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S’poreans must be given support to be eco-friendly: Khaw Boon Wan

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said Singaporeans can embrace an eco-friendly lifestyle, but proper support must be given.

SINGAPORE: National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said Singaporeans can embrace an eco-friendly lifestyle, but proper support must be given.

Writing on the ministry’s blog on Wednesday, Mr Khaw said Treelodge@Punggol is a successful experiment that has given the Housing and Development Board (HDB) the confidence to extend eco-features to all future HDB housing projects.

Mr Khaw said Treelodge@Punggol has centralised chutes for recyclables which have collected three times the amount of recyclables compared to other HDB blocks.

The precinct also has energy-efficient features such as LED lights with motion-sensor control and re-generative lifts, which have lowered the blocks' electricity consumption.

Thus, starting from Wednesday's first BTO launch for the year, HDB will include a standard suite of eco-friendly features in all new HDB projects to manage water, energy and waste more efficiently.

The features include LED lighting with motion-sensors in common areas, centralised chutes for recyclables, and eco-pedestals in the bathrooms which recycle water for toilet flushing, among others.

Mr Khaw said the HDB wants to make going eco "convenient, natural and intuitive" for Singaporeans.

He added that this would be HDB's contribution to making Singapore greener, cleaner and healthier.

One energy expert said the energy-efficient features will have a positive impact on reducing carbon footprint in HBD blocks.

Nilesh Y Jadhav, programme director of the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University, said: "The good thing I like about them is that they are not very intrusive, like fuel cells, regenerative lifts and other things you may not even noticed that they are happening.

"The occupants or home dwellers will not notice that it's really happening in their blocks, but at the same time, they are saving energy and they are effecting carbon reductions."

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