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Title: THE GREEN BUILDING ENVELOPE: THE NEXT LAP FOR PUBLIC HOUSING IN SINGAPORE
Authors: WEE HIANG YEW CARL
Keywords: Dissertation (Architecture)
2003/2004 AkiD MArch
Sustainable Architecture
Public Housing
High-rise high density housing
Housing and Development Board
Building Envelope
Singapore
Architecture
Master (Architecture)
Tse Swee Ling
Issue Date: 19-Sep-2017
Citation: WEE HIANG YEW CARL (2017-09-19). THE GREEN BUILDING ENVELOPE: THE NEXT LAP FOR PUBLIC HOUSING IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The public housing of Singapore has been a successful scheme that currently accommodates 85% of our population of 3.2 million people. After going through several phases of development, from the mere supply for the housing shortage of the 1950s, to the current emphasis on apartment ownership as viable assets, it has indeed come a long way. As it arrives at a comfortable pace of construction where the supply may be even in excess of the demand for public housing, perhaps we should take a step back and re-consider a possible new direction for the public housing of Singapore. What is the next lap that can be foreseen in the housing development in Singapore? In view of the global awareness of global warming caused by the combustion of fossil fuels, which subsequently leads to the rapid depletion of such energy sources, we need to reduce such dependency and find alternative energy sources. Perhaps in the field of architecture it is time for Singapore to explore more intensively into sustainable developments. What other form of building typology can offer as much breadth and capacity to experiment as public housing? The emphasis on sustainable design in architecture is gaining recognition and support from various countries in the world, particularly in the United States and United Kingdom. Is it possible for us to take a leaf from what other countries have achieved in this field and develop viable applications with respect to the public housing in Singapore? This research paper looks at the history of development of public housing in Singapore against the sustainable measures that have been implemented so far. The various strategies available to us for environmental control and possible sustainability in the building envelope are examined. Lessons from relevant foreign and local case studies provide better insight into an integrated approach towards a sustainable building envelope. Finally, it will attempt to propose integrated sustainable design strategies for the future residential building envelopes of Singapore.
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