• Published Date: 11 Jul 2016

                The Housing & Development Board (HDB) inked three new agreements for collaboration with industry partners at the World Cities Summit today. Aimed at bringing HDB living to new heights, these new partnerships will enable HDB to tap on the deep expertise and wide experience of the private industry partners, both locally and internationally, to promote excellence in the planning and design of HDB towns and our built environment.


    2          As the master planner and developer of public housing in Singapore, HDB has continually leveraged technological advancements to improve the planning and design of HDB estates so that its residents can enjoy a better quality of life.


    3          HDB’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Cheong Koon Hean said, “We are living in a fast-changing urban landscape, with new planning issues to tackle and new housing needs to meet.  We need new partnerships and innovative ideas to keep HDB moving forward. The signing of the three new collaborations today will enable HDB to tap on new ideas and expertise in the industry and exchange good practices with others, so as to create better homes and provide a quality living environment for our residents.”


    4          The three new collaborations are:


    i)          A $10 million contract with the NCS consortium1 which seals a 4-year collaboration to develop a comprehensive digital master plan and Smart Hub to guide HDB’s efforts to boost liveability, efficiency, safety and sustainability for HDB towns and estates.


    ii)         A research collaboration with 3M Singapore to study new and creative ways to soften the impact of noise in Singapore’s high-rise, high-density environment.  


    iii)        A Memorandum of Understanding with the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP), Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlement (EAROPH), Singapore Institute of Planners (SIP) and Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), to organise an International Planning and Housing Conference (IPHC) in Singapore in the later part of 2017. The conference will bring together a network of housing and planning experts and professionals worldwide, to foster learning and exchange of information and ideas.


    Creating Smart HDB homes of the Future - Smart Urban Habitat Master Plan & Smart Hub


    5          In line with Singapore’s move towards becoming a Smart Nation, HDB has since 2014, embarked on a journey to create smart, sustainable and vibrant towns and estates under the Smart HDB Town Framework.  To further build on HDB’s smart efforts, HDB, with support from the Economic Development Board, is collaborating with NCS to develop a new Smart Urban Habitat Master Plan (SUHMP) in a $10 million contract. The Master Plan will comprehensively map out a strategic approach towards the deployment of Smart initiatives in HDB towns. It will also identify ground challenges for the introduction of smart solutions, highlight areas where more research efforts are needed, and explore potential viable business models that can be adopted. This will ensure that the solutions deployed are sustainable, and also provide opportunities for wider partnership with the private sector. For a start, the SUHMP will be developed for Punggol Town.


    6          As part of the collaboration, a new Smart Hub, akin to the ‘brain’ for an HDB estate’s operations, will be developed to collect and integrate multiple sources of information, such as real-time data from sensors around estates, into a central repository sited at HDB.


    7          The data collected by the Smart Hub can transform the way HDB towns are planned, designed and maintained to provide a better living environment for our residents. For instance, dashboards can be created to monitor and analyse the performance of key services, such as lighting, pumps and waste collection. This will enable HDB to better monitor estate operations and optimise maintenance cycles.  The data can also be used to identify patterns, predict potential maintenance issues, allowing for proactive upgrading and replacement of systems. 


    Creating a More Pleasant Living Environment – Collaboration to Develop Solutions to Address Noise in an Urbanised Environment


    8          In city environments, noise is a common challenge that can have an impact on the quality of living. HDB will embark on a one-year research collaboration with 3M Singapore, to understand in-depth the noise generated in an urban environment, such as those from traffic or human activities, and explore viable solutions to lessen their impact on residents. This includes studying suitable materials for walls, floors and windows that can absorb, reflect or reduce the transmission of noise within flats, to create a more pleasant living environment.


    Creating the Best Homes by Learning from Best Practices – International Planning and Housing Conference to be Hosted in Singapore in 2017


    9          In our continuing efforts to pursue innovative ideas for public housing and bring about improvements in our urban environment, HDB, jointly with the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP), have initiated the organisation of an International Planning and Housing Conference to be held in Singapore in 2017.


    10        A Memorandum of Understanding was signed today with the IFHP, as well as three other partners – Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlement (EAROPH), Singapore Institute of Planners (SIP) and Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), to organise the conference.


    11        The international conference will provide a valuable platform for professionals, policy makers, designers, planners, engineers and builders from around the world to come together, to share good practices and exchange ideas in planning and housing their citizens.


    Going Forward 


    12        The three new agreements signed today mark yet another step forward in HDB’s journey to develop well-designed homes, sustainable towns, and a quality living environment for our residents. Going forward, HDB will continue to partner the industry, professional organisations and institutes of higher learning to explore new approaches and innovative solutions to bring about better homes for Singaporeans.  

    [1] Consortium includes NCS Pte Ltd, ARUP Singapore Pte Ltd, Samsung SDS Asia Pacific Pte Ltd and AECOM Singapore Pte Ltd