Study for a greener Punggol

As published in The Straits Times online
15 Dec 09

A NEW study of Punggol Town's temperature and wind velocity will help urban planners build a more energy-efficient township.

The study, a collaboration between the Housing and Development Board (HDB) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Design and Environment, was officially announced on Tuesday.

Its findings will be applied to upcoming and existing developments in Punggol Town, in Singapore's north-east.

The $960,000 study, jointly funded by the Ministry of National Development, HDB and NUS, will study three aspects of the area's climate using on-site measurements, computer simulations and a wind tunnel: Hot and cool spots, wind conditions and patterns of sun and shadow.

The study is expected to be completed by the end of 2010. In the next four to five years, its findings may be translated into development/ design changes, said Mr Alan Tan, deputy managing director for environmental sustainability research at HDB's Building Research Institute.

'Punggol is a new town, and there are a lot of opportunities to testbed new technologies in this town so as to achieve a sustainable living environment in future,' Mr Tan said.

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