Monday, October 08, 2012

HDB envisions greener towns

In line with efforts to build green and sustainable towns, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) has introduced a new Greenprint, to be carried out in phases at Jurong East from 2013 to 2014.  


Plans include enhancing greenery, building new cycling tracks, installing new bicycle parking facilities and constructing underground pipes to transport waste into centralised bins.


At an estimated cost of S$18 million, HDB’s Greenprint will be piloted in Blocks 209 to 240 Jurong East Street 21, better known as the Yuhua neighbourbood, comprising 38 blocks of 3,194 homes.  Of this, S$1 million will be allocated for a Greenprint community test-bedding fund to encourage Singaporeans to propose green solutions for HDB estates.


There are also plans to introduce energy- and water-saving solutions like the installation of solar panels, sensor-controlled LED lighting for outdoor street lamps and a rainwater harvesting system. Surrounding greenery will also be enhanced through landscaping, vertical greenery and green roofs.


“Green towns need ‘green’ residents who embrace eco-friendly practices. Beyond providing the infrastructure, we hope our residents will partner us in this journey towards creating a more sustainable and liveable environment,” said Dr. Cheong Koon Hean, CEO of the housing board.


All the initiatives under HDB’s Greenprint are targeted at transforming estates into “Green Neighbourhoods”, upgrading to “Green Flats” and forming “Green Communities”.


To help give the public a better understanding of the Greenprint, an exhibition was held at Yuhua Community Centre on 6 October and will travel to three other locations within the estate in the coming weeks.


The Greenprint is in support of the “Roadmap for Better Living in HDB Towns”, which aims to build sustainable towns.


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