Skyrise greening seeing ‘wonderful results’: Khaw
SINGAPORE — National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said Singapore’s greening campaign is moving skywards, with “wonderful results”.
He said in a blog post today that Singapore is among the leading cities in skyrise greening. There are over 50 hectares of rooftop greenery in public and private buildings here.
Mr Khaw highlighted the greening efforts in public housing estates, which he said will help realise the vision of providing Singaporeans with “housing in a garden”, adding that many residents have been enjoying lush, green spaces at the rooftops of their multi-storey car parks (MSCP).
The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has built 108 MSCPs with rooftop greenery, adding about 20 hectares of green space. Another 111 MSCPs with rooftop greenery are being built and the HDB plans to add nine hectares of rooftop greenery in existing MSCPs over the next few years.
The HDB has also come up with labour saving technology like the Prefabricated Extensive Greening roof system, which allows plants to thrive without irrigation and uses lightweight plastic trays which are easy to install.
The housing board is also exploring innovative systems, such as vertical greening systems, which are being tried out in Sembawang.
27 February 2012
A rooftop garden located at the multi-storey carpark of Punggol Oceanus. Minister of National Development Khaw Boon Wan said on Feb 13 that future HDB flats will have an increase in the number of ‘common green’ locations. PHOTO: DON WONG