• Published Date: 14 May 2015

          Housing and Development Board (HDB) is conferred the Building Information Modelling (BIM) – Organisation (GoldPLUS ) Award, a distinguished honour for achievements in implementing the BIM technology to drive planning and construction productivity at the organisational level. HDB is the first and only public sector organisation awarded the BIM Award – Organisation this year.


    Pioneering BIM in Public Housing


    2       The use of BIM is one of the key strategies in HDB’s Construction Productivity Framework to raise construction productivity from 2010 by 20 to 25 per cent, by 2020. The three-dimensional modelling technology enables building professionals of various disciplines to explore the building project digitally, before it is built. This leads to a better integrated collaboration of expertise among the planners, surveyors, designers and builders, thereby optimising the cost-effectiveness and quality standards across HDB’s construction value chain.


    3       As one of the early adopters of BIM in Singapore, HDB has been applying this advanced simulation software in its new projects five years ago, since 2009. Since 2012, HDB has mandated the use of BIM in the design of its new development projects and more than 60 projects have implemented BIM so far. HDB also worked closely with the industry to optimize the workflow for public housing developments through BIM, and to develop a BIM object library for precast components, which accounts for up to 70% of HDB’s building components. The use of the library will shorten the lead-in time required for production.


    4      The BIM Award is a testament to HDB’s organisational efforts to leverage on technology to improve the process of building delivery and support the national drive to raise construction productivity.


    Recognition for Quality and Sustainability


    5       Besides the BIM Award, HDB was also conferred another 21 awards at the BCA Awards Ceremony held on 14 May 2015 ( Annex A):

    • 9 Green Mark Awards
    • 3 Universal Design Mark Awards
    • 6 Construction Excellence Awards
    • 3 Construction Productivity Awards - Projects


    6       In housing more than 80% of the Singapore resident population, HDB is constantly seeking new ideas and innovation to provide quality and sustainable homes and living environment for the residents.


    7       Its efforts continue to receive recognition this year, with 9 projects clinching the Green Mark Awards. Among the winners, HDB office complex, Woodlands Civic Centre, and the landmark integrated project, Kampung Admiralty, received the Green Mark Platinum Awards, the highest rating possible, for incorporating energy efficient and environment-friendly features and practices beyond the mandatory requirements. This is also the second award won by Kampung Admiralty ahead of its completion in 2017. The first award was the Universal Design Mark GoldPLUS (Design) Award, received in 2014.


    Kampung Admiralty awarded the Green Mark Platinum Award, for the extensive greenery and sustainable features in the development.


    8       Three other housing projects also bagged the Universal Design Mark Awards this year. Segar Grove won the Universal Design GoldPLUS Award and the first new generation of public housing at SkyVille @ Dawson clinched the Universal Design GoldPLUS (Design) Award. These award-winning projects incorporated Universal Design features to enhance accessibility and user-friendliness for users of all ages and abilities.


    SkyVille @ Dawson awarded Universal Design Mark GoldPLUS Award. Residents will soon benefit from the ease of accessibility within the development, once it is completed in­­­ 3Q 2015.


    9       In addition, HDB received another three Construction Productivity Awards - Projects and six Construction Excellence Awards for its developments. With about 26,000 households receiving the keys to their homes this year, HDB will maintain stringent quality and productivity practices to ensure that quality flats are timely delivered to home buyers.


    Exciting Homes of the Future


    10       HDB’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Cheong Koon Hean said, “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.”