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HDB launches first 'smart' flats tomorrow

NEW POSSIBILITIES: An artist's impression of the Northshore Residences project in Punggol. Ranging from two- to five-room flats, they will have additional infrastructure so that smart systems can be installed easily.
HDB launches first 'smart' flats tomorrow

COOL IDEA: Residents will encounter smart fans that respond to wind speed and temperature conditions in the neighbourhood centre.


    May 26, 2015

    HDB launches first 'smart' flats tomorrow

    THE first "smart" Housing Board flats will be launched tomorrow, with prices starting at $28,000 after grants for two-room flats.

    The new flats in Punggol Northshore, ranging from two- to five-room units, have additional infrastructure, so that smart systems can be installed easily.

    Extra power points and data sockets will allow home owners to install systems that monitor energy consumption, for instance.

    Another possibility is a monitoring and alert system for elderly occupants who are home alone.

    Such smart systems will have to be bought from commercial firms, as the flats will not come fitted with them.

    After taking into account grants, prices for three-, four- and five-room units start at $132,000, $249,000 and $354,000 respectively.

    Buyers are likely to be attracted by the waterfront setting and seamless connection to the LRT, said ERA Realty key executive officer Eugene Lim.

    "Considering the attractive features, the prices are very affordable," he added, as the four- and five-roomers are $130,000 to $170,000 cheaper than older resale flats of comparable size that are not near the waterfront.

    Smart flats are just one high-tech aspect of Punggol Northshore, the first new HDB estate to be a test bed for smart technologies.

    Residents will encounter smart fans, which respond to wind speed and temperature conditions in the neighbourhood centre and sensor-controlled lighting in common areas.

    A carpark management system will make more visitor parking spaces available during non-peak hours - when residents with season parking are likely to be out - and fewer visitor spaces available in the evening.

    A smart pneumatic waste conveyance system will monitor waste disposal and recycling, and sensor-based irrigation will maintain the greenery while saving water.

    The 1,402 units in Northshore Residences I and II are among 4,040 flats to be offered in the upcoming Build-to-Order exercise.

    The rest are in the mature estates of Clementi and Tampines, and the non-mature estate of Sembawang.

    For Poong Kothai, 35, a three-room flat in Tampines North is a bigger draw. "It is a better location as my daughter's school is nearby," said the auxiliary police officer.

    The first Tampines North flats were launched last November. Four- and five-room flats had proved popular then, with 2.5 and 4.5 applicants per unit respectively. But there were fewer applicants than units for three-room flats there.

    Tomorrow, 5,000 new flats will also be offered in a concurrent Sale of Balance Flats exercise. These flats are closer to completion and located in a range of mature and non-mature estates.

    Additional reporting by Amos Lee