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5 innovations that will build better and smarter HDB homes and towns – check them out!

Out and About

Shaping HDB Homes of the Future

Exciting innovations await the home of the future.

At the World Cities Summit (WCS) held in July this year, the theme was ‘Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Innovative Cities of Opportunity’.

Exploring how governments and industry experts are co-creating integrated urban solutions for the future, the exhibition provided a glimpse into what these homes might be like. 🙂

We bring you 5 exciting innovations that will shape the HDB homes of the future.

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1. Simulation tools to design better homes

At WCS, a live demonstration kiosk showed visitors how HDB simulates the impact of green initiatives using its Complex Systems Modelling Tool. The tool helps to derive the most effective combination of solutions to achieve the desired sustainability targets for HDB towns.

It was actually tested out at Punggol Northshore, where the first batch of smart HDB homes will be located.

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2. Smart sensors to auto-detect environmental conditions

While Singapore’s weather may be unpredictable, smart HDB towns of the future can aspire to provide a comfortable living environment for all residents.

For example, sensor-controlled fans installed in common areas can help regulate the temperature all year round in an energy-saving way. You would not have to worry about the heat while you are out and about in your neighbourhood!

3. Track household energy consumption while on the go

Always wanted to do your part for the environment? Now you can do so easily with the Utilities Management System (UMS) at home. The UMS allows users to track their household water and energy consumption in real-time through mobile devices.

Additionally, residents will receive tips on how to reduce their water and energy use. On top of achieving an eco-friendly lifestyle, you get to enjoy lower utility bills too!

4. Elderly caregivers can enjoy peace of mind with SEMAS

If you have elderly family members at home, the Smart Elderly Alert System (SEMAS) may be invaluable for your family. The system helps monitor the elderly through motion sensors installed at home, and alerts are sent to caregivers via text message when irregular patterns appear.

Visitors to the HDB exhibition booth at WCS were able to experience first-hand how these smart home applications can improve residents’ lifestyles through a mock-up of a Smart HDB Home.

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5. Older HDB estates are getting Smart-er too!

Besides Punggol Northshore, did you know that Yuhua is actually the first existing town to benefit from smart home solutions?

Building on sustainable improvements already implemented under the HDB Greenprint, the introduction of smart features will transform Yuhua into a smart and sustainable neighbourhood.

The ‘My Smart HDB Home’ initiative was successfully launched at Yuhua, where SEMAS and UMS have been made available for residents to purchase at discounted rates to help them monitor the well-being of their loved ones, and save on energy and water consumption.

By K
July 21, 2016


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Keep your bathroom dry, ventilated and fungi-free by following these useful tips!

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How to Have a Clean and Dry Bathroom

After a long day at work, all most people want is to be back at home for a refreshing bath. There is nothing more welcoming than a clean and dry bathroom!

Given Singapore’s humid weather, it can be tricky to keep moisture from building up in your bathroom. We share with you some tips on how to maintain a fresh and dry bathroom, and keep unwanted fungi growth at bay.

Inspect Regularly

If you have a bath mat, do lift it up and check for any dampness on your bathroom floor. Remember to check the walls and your bathroom ceiling too! There might be a leak somewhere that is supplying continuous moisture to your bathroom which will encourage fungi growth. So make sure to have routine checks on your plumbing fixtures for leaks.

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Stay Dry

Wipe down your bathroom whenever you have the chance to – be it after a shower or while cleaning your bathroom regularly. The splashing of water during bath time may have caused water to be trapped in inconspicuous corners, resulting in moisture accumulation that can lead to mould and mildew formation.

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The simplest prevention measure would be to minimise the impact of water splashing, and keep any wooden surface as dry as possible. You may minimise water splashing by installing a shower screen or curtain at your shower area.

While taking a shower, do remember to shut your shower screen or draw your shower curtain. After showering, towel yourself dry before stepping onto your bathroom floor.

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Additionally, avoid hanging damp towels, washcloths or wet clothing on the door where it might soak up the extra moisture.

Ventilate

After using the bathroom, always open up the window and door to allow maximum air circulation within the room. Letting the light in can also help dry out any excess moisture in the bathroom easily.

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And there you have it –– some easy and useful tips on having a clean and dry bathroom! 🙂

Let us know if you have any more bathroom maintenance tips via mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg or our Facebook page!

By Briana Tan
July 19, 2016


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