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HDB launches its first eco-friendly precinct


HDB Launches Treetops @ Punggol Under The Build-To-Order (BTO) System

HDB is launching its first Eco-Precinct, Treetops @ Punggol (ÂÌÜ°Ô·), under the Build-To-Order (BTO) System, today (27 Mar 2007). The development is expected to be completed in 2011.
The application period is from 28 Mar 07 (Wed) to 17 Apr 07 (Tues). Details of the application procedures are at Annex 1.
Located at the junction of Punggol Road, Punggol Drive and Punggol Place, Treetops @ Punggol is just a few minutes¡¯ walk from the Punggol MRT station and the Damai LRT station. Residents will also be well served by the public bus transport network.
Residents at Treetops @ Punggol will enjoy convenient access to commercial facilities. The development is also within close proximity to the future Punggol Town Centre and the future sports complex.
Treetops @ Punggol consists of 712 units of Premium flats housed in seven 16-storey residential blocks. There are 98 units of 3-room flats, 600 units of 4-room flats and 14 units of 5-room loft units.
Unique to this eco-precinct is the 5-room loft unit which features a double-volume living room and an open terrace that can be converted into a sky garden.
The development will incorporate a range of green technologies and innovations for effective energy, water and waste management.
These include solar panels to generate lighting for common areas, centralised recyclable refuse chutes and a rainwater collection system.
Parking facilities and services will be located at the podium level, hence providing residents with direct and convenient access to their apartments.
Above the podium car park is a vehicular-free area called the Eco-Deck. Planted with lush greenery, the Eco-Deck is an enhanced green lung for the precinct, where residents can interact and enjoy the eco-lifestyle.
Residents can look forward to a well-shaded jogging path, exercise stations for the elderly and a children¡¯s playground made from recycled materials. There will also be a precinct pavilion and a community garden.
Intensified greenery at the Eco-Deck, vertical greening along the columns of the residential blocks, and green roofs at the roof decks will help to cool down the ambient temperature, while beautifying the precinct environment.
Conditions for purchase of flats
All units (including the 3-room, 4-room and 5-room loft units) at Treetops @ Punggol are open for application to households with a gross monthly income of up to $8,000.
The usual eligibility conditions for purchase of new HDB flats, such as citizenship, family nucleus and non-ownership of private residential properties are also applicable.
First-timer families whose average gross monthly household income is $3,000 or less and have been in continuous employment for the past 2 years at the time of flat application, will also be eligible for an Additional Housing Grant of between $5,000 and $20,000 to assist them in their purchase of a flat.
HDB rental tenants who are first-timers and have lived in their rental flats for a minimum of 2 years may apply for a 3-room flat under the Tenants¡¯ Priority Scheme, if their gross monthly income does not exceed $3,000. Those with higher income or who would like to apply for larger flats will not be eligible for any priority under this scheme.
Optional Components Scheme
Treetops @ Punggol is a Premium contract and all the flats will be provided with full floor finishes and colour-coordinated sanitary ware.
Buyers can opt to have the internal doors installed in their flats under the Optional Components Scheme. They only need to pay an additional $1,500 for 3-room flats or $1,900 for 4- / 5-room flats. This additional sum will be added to the selling price of the flat.
BTO Exhibition
HDB will hold a BTO exhibition at the Sales Display Area of the HDB Hub. Information about the development, 3D models and the finishes provided will be showcased.
Interested applicants can collect the sales brochures at the HDB Hub, or visit HDB¡¯s e-Sales website at for more details. There are also advertisements featuring the BTO launch in the local newspapers.
More information on Treetops @ Punggol can be found at Annex 2. For enquiries, the public can:
         - e-mail;
         - call the Sales/Resale Customer Service Line at 1800-8663066 on weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm; or
         - visit the HDB Sales Office to speak with our customer service officers.
More..... (Annexes)

Source: Press Release 27 Mar 2007

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