Treelodge@Punggol

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Coordinates: 1°24′23″N 103°54′21″E / 1.40639°N 103.90583°E / 1.40639; 103.90583 Treelodge@Punggol (Chinese: 绿馨苑) (previously known as Treetops@Punggol) is Singapore’s first Green Mark Platinum Award public housing project.[1] The Eco-Precinct was launched in March 2007 under the Housing & Development Board's Build-To-Order (HDB) Scheme.[2] Located in Punggol New Town, at the junction of Punggol Road, Punggol Drive and Punggol Place, Treelodge@Punggol is just a few minutes’ walk from the future Town Centre, Punggol MRT/LRT Station station and the Punggol Bus Interchange.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Mr Teo Chee Hean officiated at the completion ceremony of Treelodge@Punggol. More significantly, Treelodge@Punggol is also home to HDB's one million flat, an achievement that spanned 50 years since HDB was first formed on 1 Feb 1960.[3]

Building details[edit]

Architecture[edit]

Treelodge@Punggol consists of 712 units of Premium flats housed in seven 16-storey residential blocks. There are 98 units of 3-room flats, 600 units of 4-room flats and 14 units of 5-room loft units. Unique to this Eco-Precinct is the 5-room loft unit which features a double-volume living room and an open terrace that can be converted into a sky garden. Like the other housing projects in the BTO Scheme, Treelodge@Punggol was designed by Surbana. Kay Lim Construction & Trading Pte Ltd won the tender to build the project for $119.70 million on 24 December 2007.[4] The estimated completion date for Treelodge@Punggol is 4th Quarter 2010.

The residential development incorporates a range of green technologies and innovations for effective energy, water and waste management. These include north-south orientation of the buildings, solar panels to generate lighting for common areas, centralised recyclable refuse chutes and a rainwater collection system. Intensified greenery at the eco-deck, vertical greening along the columns of the residential blocks, and green roofs at the roof decks helps to cool down the ambient temperature, while beautifying the precinct environment. In addition, there is a well-shaded jogging path for residents, exercise stations for the elderly and a children’s playground made from recycled materials.

FerroLite partition wall system[edit]

Treelodge@Punggol was one of the piloted HDB projects in Singapore for the FerroLite partition wall system.

Designed to reduce noise transmission between rooms, the flats come fitted with the patented FerroLite partition wall system. The wall is essentially non-load bearing and made of ferrocement. As compared to other cement-based partition walls, the hollow core of the FerroLite wall cuts down on the need for raw materials like cement and sand. In addition, services can be installed and concealed within the wall with minimal wet works and without the need for hacking.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BCA Green Mark Awards 2007". Building & Construction Authority. Retrieved 15 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "HDB Launches Treetops@Punggol Under The Build-To-Order (BTO) System" (Press release). Housing & Development Board. 27 March 2007. 
  3. ^ "Completion Ceremony for the residents of Treelodge@Punggol" (Press release). Housing & Development Board. 19 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Tender Award for Punggol West Contract 7". Housing & Development Board. Retrieved 24 December 2007. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Small Idea, Big Impact". House Word. March 2008. p. 6. Retrieved 15 July 2008.