HDB flats

All the new HDB flats will be configured with PBU (prefabricated bathroom units) by year 2019, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) proclaimed on September 6 (Wednesday).

These prefabricated bathroom units that have taken place to be pre-assembled off-spot will go together with finishes such as partial tiling, copper piping, a waterproofing system as well as window frames.

The Housing Board first managed the concrete prefabricated bathroom units in Fernvale Lea, a Build-To-Order (BTO) development situated in Sengkang accomplished in January last year. Up to now, this has been made use of in 15 such projects containing around a total of 14,000 units.

“Moving forward, HDB will carry out prefabricated bathroom units in 60 percent of the classic flats launched in year 2017, and broaden prefabricated bathroom units to all developments launched by year 2019, where achievable.”

In the succeeding two years, the Housing Board will as well begin consuming in 35 percent of its developments the concrete PPVC (Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction) technique, which includes assembling and building three-dimensional (3D) classic prefabricated modular units in a factory.

These components such as bedrooms, kitchen and living room are joint in various configurations in the factory to form several flat layouts. In addition, an initial coat of paint, these are as well pre-fitted with attractive window frames along with the wall and floor finishes, before being moved to the construction place for establishment.

Housing and Development Board first tried the PPVC process in Valley Spring at Yishun, a classic 824-unit BTO development whose construction begun in March 2017.

Earlier to this, the agency did a test run for the Prefabricated Volumetric Construction (PVC) method, which is the same to PPVC nevertheless without pre-finishes such as flooring and paint. This was managed in West Terra at Bukit Batok, an appealing 1,793-unit BTO development jested with prefabricated bathroom units and proposed for completion next year.

The purpose of these new construction approaches is not just an escape from the conventional method where finishes are made on-site, but is also projected to help HDB see the government’s goal of enhancing construction output by 25 percent in year 2020 compared to that in year 2010.

These approaches are most awaited by several individuals. Developers are also expecting to make this method run successful. Stay connected for more updates in BTO flats.

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