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SG New construction standards pushed to Sept

Property Here - Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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After consultations with industry players, Singapore's Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has pushed back the implementation of new construction standards to September, previously scheduled for this month.

The higher standards will be implemented on 1 September, BCA said. Although its enforcement has been deferred, it is “still a good time to start”, said Senior Minister of State Lee Yi Shyan at the launch of SEF SPACE-Hub yesterday.

The agency originally planned to raise the minimum buildability and constructability score requirements this month, as part of a wider series of measures aimed at enhancing productivity in the industry.

The constructability score gauges the level of adoption of labour-efficient construction processes and methods, while the buildability score measures how a project's design affects labour usage.

Meanwhile, construction firm SEF Group announced it will build the construction and prefabrication facility in Eunos to meet growing demand for pre-cast production in Singapore.

Slated for completion next year, the five-storey facility will be built and operated by SEF. Located on a 32,608 sq m site, the building will comprise offices, a storage area, workers' dormitories and a factory for pre-cast parts.

“As demand for pre-cast and prefabrication components increases, so will the demand for the production capacity of pre-cast components,” noted Mr Lee. He added that 50 to 70 percent of all HDB flats are built using prefabrication, while the percentage for private residential projects stands at 10 to 25 percent.

Nikki De Guzman
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