HDB Greenprint Brings Sustainable & Green Living to 5,800 Households in Teck Ghee
About 5,800 households in Teck Ghee can look forward to an improved living environment under the HDB Greenprint (绿色家园计划). The HDB Greenprint @ Teck Ghee was launched on 4 July 2015, by Minister of State for Health, Dr Lam Pin Min. First unveiled in 2012, the HDB Greenprint brings sustainable living into existing public housing estates. Yuhua in Jurong East was selected as the pilot Greenprint neighbourhood, with works scheduled for completion later this year.
2 As the second and larger test-bedding site for the HDB Greenprint, this launch marks the extension of HDB's efforts in bringing green living to more residents in existing HDB estates. Works under the HDB Greenprint will be carried out in phases from 2015 to 2018, and benefit 40 blocks, from Blocks 401 to 421 and 456 to 476 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10.
3 The HDB Greenprint will introduce sustainability initiatives in areas such as waste management, as well as energy and water conservation. Works include, among others:
HDB will be holding an exhibition at Teck Ghee Square (in front of the hawker centre at Block 409 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10) to showcase the proposed plans and gather feedback from residents. The various green initiatives under the HDB Greenprint @ Teck Ghee are summarised in the Annex.
4 The HDB Greenprint @ Teck Ghee will cost an estimated $38.3 million. The Pneumatic Waste Conveyance System (PWCS) in Teck Ghee will have a network of underground pipes totaling about 6.5 km in length. This will be HDB’s second and largest installation of an automated waste collection system in a mature estate, following the PWCS at Yuhua which spans about 4.6 km. Household waste will be automatically vacuumed through the underground pipes into a centralised bin centre. PWCS will minimise pest nuisance, foul smells and waste spillage, offering residents a cleaner and greener living environment. With the PWCS, it also eliminates the need for workers to collect garbage manually.
5 Another feature of the PWCS is the integration of sensor technology, which allows for better waste measurement at the individual chute stack, and triggers waste collection by volume once a certain amount of waste is disposed from households. In addition, this data can be remotely retrieved and analysed.
6 Other sustainability efforts at Teck Ghee include installing energy-efficient LED lights with motion sensor technology, in the common areas and surface carparks. These LED lights are targeted to reduce about 50 per cent of the energy consumed by indoor and outdoor lights. Furthermore, lighting levels in common areas based on human traffic patterns can be optimised with the sensors. For example, the lights can be controlled to be dimmed to a certain level to further reduce energy consumption, especially during times of the day where there is low footfall.
7 These initiatives are in line with the “Smart HDB Town Framework” which was launched in September 2014, to leverage Information and Communication Technology to make HDB towns and estates more liveable, efficient, sustainable and safe for our residents.
8 In transforming Teck Ghee into a green neighbourhood, eco-friendly urban transport infrastructure such as secured bicycle parking facilities will be installed, and enhanced cycling paths will be integrated into the neighbourhood. This cycling path will conveniently connect residents to the Ang Mo Kio Hub and Ang Mo Kio MRT station, as well as Bishan Park.
9 Additionally, as green neighbourhoods require green communities, community engagement efforts will be rolled out. At the exhibition, residents are encouraged to share their views. They can indicate their preferred bicycle parking location in the neighbourhood, vote for their preferred activities such as community gardening and eco learning journeys, or projects such as creation of an eco-mural. They will also be invited to share how they would like to make Teck Ghee a greener neighbourhood. Schools in the vicinity will be invited to come on board and join the community in promoting green habits amongst residents.
10 HDB CEO, Dr Cheong Koon Hean said, “A key goal for Singapore is to grow in an efficient, clean, and green way. With over 80% of Singapore's resident population living in HDB flats, HDB plays a major role in contributing to this goal. Building sustainable towns that offer green living has always been a focus for HDB, for both new and older flats. We aim to make every new flat an eco-flat. Since 2014, all new flats have been designed with a standard suite of eco-features. For older flats, we “green” the estates through the HDB Greenprint. We have piloted the Greenprint in Yuhua, and are now extending it to Teck Ghee. All the new sustainable and eco features in our estates will provide residents with a better and more sustainable living environment over the long-term.”
11 The HDB Greenprint @ Teck Ghee Exhibition is located at Teck Ghee Square, along Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, in front of the hawker centre at Block 409. It will be open for public viewing from Saturday to Monday, 4 - 6 July 2015, at 10.00am to 8.00pm.