Jul 12, 2016

    HDB eyes solutions to shield flats from noise

    THE Housing Board (HDB) yesterday inked three agreements for collaboration with industry partners at the World Cities Summit.

    These will enable HDB to tap the expertise of the private industry partners, both locally and internationally, to better plan and design its HDB towns and built environment, it said.

    The first deal is a $10 million contract with the NCS consortium (comprising NCS, Arup Singapore, Samsung SDS Asia Pacific, and Aecom Singapore) to develop a digital master plan and smart hub for HDB towns and estates over four years.

    The master plan will map out a strategic approach towards the deployment of smart initiatives in HDB towns.

    For a start, the master plan will be developed for Punggol Town.

    A new smart hub 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.

    The second deal is 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.

    This will be a one-year research collaboration to understand in-depth the noise generated in an urban environment, such as that from traffic or human activities, and explore solutions to lessen the impact.

    It includes studying suitable materials for walls, floors and windows that can absorb, reflect or reduce the transmission of noise within flats.

    The third is a memorandum of understanding with four parties to organise a conference in Singapore in the later part of 2017.

    They are the International Federation For Housing And Planning, Eastern Regional Organisation For Planning And Human Settlement, Singapore Institute Of Planners and Centre For Liveable Cities.

    The event will bring together housing and planning experts and professionals worldwide in a bid to foster learning and exchange of information and ideas.