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First Smart-Enabled Singapore Public Housing Estate Will Be Ready in 2020

First Smart-Enabled Singapore Public Housing Estate Will Be Ready in 2020

Singapore’s first smart-enabled public housing estate will reach its completion phase in 2020, an announcement in The Straits Time reads.

Punggol Northshore Residences will feature 1,400 housing units that will be ready to be occupied during the next year. All of these units will be equipped with the innovations required to have a smart home – high-tech distribution boards, smart power sockets and others.

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) made its first announcement about the characteristics of the residential property and the available smart infrastructure in the end of April, 2019

Smart Infrastructure for a Better Life

As per the HDB announcement, the smart infrastructure that’s already in place will allow for online connectivity of key appliances and devices in the flat.

From the coffee maker to the air conditioning unit, the owner will have the power to control nearly all aspects of living through a mobile app. This development is in line with forecasts for future trends. Smart innovations and technologies will potentially become standard in the future, allowing owners and residents to modify their living environment remotely.

Punggol Northshore Residences will feature a number of essential smart innovations.

Smart fans on ceilings in the community spaces will be activated whenever the temperature in the building rises above a certain threshold. Human traffic will be determining for the speed of the fans turning to reduce excessive use of electricity.

Smart lights will also be available in common areas. Once again, illumination will be provided on the basis of human traffic to eliminate waste altogether whenever a certain part of the property is empty.

There are several other cool features like smart pneumatic waste conveyance system (the level of waste will be monitored through the use of sensors to ensure adequate recycling and disposal), a smart automobile parking (sensors will once again be used to get a better idea about the parking demands of residents) and smart irrigation for the green areas in front of the building.

Greener, More Sustainable and Innovative HDB Estates

The announcement of the first smart-enabled public housing option in Singapore is in line with HDB properties to ensure greener and more sustainable living.

HDB first announced in 2018 that most new residential projects will come with either smart or green living features to encourage sustainability and to reduce utility expenditure. Designs derived from the concept of biophilia have been adopted ever since 2013. The aim of these residential designs was to enhance existing national resources and to ensure rational usage.

The Punggol Northshore District was one of the first to feature such green and sustainable features.

Upon the initial introduction of biophilic designs, HDB carried out extensive research in partnership with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the National Parks Board and the National University of Singapore. Based on three years of analysis, further improvements were made to the concept.

Previously, in 2017, HDB announced that all future housing blocks with at least 400 square metres of roof space will be designed with solar-friendly installations. Once again, this is the infrastructure required for the placement and the functioning of solar panels for clean energy production.

Solar-ready roofs were first featured and tested out on Punggol Edge BTO projects in 2012. The construction of these solar-ready roofs was finalised in 2016. The implementation was completely successful, which prompted the HDB to increase the scope of the project and to seek for additional green, innovative and smart living installations in public housing projects.

The hardware and infrastructure-based approach reduces the amount of time needed to put together a system and to get it running. The associated costs are also brought down, making it easier for a wider range of residential property owners in Singapore to experiment with innovative technologies that guarantee better and greener living.

A final benefit of such infrastructure, whether sustainable or smart, is that it allows for the collection of key data.

Through the hardware that’s positioned in some projects and that will also be available in the first smart homes to be launched in 2020, the HDB will learn a lot more about tenant behaviours. Based on such information, additional smart solutions can be sought for community areas and the infrastructure that’s currently in place can be fine-tuned for future HDB developments.

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