Updated: 07/30/2013 00:38

Minimum buildability and constructability scores to be raised from September

Minimum buildability and constructability scores to be raised from September

The Building and Construction Authority or BCA will raise the minimum buildability and constructability scores for new projects only from September this year. 

This was announced by Senior Minster of State for National Development, Lee Yi Shyan, at the launch of a Integrated Construction and Precast Hub or ICPH today. 

The minimum requirement, which aims to raise productivity in the construction sector, was supposed to have kicked in this month. 

Earlier this year, the National Development Ministry announced several new measures to raise construction productivity. 

This included increasing the minimum Buildability and Constructability Score requirement for all new projects starting this month. 

This requirement will now only be imposed in September. 

"We are often in consultation with the industry, I think this is still a good time to start."

Mr Lee says the new requirements would hopefully lead to building designs that are easier and more efficient to build. 

"When we look at buildings right now, you got to design upfront, how you are going to build this building. All the thinking work will be done upstream, so that the downstream can carry on the project faster, and using less workers."

Mr Lee adds that the Government will continue to provide incentives and funding support to encourage more companies to adopt more buildable and construction designs. 

This includes awarding bonus points for companies who choose to use "pre-cast" or "pre-fabricated" building components. 

To meet demand for such building components, the government will continue to roll out more land tenders to build Integrated Construction and Precast Hubs or ICPH. 

The newly launched "SEF Space Hub", is one such plant built under a BCA public tender. 

It comprises a five-storey production factory that is equipped with automated precast production technology. 

Its project director, Raymond Chan, says the hub will be able to produce 25 types of building components for various construction projects. 

This includes preassembled products such as prefabricated bathroom units. 

He explains how the hub would enhance the capabilities and productivity of local construction precast production when completed in 2015. 

"In a typical precast yard, items go to a fixed location. Instead, for this hub, components are moved to each station for it to be done, it is moved in to a storage system before it is ready to be moulded and delivery, because of this we are able to chuck out a high production."

-By Lee Gim Siong

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