aims to be the benchmark of good quality and design. These developments in Punggol were recognised for their cascading roof gardens, green and sustainable design that supports natural ventilation and light penetration, as well as the harnessing of natural resources such as sunlight and rainwater.
HDB’s Floating Wetlands System was awarded the prestigious ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award on 23 November 2016. The ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award confers recognition to outstanding engineering achievements within ASEAN countries. HDB was recognised for enhancing the 4.2km waterway – the longest man-made waterway in Singapore, by designing a scalable, modular platform for the floating wetlands, as well as the innovative cultivation of freshwater-tolerant mangroves. This contributed to the waterway’s water quality, biodiversity, and recreational value.
HDB’s Kampung Admiralty was named the ‘Commercial Mixed-Use Future Project’ Award winner at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2016 held in Berlin, Germany. The WAF showcases the year’s best architecture from around the world. Kampung Admiralty is a multi-agency project, developed by HDB in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH), Alexandra Health System (AHS), National Environment Agency (NEA), National Parks Board (NParks), Land Transport Authority (LTA), and Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).
Integrated with HDB studio apartments, a medical centre, eldercare, childcare, and commercial facilities, Kampung Admiralty will serve as a one-stop hub that encourages social interaction and active living through its innovative design, communal spaces, and sustainable features. It is also envisaged to foster greater community bonding and re-ignite the “kampung spirit”. This development also demonstrates a new level of modern, urban living with its innovative land usage strategy, where it is zoned into three tiers to seamlessly integrate the various facilities and cater for the diverse needs of residents effectively.
HDB clinched two Singapore Concrete Institute (SCI) Excellence Awards (Innovators Category) at the SCI 38th Gala Dinner on 18 November 2016, for two projects, 'Ezi-form' and Floating Wetlands System. The SCI Award recognises efforts in enhancing productivity through project planning coordination, construction technology, and project management.
Ezi-form is an innovation that provides flexibility in extending precast formwork to the required dimensions. It saves time, manpower, and costs required to produce the precast components, and also improves and simplifies work process and raises the quality of the precast components. As Ezi-form is reusable, it is also environmentally-friendly. This innovative solution is sustainable, scalable, and can be adopted in the Automated Precast Production System and other conventional precast mould systems used for the production of precast walls and slabs.
The Floating Wetlands System was developed at My Waterway@Punggol, comprising hexagonal-shaped modules that can be compactly joined together to form ‘floating spaces’ on water bodies. The modular system is easy to transport and assemble on site. HDB also applied a new slope modelling technique that leverages the ability of the roots of freshwater-tolerant mangroves to bind the surrounding soil effectively, thereby stabilising the soil at areas where they are planted.
HDB clinched the National Parks Board (NParks) Landscape Excellence Assessment Framework (LEAF) Certification for excellence in landscaping and greenery. This is the first certification scheme in Singapore to recognise developments with outstanding greenery and their contribution towards Singapore’s vision of being a City in a Garden.
The winning HDB projects are Skyresidence @ Dawson, SkyOasis @ Dawson, and Oasis Terraces - a new-generation neighbourhood centre in Punggol. Among them, SkyResidence @ Dawson and Oasis Terraces were conferred the Outstanding Award, the highest accolade under LEAF certification scheme.
HDB and HDB Staff Union (HDBSU) were presented the OTC Institute Workplace Partnership Award (Platinum) and Leadership Trailblazer Award (Gold) on 12 November 2016, for sustained efforts to forge and strengthen understanding and co-operation between management and union through programmes organised by the Ong Teng Cheong (OTC) Labour Leadership Institute’s programmes.
Over the years, HDB and HDBSU have played a pivotal role in championing workforce upgrading and productivity in HDB. Since formulating their Shared Industrial Relations Vision in 2004, both HDB Management and HDBSU have ensured all managers and union leaders are well versed with the importance of industrial relations at all levels in HDB. OTC Institute has also been the steadfast partner of HDB and HDBSU in equipping our managers and union leaders with the knowledge and skillsets in providing a harmonious work environment for all HDB staff. This award affirms the strong Management-Union relationship of respect and trust in working towards a common goal of ensuring the well-being of HDB staff.
HDB’s VendCafé project clinched the Public Sector Pro-Enterprise Initiatives Gold Award on 10 November 2016. With the mission of making Singapore the #1 pro-enterprise country in the world, the award recognises officers and agencies who have contributed useful ideas or suggestions to create a pro-enterprise public service which can serve businesses better.
The Vendcafé concept aims to better meet residents’ growing demand for more round-the-clock food options. Singapore’s first-of-its-kind vending machine ‘café’ serving hot meals, sandwiches, snacks, and drinks was launched at the void deck of Blk 320C Anchorvale Drive on 7 August 2016. The VendCafé provides an alternative dining experience that is convenient and hassle-free. The pilot project, jointly facilitated by SPRING Singapore and HDB, is a sterling example of how the food services sector is being transformed to be less reliant on manpower while meeting consumer demands for quality, convenience, and nutrition.
On 2 Nov 2016, HDB was awarded the Special Recognition Award (SRA) at the International Highrise Award (IHA) Ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany. HDB’s Skyville @ Dawson was also one of the top five finalists for this year’s IHA. This was the first time an organisation was being accorded the SRA. The SRA is an exclusive award conferred by the City of Frankfurt, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), and the DekaBank. This award recognises HDB’s pivotal role in enabling the majority of Singapore’s population access to quality highrise living through innovative planning and design.
Skyville @ Dawson is an exceptional example of public housing in Singapore. The units within the development are grouped into little ‘villages’ that share various communal spaces to support community bonding. The design offers families the option of flexible layouts for each flat type, catering to different family sizes and lifestyles. These layouts feature minimal structural beams in living spaces with columns along the perimeter of the unit, thus offering flexibility in reconfiguring rooms. Skyville @ Dawson also embraces the “housing-in-a-park” concept, where sky gardens at various levels replace traditional void decks.
HDB won the Award for Sustainability at the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Singapore Structural Awards on 28 October 2016, for making a distinctive impact on the well-being of people and communities with our innovative floating wetlands system and freshwater-tolerant mangroves at My Waterway@Punggol. The IStructE Singapore Structural Awards recognise and reward the work of Singapore’s most talented structural design engineers and their indispensable contributions to the built environment.
HDB’s project on the Deployment of Solar Photovoltaics (PV) was announced as the Singapore winner of the prestigious Energy Globe Award 2016. HDB received the award on 28 October 2016 at the Austrian Embassy. With over 170 participating countries and over 1,500 project submissions annually, the Energy Globe Award is the most prestigious environmental award given out to projects focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energies and conservation of resources.
In 2009, HDB started the Solar Capability Building Programme (SCBP) to establish solar energy as a renewable and alternative long-term source of power for public housing. HDB also developed an innovative and sustainable Solar leasing business model which allows the solar industry to own, finance, build, operate, and maintain solar PV installations. This in turn helps to scale up the deployment of solar PV installations for HDB blocks.
HDB clinched the Bronze medal during the 16th CCAS International Contact Centre Awards 2016, under the “Best In-House Contact Centre” category. HDB’s Sales/Resale Customer Service Line was recognised for efforts in analysing and managing key contact centre data. The International Contact Centre Awards is organised by the Contact Centre Association of Singapore (CCAS) and is the highest industry accolade for the contact centre industry in Singapore. It acknowledges the contribution of contact centres to the economy, while recognising the best companies and individuals who strive to consistently set high standards.
Two HDB teams received the Minister's Award (Team) at the MND National Day Observance Ceremony 2016. The award recognises innovative team-based projects that contribute to MND's vision and achievements in transforming Singapore into 'An Endearing Home and Distinctive Global City'.
The HDB Greenprint empowers residents to embrace an eco-friendly lifestyle and encourages community ownership of their neighbourhood. The pilot at Yuhua, completed in 2015, benefits residents with hygienic and efficient waste collection, cooler and pleasant environment through rooftop and vertical greenery, and energy-efficient amenities. It also includes a rainwater harvesting system that reduces energy and water consumption in common areas. The enhanced pedestrian and cycling networks also provide better connectivity for residents.
HDB rolled out several enhanced housing policies in August 2015. These policies include:
These enhanced policies improve Singaporeans’ accessibility to public housing and provide targeted assistance to households buying flats. HDB households will also be able to better manage their retirement and healthcare needs with mutual care and support.
The Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) presented My Waterway@Punggol with the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award for its innovative development of a floating wetlands system and a freshwater-tolerant mangrove arboretum. The award recognises the achievements of an organisation or persons for an engineering project that has made a significant contribution to engineering progress, and improve the quality of life in Singapore.
As part of sustainable development for Punggol Eco-Town, the HDB project team explored innovative ways to intensify the greenery for My Waterway@Punggol. The freshwater-tolerant mangrove was developed to bring back natural heritage and conserve endangered mangrove species. The novel interlocking floating wetlands system, patented in 2015, creates a multi-purpose space on the water body where shrubs and tree saplings can be planted to create a natural layered landscape design.
Among the many HDB projects that have wrought significant transformations on Singapore’s social and economic landscape, three of our projects stood out as HDB’s milestone engineering achievements. The Pinnacle@Duxton, My Waterway@Punggol, and the Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) wowed the public with the highest number of votes in the Engineering Feats @ IES-SG50 competition. These projects also clinched the title of Top 50 Engineering Feats at The Institute of Engineers Singapore (IES) Golden Jubilee Dinner on 1 July 2016.
In conjunction with SG50 celebrations in 2015, the Engineering Feats @ IES-SG50 competition recognised the top 50 engineering achievements across the various engineering fields that have had the greatest economic, infrastructural or societal impact on Singapore since 1965.
HDB was honoured on 29 June 2016 with a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award for our innovative use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to improve urban planning, town planning and operations. HDB was picked from more than 100,000 organisations worldwide. Presented by ESRI, a leading supplier of GIS software, SAG Awards affirmed the organizations globally for their outstanding works with GIS technology.
HDB’s award-winning application, Integrated Planning & Analysis (iPLAN) is designed to integrate spatial and textual data to provide interactive and intuitive map queries and visuals for HDB town planning and analysis. iPLAN streamlines the process of gathering planning inputs from external stakeholders and various HDB Groups. With a touch of a button, architects, planners, systems analysts and geospatial technologists will be able to integrate data, as well as generate statistics and charts in iPLAN, thus enabling them to understand the site context and synthesise urban solutions with improved efficiency and effectiveness over the GIS platform.
During the BCA Awards Ceremony on 26 May 2016, HDB's latest project Skyville @ Dawson became the first public housing project to clinch the BCA Universal Design Mark Award (Platinum), recognised for its many user-friendly features such as ramps incorporated around the estate, and large light switches that are easy to reach within flats.
Besides clinching the Universal Design Mark Award (Platinum) for Skyville @ Dawson, HDB also proudly brought home another 32 Awards, including the highly coveted Green Mark Award for HDB's Greenprint @ Yuhua Neighbourhood during the BCA Awards Ceremony.
These Awards are a showcase of the well-deserved recognition of HDB's excellence and leadership in shaping a safe, high quality, sustainable, and friendly built environment in Singapore. The full list of HDB's winning awards as follows:
Note: Projects with asterisk won 2 awards. A total of 33 awards were given out to 30 HDB projects.
In conjunction with the Public Service Future and Public Service Week 2016, HDB was awarded the Public Service Premier Award at the Excellence in Public Service Awards (ExPSA) ceremony, held on 20 May 2016 at Gardens by the Bay.
HDB's projects - Customer-centric Home Loan Eligibility (HLE) Application and Aviation Park SMART Staging Ground (APSG) were awarded the Best Practice Award (Service Delivery) and Best Practice Award (Resource Management), respectively.
In recognition of their high standards of service excellence, two of HDB's staff - Ms Lim Pei Wen and Mr Liu Xiu Qi, were presented with the PS21 Star Service Award. A multi-agency team consisting of HDB, People's Association (PA) and Pioneer Generation Office (PGO) were also recognised with the PS21 Star Service Team Award for the effective implementation of the Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) programme.
On 25 November 2015, HDB secured a place on the Enterprise Innovation Awards list of winners with the SG Heart Map project, bringing home the Enterprise Innovators Award in the Government category.
The Enterprise Innovation Awards programme assesses the ability of companies in Asia Pacific to innovate and deliver outcomes that consist of business results as well as game-changing capabilities. It also identifies companies that are leaders and innovators in their use of technology.
Led by HDB, the SG Heart Map was launched in November 2014 to celebrate Singapore’s 50th anniversary. Over a year, a series of crowd-sourcing activities, celebratory events and Heart Map Tours, garnered about 300,000 participants and more than 100,000 stories from Singaporeans about places that define Singapore as home for them. This SG50 programme has culminated in the SG Heart Map Festival that is taking place at The Float @ Marina Bay place from 26 to 29 November 2015.
The use of information and communication technology (ICT) was a major factor in the success of the SG Heart Map project. The project team leveraged ICT to create a platform with a human touch to tug at the heartstrings of Singaporeans and encourage mass voluntary participation. Various innovative technologies were used for a wide range of publicity, outreach, engagement and crowd-sourcing efforts. This crowd-sourcing technique for community outreach is the first of its kind in the government sector.
HDB stood in the spotlight at the Conference of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (CAFEO 33) in Penang on 25 November 2015 when it clinched the ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievements Award.
The award was conferred on the HDB project ‘Towards Better Living and Greater Sustainability through Smart Planning – Urban Environmental Modelling (UEM)’. The project displayed exceptional ingenuity in planning and solving design problems, and pioneering the use of materials and methods to advance the quality of life.
Created to recognise outstanding engineering achievements within ASEAN countries, the ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award is given to organisations or persons responsible for an outstanding engineering project in the ASEAN region. They have to demonstrate outstanding engineering skills that have contributed significantly to the engineering progress and the quality of life in ASEAN. This includes improving the well-being of people and communities, resourceful planning and solving of design problems, and pioneering the use of materials and methods in planning, design and construction.
The team behind the winning project has made trailblazing advancements in engineering, transforming lives, and creating new possibilities for the future.
It was a proud moment for HDB when we received the Singapore Concrete Institute (SCI) Excellence Award (Innovators category) at SCI’s 37th Gala Dinner on 20 November 2015.
Guided by the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Roadmap and framework to facilitate construction productivity, the award-winning project ‘Enhancing The Process of Preparing Precast Shop Drawing Through BIM’ streamlined the process of generating precast shop drawings. BIM speeds up the drawing design and detailing process with less manpower, resulting in higher productivity. Error in design data transfer and discrepancy between drawings is greatly reduced and hence the quality of the drawings improves significantly.
In its 5th year, the SCI Excellence Award encourages designers to introduce labour-efficient ideas, materials and design, as well as encourages the adoption of labour-saving construction methods. The Award also recognises efforts in enhancing productivity through project planning and coordination, construction technology and project management.
For being amongst the best entries submitted since the launch of FIABCI Singapore Property Awards in June 2011, My Waterway@Punggol clinched the SG50 Special Award at the FIABCI Prix d'Excellence and Singapore Property Awards Dinner on 19 November 2015.
In 2013, HDB received a global Gold award for My Waterway@Punggol at the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Awards, which is considered the ‘Oscars’ of the real estate industry. Through innovative planning and novel building techniques, the Waterway has transformed Punggol into a vibrant waterfront town replete with sustainability features that help promote greater biodiversity.
Winning the SG50 Special Award marks yet another milestone that My Waterway@Punggol has set in environmental sustainability for public infrastructure in Singapore.
Lauded for its exemplary greening endeavour, HDB’s latest iconic Build-To-Order (BTO) development, SkyTerrace@Dawson, was among the winners of the Skyrise Greenery Excellence Awards at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference on 5 Nov 2015.
Established in 2008 by the National Parks Board (NParks), the Skyrise Greenery Awards promote and reward skyrise greening efforts in urban developments. The Awards recognise architects who take the lead in provisioning for green elements from the initial design stage, working together with stakeholders to bring a project to fruition. As part of HDB’s ‘Housing-in-a-Park’ concept, the award-winning SkyTerrace@Dawson is the face of new-generation public housing that emphasises flexibility, greenery and good living.
The same day also saw five HDB projects receiving recognition under the Landscape Excellence Assessment Framework (LEAF), a certification scheme by NParks, for their efforts in enhancing the landscapes, providing greenery, protecting trees, and encouraging biodiversity. Notably, Punggol Northshore District Landscape Masterplan and Kampung Admiralty were conferred the LEAF Outstanding Award while Skyline I & II @Bukit Batok, SkyVille@Dawson and SkyTerrace@Dawson were LEAF-certified.
Presented by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, HDB brought home the award in the Best Efficiency Practices for Public Sector Agencies (Large Building) category at the Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) Awards held in conjunction with the opening of the National Efficiency Energy Conference (NEEC) 2015 on 6 October 2015.
Organised by the National Environment Agency, Energy Market Authority and the Economic Development Board, the EENP Awards aim to foster a culture of sustained energy efficiency especially in the major consuming industries. The EENP Awards also encourage companies to adopt a proactive approach towards energy management by identifying and sharing best practices for companies to emulate.
Contributing to this goal, HDB used the Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contracting Model to retrofit WCC’s chiller plant. Under this Model, the existing chillers were replaced with energy-efficient water-cooled chillers. In addition, the new Building Management System offers a more effective control over the chillers and air-conditioning functions of the chiller plant system. This system is linked to variable air volume boxes and temperature sensors which help to regulate airflow and temperature in the building, resulting in energy savings. To further conserve energy, HDB also installed energy-saving LED lights at all staircases and carparks of WCC. Motion sensors were also installed at all staircases. These energy efficient initiatives helped to achieve energy consumption savings of more than 40% at WCC, which translated into a total savings of $700,000 a year in utility bills.
3 HDB teams received the Minister’s Team Award at the MND National Day Observance Ceremony on 6 August 2015. First presented in 2006, the award recognises innovative team-based projects that contribute to MND’s vision and achievements in transforming Singapore into ‘An Endearing Home and Distinctive Global City’.
This project saw HDB’s Long Term Demand Model, the 4-year ramp up of the BTO supply, and several rounds of cooling measures resulting in HDB clearing the first-timers’ demand backlog and restoring balance in the public housing market. Policies were reviewed to give help to those with urgent housing needs, and vulnerable groups. The delinking of new flat prices from the resale market and enhancements to housing grants also helped keep new flats affordable to first-time buyers.
HDB is the first national and reclamation agency in Singapore to use soft clay as a substitute for sand as infill material for land reclamation. This not only provides the construction industry with a means to dispose soft clay, it also reduces reliance on expensive sand imports.
SERS@Tanglin Halt was HDB’s most challenging SERS project thus far because it was the largest, comprising close to 3,500 households. The HDB SERS team’s concerted communication efforts saw them effectively reaching out to the households in Tanglin Halt, where more than half of the flat owners were aged 50 and above. House visits, customised collaterals, guided tours, supplementary video aids and a dedicated officer for every SERS household, as well as close working partnerships with other public agencies, and with the Adviser and Grassroots leaders, resulted in the successful implementation of SERS at Tanglin Halt.
Set up in 2011, the Minister for National Development R&D Awards recognise outstanding R&D efforts within the MND Family that have contributed towards MND’s vision of creating an ‘Endearing Home and a Global City’. HDB received two Minister for National Development R&D Awards (Merit) for the ‘Development of Solar Photovoltaic (PV)’ and ‘Development of Urban Environmental and Urban System Models (UESM) to drive Greater Sustainability and Liveability in HDB’ at the 2015 MND Sustainability R&D Congress.
HDB’s innovative and sustainable development of solar PV for public housing has enabled Singapore to harness solar energy on an impactful scale, despite our limited land space. Solar PV is an established technology for renewable energy and is an alternative source to power HDB blocks.
As a virtual simulation platform, the UESM helps planners understand better the interdependencies of the urban design with nature, and how the urban design can be optimised taking into consideration the local climatic conditions. The UESM is also helping HDB better understand the trade-offs involved when introducing new sustainable initiatives/features in towns.
Held once every two years, the Singapore HEALTH (Helping Employees Achieve Life-Time Health) Award was established by the Health Promotion Board to recognise organisations with commendable Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) programmes. The Platinum Award is the highest accolade under this national award scheme. It is presented to an organisation that has received at least two gold awards consecutively and demonstrated measurable success in its WHP program. HDB received the Singapore HEALTH Platinum Award 2015 for our exemplary efforts to promote and provide a healthy work environment. This is HDB’s second win of this award, the first time being in 2010. For HDB, winning the second Platinum Award is affirmation of our workplace health promotion efforts.
HDB clinched the May Day Model Partnership Award (Management Category) for our EASE programme at the NTUC May Day Model Partnership Awards Ceremony on 23 May 2015.
Introduced in July 2012 as part of a national effort to prepare for a rapidly aging population, EASE or the Enhancement for Active Seniors programme makes homes safer and more secure for elderly residents, helping them age-in-place. From the onset and throughout the policy formulation and implementation phase, HDB worked closely with various parties such as the HDB Staff Union and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital to implement the programme nationwide. The successful implementation of EASE exemplifies how strong collaboration between HDB and its partners enables HDB staff to achieve higher work productivity and make a positive difference in the lives of Singaporeans.
The BCA awards ceremony at Resorts World Singapore (RWS) on 14 May 2015 saw HDB receiving the inaugural Building Information Modelling (BIM) Award, 3 Universal Design Mark Awards, 9 Green Mark Awards, 3 Construction Productivity Awards and 6 Construction Excellence Awards. The awards recognise developers and builders for their contribution in shaping a safe, sustainable, friendly and high quality built environment in Singapore.
“HDB is honoured to win a bumper crop of 22 BCA awards for our projects. This is a great encouragement to us as we pursue fresh initiatives and harness technology to create well-designed, sustainable and community-centric towns, in line with the HDB Roadmap. The public can look forward to more exciting housing projects coming on-stream, such as the first Smart HDB homes in the Punggol Northshore district, which will be launched later this month.”
- HDB’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Cheong Koon Hean
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Toa Payoh Town clinched the SG Mark - SG50 Special Award (Platinum) at this year’s Singapore Good Design Mark Awards (SG Mark) on 13 Mar 2015. Awarded by the Design Business Chamber Singapore, the SG Mark serves as a symbol of design excellence to encourage and champion holistic design practices for global competitiveness. The SG50 Special Award is awarded to products that have evolved with the nation building of Singapore and have a special place in Singaporeans’ hearts.
Designed and developed with an ambitious master plan, Toa Payoh’s birth and the challenge of turning the ‘big swamp’ into a living, breathing, and bustling town led the way in Singapore’s public housing development. A town of many ‘firsts’, Toa Payoh marked milestones in planning, architecture, and community building.
“Toa Payoh turns 50 this year, and this award cannot come at a better time. Toa Payoh was conceptualised to spearhead Singapore’s public housing development, and it is a town of many ‘firsts’, be it in planning, architecture, or community building. This award is an affirmation of our hard work in implementing good design when developing new towns or rejuvenating mature ones. We will continue to do our best to deliver comprehensive towns, quality homes and a better living environment for our residents.”
– HDB’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Cheong Koon Hean
On 8 November 2014, HDB and the HDB Staff Union (HDBSU) received the OTC Institute Workplace Partnership Award for the second consecutive year. The award comes in recognition of our strong commitment to building good labour-management relations through OTC Institute programmes.
FutureGov Awards celebrate the Asia Pacific region’s most successful public sector projects in the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to improve efficiency, service quality, and transparency.
At the 11th FutureGov Summit held on 9 October 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, an HDB Punggol Branch project won the FutureGov Award (Service Innovation category) for creating a ‘New Customer Experience Through Personalisation’.
The project was developed using the Design Thinking methodology and focussed on re-designing the customer experience. Through in-depth interviews and behavioural observations, the Punggol Branch team learnt how to address the hidden issues and unmet needs of customers. Since the Punggol Branch opened on 12 December 2012, it has received positive customer feedback. It has also hosted several visits from other organisations keen to learn about its customer service delivery.
The annual EENP Awards are organised by the National Environment Agency (NEA), Energy Market Authority (EMA), and the Economic Development Board (EDB) to foster a culture of sustained energy efficiency improvement in industries, particularly for the major energy consuming industries. The awards also aim to encourage companies to take a proactive approach towards energy management through the identification and sharing of best practices.
In recognition of our efforts to improve energy efficiency at HDB Hub, we received the EENP Award at the awards ceremony, held on 2 October 2014. We were the only public sector agency to receive the commendation for ‘Best Energy Efficiency Practices in the Public Sector’ for the Large Building category.
Between 2011 and 2013, HDB Hub’s energy consumption was reduced by over 20%. These savings were achieved through several energy conservation initiatives that we implemented, such as:
With a strong commitment to care for the environment, and a sound energy management framework in place, we will continue to pursue environmentally sustainable methods and implement energy-efficient improvements, both at HDB Hub and other HDB-managed commercial facilities.
Our Bidadari Estate Master Plan was conferred with the prestigious SIA Architectural Design Award (Urban Design Category) on 20 September 2014.
Bidadari Estate had been planned as a tranquil urban oasis, where residents can relax and connect with family and friends within a garden-like setting. The estate is envisioned as ‘A Community in a Garden’ – it features the centrally located 10ha Bidadari Park and 6 distinct neighbourhoods, each reinforcing the sense of a continuous park boasting generously landscaped frontages. Bidadari Estate’s interesting housing typographies and designs, comprehensive pedestrian and cycling network, playgrounds, fitness stations, and other communal spaces promise a rich diversity of landscapes, amenities, and experiences for future residents and visitors.
The SIA Architectural Design Awards promote and encourage excellence in architectural design.
Another notch was added to our awards belt at the inaugural BCA Green Mark Plaque Launch on 15 September 2014, where we received the Green Mark plaque for HDB Hub. Its Green Building design and sustainable operations made HDB Hub one of the 8 BCA Green Mark Champions recognised for their strong commitment to corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability. Earlier in 2014, HDB Hub and 2 other HDB office complexes also received BCA Platinum Green Mark Awards.
We won a total of 37 BCA Green Mark Awards at the 2014 BCA Awards Ceremony held at Resorts World Sentosa on 22 May 2014. The awards recognise developers and builders for their contribution in shaping a safe, sustainable, environmentally friendly, and high-quality built environment in Singapore. Our haul comprised:
My Waterway@Punggol continues to earn recognition as a ground-breaking project that has made a vast difference to the town of Punggol and the lives of its residents. With its outstanding environmental sustainability design, the project bagged another accolade and won the Singapore Good Design Mark Award (Gold) in the public category on 13 Mar 2014. Launched in Oct 2013 by the Design Business Chamber Singapore (DBCS) with the support of Design Singapore Council, the award recognises and promotes holistic design practices in Singapore especially by Singapore organisations.
The Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) is an international awards programme that aims to increase the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) awareness and foster development and growth of the ICT industry in the region. The award is presented to the most innovative ICT product or solution entered within a category.
On 27 November 2013, our SE CAD software was a Merit winner at the APICTA Awards Ceremony in Hong Kong. It was entered into the ‘Government and Public Sector’ APICTA category, which had 14 entries.
The SE CAD engineering software was developed in-house as a one-stop solution for structural analysis and design and detailing works for high-rise precast developments. Designed for greater productivity, it is the first engineering software in the market equipped with such leading-edge capabilities.
4 HDB projects won accolades at the SLAAwards Ceremony and Gala Dinner held on 22 November 2013. The SLAAwards (previously the SILA Professional Design Awards) aim to honour and set new benchmarks in the design and best practices of landscape architecture in Singapore. Take a look at the 4 winning projects.
My Waterway@Punggol (Gold Award – Integrated Design)
Running 4.2km long, My Waterway@Punggol is a fine example of an integrated design with multiple professionals working together on a landscape project. It weaves a new landscaped water body through Punggol, making the town a distinctive waterfront town of the 21st century.
Greenwood Sanctuary @ Admiralty (Merit Award – General Design, Parks and Public Spaces)
This park project was designed around several themes, such as nature/ forest, learning, leisure, and fitness. The part also boasts a natural storm water management system that channels excess rainwater into retention ponds.
Punggol Breeze (Merit Award – Residential Design, Local Residences)
In Punggol Breeze, the roof garden on the top deck of the 2-storey car park was designed to evoke a garden-like setting, with meandering paths and lush planting. Adjacent to the housing parcel, residents of all ages can enjoy a common green complete with play and fitness facilities.
Casa Clementi (Merit Award – Residential Design, Local Residences)
The distinctive development that is Casa Clementi consists of high residential blocks whose varying heights give Clementi an interesting skyline. Here, the lushly planted environmental deck creates a sense of spaciousness and adds greenery to the precinct while also screening views of the car park from ground level.
At the inaugural OTC Institute Workplace Partnership Award ceremony held on 16 November 2013 at Downtown East, HDB and the HDB Staff Union (HDBSU) were awarded the OTC Institute Workplace Partnership Award (Gold).
This award recognises unions and employers that have demonstrated the strong commitment to institutionalise good labour-management relations through OTC Institute’s programmes.
The HDB Management and HDBSU have over the years played a pivotal role in championing workforce upgrading and productivity. Since formulating their Shared Industrial Relations Vision in 2004, Management and the Union have been relentless in ensuring all managers and union officials are well versed in industrial relationships and its importance, and aware of how strong industrial relations can enhance HDB’s success and staff well-being. On top of Industrial Relations workshops and courses, we also engaged OTC Institute to conduct regular Management-Union workshops.
Winning the Award affirms the strong Management-Union partnership in HDB, where there is mutual respect and trust in working towards the common goal of ensuring staff well-being.
‘Designed for Disassembly Building Systems in Singapore’ and ‘SECAD- The Answer to Greater Productivity through Technology Innovation by HDB’ won the SCI Excellence Awards in the Innovators category at the 35th Singapore Concrete Institute (SCI) 35th Gala Dinner on 15 Nov 13. Launched three years ago, the SCI Excellence awards recognise the contribution of individuals and companies towards improvement of productivity in their building or civil engineering projects. The awards are presented in three categories - Builders, Professionals and Innovators.
‘SECAD- The Answer to Greater Productivity through Technology Innovation by HDB’ put the spotlight on HDB’s comprehensive resource library that houses 50 years of HDB’s R&D knowledge and experience in precast and prefabrication technology, conventional cast-in-place design and construction, and standardization of drawings and detailing, forming a powerful centralized HDB knowledge bank. The ‘Designed for Disassembly Building Systems in Singapore (DfD)’ project focused on R&D in the application of DfD in high rise buildings in Singapore.
One of our largest housing projects, Casa Clementi, won one of the highest honours in the industry – a first for Singapore.
At the PMI Awards Ceremony held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, on 26 October 2013, Casa Clementi was 1 of 3 projects in the world to receive the PMI Distinguished Project Award. We are the first organisation in Singapore to have received this prestigious award, which was incepted in 2006.
The PMI Awards recognise and honour successful developments that promote project management concepts, techniques, practices, or theories through the effective application of project management principles.
Casa Clementi is part of the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme, and it is a significant milestone project for us due to its size and proximity to existing developments. This project brought out the best of project management skills from the team members from HDB, Surbana, and Straits Construction. Stakeholder interests were managed throughout the construction period, public communications were well handled, and sound quality assurance systems produced excellent quality outcomes.
In recognition of our efforts to reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency, our commercial development, Connection One, clinched the award for ‘Best Energy Efficiency Practices in the Public Sector (Large Building Category)’ at the EENP Awards Ceremony held on 9 October 2013.
Located in Bukit Merah and formerly the HDB Centre, Connection One was commissioned in 1986. It is now a commercial complex leased to multiple tenants.
In the management of Connection One, several energy conservation and sustainable environment measures were taken into consideration; the various green initiatives incorporated include:
From 2012, these measures have resulted in an average energy consumption reduction of 10%.
The annual EENP Awards are organised by the National Environment Agency (NEA), Energy Market Authority (EMA), and the Economic Development Board (EDB) to foster a culture of sustained energy efficiency improvement in industries, particularly for the major energy consuming industries. The awards also aim to encourage companies to take a proactive approach towards energy management through the identification and sharing of best practices.
Guided by the HDB Environmental Policies, we will continue to pursue environmentally sustainable methods and implement energy-efficient improvements, both at Commercial One and our other HDB-managed commercial facilities.
At the Architecture World Conference 2013 held in Bangalore, India, on 19 September 2013, our Enterprise Architecture (EA) beat 15 other entries from around the world to win the iCMG Enterprise and IT Architecture Excellence Award (Best Enterprise and IT Architecture in Government/ Defence/ Public Sector category).
The EA is a blueprint to orchestrate applications, information, and technology to ensure our Information Communications Technology initiatives are aligned with corporate goals and strategies to achieve organisational excellence. It enables capabilities such as a 360-degree view of our customers, and end-to-end integration of business processes. Winning this award is testimony of the robustness of the EA’s IT architecture and methodology, putting us in good stead as we progress to meet future challenges.
iCMG is a leading international organisation in providing IT architectural services. The iCMG Awards, into their 4th year as of 2013, honour architects and enterprises whose work demonstrates a combination of talent, vision, and workmanship in creating successful systems and enduring enterprises.
FIABCI Singapore Property Award 2013
The FIABCI Singapore Property Awards recognise excellence in real estate development projects and individual properties, based on design, aesthetics, functionality, and contribution to the built environment and community at large.
On 5 September 2013, Punggol Breeze won the FIABCI Singapore Property Award 2013 (Master Plan Category). Comprising integrated residential and communal facilities, Punggol Breeze has direct connections to Punggol MRT Station and Oasis LRT Station, and is mere minutes from My Waterway @ Punggol. This award-winning development was designed with the community in mind and features green spaces and a common green where play and fitness facilities cater to residents of all ages.
Other HDB projects that have won the FIABCI Singapore Property Award in 2011 and 2012 are:
FIABCI Prix d'Excellence Award 2013
Considered the Oscars of the real estate industry, the FIABCI Prix d'Excellence recognises outstanding projects that best embody excellence in the real estate disciplines. The projects are evaluated on architecture and design, development and construction, community benefit, and environmental impact.
Competing in the Public Infrastructures/ Amenities Category at the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Awards Ceremony held on 27 May 2013 in Taichung, Taiwan was our very own My Waterway@Punggol, which won the prestigious Gold FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Award 2013.
We were the only public agency to receive this coveted global award, and the win re-affirms our continued efforts and investments in green building infrastructure and technology as part of our contribution to sustainable developments in Singapore.
At the Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards Ceremony on 22 August 2013, we clinched the SEC – Senoko Energy Green Innovation Award for our Prefabricated Extensive Green (PEG) Roof System.
The PEG Roof System is an innovative green roof solution jointly developed by HDB and UGL Premas, and used to introduce greenery to the urban landscape by creating instant greening on the rooftops of existing and new buildings. Lightweight and portable, the PEG Roof System helps to mitigate the impact of urbanism by offering green visual relief, thus addressing the environmental concerns of many urbanised cities, in which green spaces are traded for rapid urban construction.
The SEC – Senoko Energy Green Innovation Award recognises companies that have made significant technological breakthroughs to improve environmental protection. It encourages companies to create products that are innovative, practical, and environmentally friendly. Winning the award serves as a means of benchmarking our sustainability practices within the industry, and recognition of our efforts in creating a sustainable environment in Singapore.
The teams behind ‘Cool Ideas for Better HDB Living’ and ‘Enhancement for Active Seniors’ (EASE) were both awarded the MND Minister’s (Team) Award at the MND National Day Observance Ceremony (NDOC) on 7 August 2013.
First presented in 2006, the award recognises innovative team-based projects which contribute to MND’s vision and challenges of transforming Singapore into ‘An Endearing Home and Distinctive Global City’.
Since the launch of the ‘Cool Ideas for Better HDB Living’ initiative in July 2011, more than 100 ideas from the community have been crowd-sourced to improve HDB living. The initiative, mooted by Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan and led by Senior Minister of State for National Development Lee Yi Shyan, takes a systematic and active approach to co-create solutions with the public. ‘Cool Ideas for Better HDB Living’ not only nurtures budding inventors, it also serves as a good avenue for greater community interaction through 3 different platforms:
EASE aims to make homes safer and more elderly friendly for seniors living in HDB flats. With EASE, 130,000 elderly residents will enjoy an improved quality of life, with greater confidence to move about in their flats. As the incidence of falls is lowered, healthcare needs and costs are also reduced.
Designed in consultation with healthcare professionals, the Ministry of Health, MND, and HDB, EASE was launched in July 2012. The package of elderly friendly items is offered as additional optional improvements under the Home Improvement Programme, and to eligible elderly residents via Direct Application.
The CIO Summit on 31 July 2013 saw our Integrated Car Parks System (ICPS) edge out 5 other finalists – from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore – to clinch the 2013 IT Excellence Award (Best Bottom-line IT category).
Into its 11th year in 2013, the annual IT Excellence Awards are organised by Fairfax Business Media to recognise organisations for the original and creative use of technology to help attain business goals. The Best Bottom-line IT award category honours organisations that innovatively use IT to drive down operating costs and improve operational efficiency.
Our ICPS project integrates all parking offence processes into a single portal. Staff have a bird’s-eye view of the various work items, which helps them to better serve our customers through more effective prioritisation of their work. For customers, the system allows them to enquire on their fines history and transact online. In addition, ICPS also interfaces with partners like Comfort Delgro for drivers’ details via paperless workflows, which further improves inter-agency integration and work effectiveness.
We were the sole public agency to win a Minister for National Development R&D Award (Distinguished Award) at the 2nd Urban Sustainability R&D Congress held on 27 June 2013.
We won the award for our work on My Waterway@Punggol, where we created a 4.2km man-made waterway that serves not only as a living laboratory for innovations and green technologies, but also as a sustainable living environment for the local community to enjoy. R&D on the waterway saw us carry out continual test-bedding of urban solutions to promote greater biodiversity and enhance water quality, and this win is a testament to our commitment to R&D efforts.
The Minister for National Development R&D Award was set up by the Ministry of National Development in 2011 to recognise the important role that R&D plays in helping the MND family realise the shared vision of making Singapore an endearing home and distinctive global city. This year (2013), 15 projects were nominated for the award, with the winners determined by a judging committee based on their potential contributions to MND’s vision and mission.
On 16 May 2013, we marked yet more achievements at the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) CPA 2013 Ceremony.
At the event, we won the inaugural CPA – Advocates (Platinum), which is the highest accolade in Singapore for achievements in improving building project productivity at the organisation level. This new awards category was created in 2013 to distinguish contributions towards the adoption of designs, construction methods, processes, and/ or technologies that significantly improve productivity levels for building projects.
In total, we received 18 CPAs:
Winning these 18 awards show that complex engineering projects do not necessarily hinder construction productivity. For the ramped up Building Programme to meet the high demand for flats, we adopted innovative construction methods, processes, and technologies to boost construction productivity to help ensure that flats are delivered on time without compromising on quality.
Launched on November 2010, the CPAs recognise built environment professionals, consultants, and builders for their achievements in improving productivity in the industry.
At the GEA Presentation Ceremony on 30 April 2013, 3 of our projects were acclaimed as award winners:
Organised by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the GEAs recognise government agencies that have excelled in their efforts to continuously innovate and deliver excellent government services electronically to citizens and businesses. In total, GEA 2013 attracted over 90 submissions from more than 45 agencies.
My Waterway@Punggol was one of 5 finalists for the OCEA Award and a Merit Award recipient during the ASCE Outstanding Projects and Leaders Gala Dinner in Washington, USA, on 21 March 2013.
Organised by ASCE, these annual awards recognise and honour projects that best illustrate superior civil engineering skills and represent a significant contribution to civil engineering progress.
As the only project from Asia, My Waterway@Punggol puts HDB and Singapore on the world map for its delivery of quality and impactful development of a unique waterfront living experience while preserving the nature and heritage of the area with innovative green and environment-sustainable solutions.