HDB project to introduce green features completed at Yuhua

Today Online 27 Nov 15;

SINGAPORE — A pilot programme to bring green features to Yuhua marks its completion this month, three years after it was launched.

The initiative sought to introduce energy-efficient, water management, and waste management features to the estate.

Features installed include a rainwater harvesting system, a pneumatic waste conveyance system that uses high speed air suction to transport household waste via an underground pipe network to a centralised bin centre, green roofs and vertical greenery for blocks to reduce block surface temperatures and an enhanced pedestrian and cycling network to encourage green commuting.

Yuhua, which spans 38 blocks and comprises about 3,200 households, has also been conferred the BCA Green Mark Award (Platinum) in recognition of the initiatives.

“With the completion of HDB Greenprint, we have made Yuhua more green and brought sustainable living to our residents. They now enjoy a cleaner, greener and more pleasant living environment,” said Dr Cheong Koon Hean, chief executive officer of HDB in a press statement today (Nov 27).

“HDB will continue working towards making every town and estate more liveable with sustainable initiatives that improve the lives of our residents,” said Dr Cheong.

After Yuhua, Teck Ghee in Ang Mo Kio is the second estate to undergo the HDB Greenprint project. The HDB announced in July that works to fit environmentally friendly technology in 40 blocks in the estate would be carried out over the next three years.


Yuhua now a 'green neighbourhood' after revamp
With the completion of HDB Greenprint @ Yuhua, residents there now have access to energy-efficient features, as well as water and waste management, says HDB.
Channel NewsAsia 27 Nov 15;

SINGAPORE: The completion of the HDB Greenprint @ Yuhua project means residents there are the first to experience "sustainable living" in an existing public housing estate, said the Housing and Development Board (HDB) on Friday (Nov 27).

The project, which was launched in 2012, aimed to bring energy efficient, water and waste management features to the estate. The blocks in the project range from 209 to 240 at Jurong East Street 21 and comprises about 3,200 households, the press release said.

Among the features introduced is the Pneumatic Waste Conveyance System, which makes use of high speed air suction to transport household waste to the Centralised Bin Centre. As it is enclosed and automated, this method reduces waste spillage, foul smells and pest issues, HDB said.

The project has also enabled limited resources to be used more sustainably over the long term. For example, with the Elevator Energy Regeneration Systems installed in the lifts of 16 blocks, they now use an average of 20 per cent less energy compared to conventional lifts, HDB said.

As a result of the revamp, Yuhua was awarded the Building and Construction Authority's Green Mark Award (Platinum) for existing residential buildings - the highest accolade under the award scheme, it added.

"HDB will continue working towards making every town and estate more liveable with sustainable initiatives that improve the lives of our residents," HDB CEO Cheong Koon Hean said in the press release.

- CNA/kk

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