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    Sep 10, 2014

    New HDB projects to be eco-friendly

    THE first public-housing projects in the upcoming Tampines North, Bidadari and Punggol Northshore areas are set to feature a range of green initiatives.

    Aside from heavily landscaped facilities such as roof gardens, the Build-To-Order projects will boast technologically advanced and eco-friendly features such as air-pressure waste systems.

    "Intelligent" carpark monitoring systems will also be installed at the four pioneer precincts in Punggol Northshore.

    These automatic systems reserve space for residents by adjusting the number of parking spaces available to visitors, depending on the time of day.

    The roofs of these seafront blocks of flats, which face the Strait of Johor, will be designed to allow installation of solar panels.

    Common areas will have sensors that can reduce energy usage by dimming the lights when human traffic is low.

    More than 3,000 units in blocks as high as 26 storeys will be launched by the Housing Board next year.

    Among other amenities will be a shopping centre, a two-storey walkway connecting the nearby Samudera LRT station to the waterfront, and a dragonfly pond in the middle of the area.

    At the first housing precinct in Bidadari, which will also be launched next year, residents in more than 1,000 units can look forward to walkways flanked by greenery, shops and eateries. They will also get views of a man-made lake and a new park from blocks of flats as tall as 18 storeys.

    Those living in the first Tampines North precinct will have a park as an entrance, with resting pavilions shaped like sand piles, drawing inspiration from the area's history of sand quarries.

    More than 1,500 units, in blocks spanning 14 to 16 storeys, will be launched in November. Every block will come with a "living room" with landscaped greenery on the ground floor.

    Bridges in Bidadari and Tampines North will connect garden decks and different blocks across roads.

    All the new precincts will also come with air-pressure or pneumatic waste systems to reduce the manpower and trucks needed for refuse collection.

    Property analysts believe each of these locations will be popular for different reasons.

    "Bidadari has been touted to be the next Bishan. It's near to town and is considered city-fringe housing," said ERA Realty key executive officer Eugene Lim.

    "Tampines North is close to the Tampines regional centre, so it will enjoy the amenities of a mature estate."

    Nicole Tan, 23, who is unemployed and plans to apply for a Tampines North flat with her boyfriend, said: "It's a five-minute drive from Tampines Ave 1, where my parents live. It will be so convenient to visit them."

    PropNex Realty chief executive Mohamed Ismail Gafoor said that Punggol Northshore will be a hit with those looking for waterfront lifestyle activities.

    Mr Lim said: "It will probably be the cheapest waterfront housing you can get."

    He added that the distance from the city centre will be a lesser concern, noting: "Those who buy flats in Punggol see it as a self-contained town. It will be bustling like Tampines in years to come."