Singapore: Punggol Northshore set as testbed for smart technologies


These smart technologies will include car park, lighting, and waste conveyance systems that can monitor usage patterns in order to reduce waste and energy. If these systems are found to be feasible and cost-effective, they will be introduced to other HDB estates. 

Northshore is the next district in Punggol to be developed by the Housing and Development Board (HDB), after the Matilda district which was announced in 2013. One of seven districts in Punggol – Northshore will offer an estimated 6,000 new flats, with the first project slated to be launched next year, HDB said on Tuesday (Sep 9).

Plans for the new generation of public housing – including developments in Tampines North and Bidadari – are tailored to capitalise on each estate’s distinct character, history and local flavour, HDB announced on Tuesday (Sep 9). The Northshore development looks set to have a distinctively groundbreaking identity. Residents can look forward to several firsts, including seafront housing, a direct connection to the Light Rail Transit (LRT), smart technologies and eco-friendly features.

Testbed for Smart Technologies

Notably, this will be first district to serve as a testbed for smart technologies in public housing. These technologies will include an intelligent car park system that automatically adjusts the number of parking lots for visitors and residents, depending on the time of the day. Residents can also expect lights with sensors that monitor human traffic and optimise the provision of lighting in common areas accordingly. HDB says this smart lighting could potentially reduce energy usage by as much as 40 per cent.

A smart pneumatic waste conveyance system will also be incorporated into the blocks. Sensors in the system will monitor waste disposal patterns, to optimise the deployment of resources for waste collection.

Mr Johnny Wong, Group Director for the HDB Building Research Institute, described Northshore as a great opportunity to integrate all this smart technology. “What we are hoping to do is that once we find this to be feasible, and people can accept it, and it is cost-efficient, we will slowly roll this out to all our other estates,” he said.

Northshore will also be the first district where public housing is installed with solar-ready roofs. Structural and electrical considerations were kept in mind for the buildings’ design, to allow for the easy installation of solar panels in the future.

Sea Views and an LRT Link

As Punggol’s first seafront housing district, Northshore’s buildings and sky gardens will come in varied heights in order to capitalise on the sea views. It will also have a seafront commercial centre, with shops and dining outlets.

Northshore will also be the first public housing district to be directly connected to an LRT station. A two-storey walkway called a “community spine” will link the LRT station to the waterfront, providing sheltered access for residents.

More greenery is also expected. A two-storey communal deck will also host spaces – like a seafront viewing deck – amidst greenery for the community to relax and interact. The district’s central green will also have eco-features like a dragonfly pond and bioswales. Besides enhancing the landscape, this is also expected to promote biodiversity and treat surface runoff water.

On Tuesday, HDB also announced new projects in Tampines North and Bidadari, which promote green and sustainable living.


Source: Channel News Asia

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