BCA-URA joint release: New regulations to improve productivity in the construction sector

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Singapore, 6 November 2014 - To further raise construction productivity as outlined in the Budget 2014, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) announced that the Building Control (Buildability and Productivity) Regulations now include requirements on the use of labour-efficient construction methods and building design.

From 1 November 2014, projects are required to:

(a) Meet higher minimum Buildable Design and Constructability standards.
This will make buildings easier to construct and encourage the use of efficient construction methods and processes.

(b) Use prefabricated and standardised components. 
All non-landed residential developments are required to adopt drywall as internal partitions for dry areas. In addition, standardised floor heights and building components such as precast staircases, precast refuse chutes and doors will be required for new projects.

(c) Adopt high-impact productive technologies for projects under the Government Land Sales (GLS) programme. 

(i) These include the adoption of Prefabricated Bathroom Units (PBUs) in residential (non-landed) sites, including Executive Condominiums, and the residential (non-landed) component of mixed-use sites sold under the GLS programme. 
(ii) In addition, the adoption of Prefabricated Pre-finished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) will be imposed on selected GLS sites.

Please refer to Annex A for more details on the new requirements and Annex B for information on PBUs and PPVC.

First two selected GLS sites to adopt PPVC

Two upcoming GLS sites at Yishun Avenue 4 and Jurong West Street 41 (scheduled to be released for sale in November and December 2014 respectively) will need to meet these new requirements including the adoption of PPVC. Please refer to Annex C for the location plans of these sites. PPVC involves the assembly of whole rooms or apartment units complete with internal fixtures that are produced off-site and installed on site in a Lego-like manner.

Besides these two sale sites, PPVC is being adopted in several projects in Singapore. These include a student hostel at Nanyang Technological University and a building extension to the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel. City Developments Limited will also be the first developer in Asia to adopt PPVC for a large-scale residential project - an Executive Condominium at Canberra Drive.

Extension of tender period for land parcel at Upper Serangoon Road

The first sale site that is required to meet the new requirements specified in paragraphs 2(a), 2(b) and 2(c)(i) is the land parcel at Upper Serangoon Road. The tender for the land parcel was launched on 25 September 2014.

To provide more time for prospective tenderers to take these new requirements into consideration before submitting their bids, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is extending the tender closing date for the land parcel at Upper Serangoon Road. The tender will now close on 27 November 2014 instead of 13 November 2014.

Information on the land parcel and its location plan are available in Annex D. More details on the land parcel are available at http://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/land-sales-repository/Sites/uppserangoon-cl.aspx.

Portable document format version of the media release is also available(2.3MB .pdf).

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