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Speech by Minister Khaw Boon Wan at the Launch Of SG Heart Map
Speech | 14 Nov 2014 07:33 PM

At the launch of SG Heart Map at HDB Hub today, Minister Khaw Boon Wan invited citizens to contribute their stories of places in Singapore which hold special meaning for them. He recalled his fond memories of the Old Admiralty House, and encouraged citizens to participate in writing the next chapter of Singapore’s story.

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Speech by SMS Lee Yi Shyan at the BCA Academy Graduation Ceremony 2014
Speech | 14 Nov 2014 06:00 PM

SMS Lee Yi Shyan congratulated the graduands at the BCA Academy Graduation Ceremony today. Highlighting the promising career prospects in the built environment sector, SMS Lee shared about the government’s initiatives to equip Singaporeans with skills that are in-demand, as well as develop the capabilities of our workforce.

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Speech by MOS Desmond Lee at the Launch of the Jurong Spring Nature Way
Speech | 09 Nov 2014 12:35 PM

Community efforts are integral to create and maintain a greener environment, shared MOS Desmond Lee at the launch of Jurong Spring Nature Way this morning. He also shared that the Nature Way allows birds and butterflies to move between nature areas, bringing biodiversity closer to our doorsteps.

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Singapore was ranked 11th out of 66 cities in a 2012 Global Cities Index ranking on leaders in globalisation

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The A.T Kearney Global Cities Index provides a comprehensive ranking of the leading global cities around the world. The Index compared how much these cities were integrated with the rest of the world as leaders in globalization. In 2012, the Index ranked Singapore 11th out of 66 cities.

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2013 Global Power City Index - Out of 40 major cities, Singapore ranked 5th in its attraction of talent and companies from around the world.

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The Global Power City Index evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to their power to attract creative people and excellent companies from around the world amidst an environment of increasingly strong urban competition worldwide. Singapore was ranked 5th out of 40 cities in 2013.

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Singapore ranks 25th in the world in terms of quality of living. We are also the highest ranked city in Asia. – Mercer’s 2012 survey

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Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey evaluates local living conditions in more than 460 cities worldwide. Living conditions are grouped into 10 categories: Political and social environment, Economic environment, Socio-cultural environment, Medical and health considerations, Schools and education, Public services and transportation, Recreation, Consumer goods, Housing, Natural environment. In 2012, Singapore was placed 25th in terms of quality of living. This made us the highest-ranking Asian city in the survey.

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Monocle’s Quality of Life Survey in 2013 ranked Singapore in 15th place, amongst the world’s 25 most liveable cities.

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Since 2007, lifestyle magazine Monocle has been publishing an annual list of liveable cities. Important criteria in this non-scientific survey are safety/crime, international connectivity, climate/sunshine, quality of architecture, public transportation, tolerance, environmental issues and access to nature, urban design, business conditions, pro active policy developments and medical care. In the 2013 “Quality of Life” survey, Singapore was ranked 15th amongst the 25 most liveable cities.

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Singapore was 6th out of 40 in a 2013 Knight Frank World Cities Survey based on economic activity, knowledge and quality of life.

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Knight Frank World Cities Survey ranks world cities according to their economic activity, political power, knowledge and influence and quality of life. Overall, Singapore was ranked 6th out of top 40 cities in 2013 (8th in Economic Activity; 3rd in Knowledge & Influence).

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Singapore came in tops in a 2013 Asian Green City Index study.

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In the Asian Green City Index study, the Economist Intelligence Unit analysed the aims and achievements of 22 major Asian cities in eight categories: energy and CO2, land use and buildings, transport, waste, water, sanitation, air quality and environmental governance. Singapore came out tops among 22 major Asian cities in 2013.

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Singapore was named the best location in the world for Asians to live in – ECA International Location Ratings Survey 2012

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ECA International’s Location Ratings system is used to assist International HR departments establish expatriate allowances which compensate staff for the difficulties in adapting to living in their assignment location. The ratings are based on an analysis of living standards of more than 400 locations globally. Singapore was named best location in the world for Asians to live in.

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In 2012, Singapore was ranked top Asian convention city and 6th top Global Convention City.

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The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) rankings cover meetings organised by international associations which take place on a regular basis. These meetings rotate amongst a minimum of three countries. Singapore was ranked top Asian convention city and 6th Top Global Convention City.

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In 2013, a report by the World Bank Group rated Singapore as the easiest place in the world for doing business.

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The Ease of Doing Business Report by the World Bank Group provides a quantitative measure of regulations for starting a business, dealing with construction permits, employing workers, registering property, etc. Singapore was placed 1st among 189 countries surveyed.

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The headquarters of NGO “Earth Hour” is in Singapore.

Andy Ridley, executive director and co-founder of Earth Hour shared "(Singapore is) great for business, great for communications, brilliant for digital. And it's got great people who can work for us.”

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Climate change movement Earth Hour, which has been based in Sydney, Australia since it launched in 2007, moved to Singapore in May 2012.

Earth Hour encourages individuals, businesses and communities to switch off their lights for one hour on the last Saturday of March every year.

The Singapore headquarters is expected to lead the campaign's outreach to businesses.

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Jurong Lake District has been selected as one of the recipients for the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant for 2012.

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Jurong Lake District is intended to support Singapore’s economic growth for the next 10 to 15 years. It will be the largest commercial node and regional centre outside of the central business district, and will become one of the city’s new sustainable high-density districts.

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Singapore has retained its top ranking as the world’s most liveable city in 2012.

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According to ECA International, good air quality, solid infrastructure and healthcare facilities, low crime and low health risks helped Singapore maintain their number one position in the global ranking for quality of living.

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My Waterway@Punggol was awarded the grand prize in the environmental sustainability category for the 2012 Excellence in Environmental Engineering.

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The prestigious American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) award accredits the best in environmental engineering. They selected My Waterway@Punggol for the way it integrated environmental sustainability, stormwater management and community spaces.

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The Henderson Waves Bridge voted the second ‘Top New Bridge’ in + Leisure’s 2012 poll.

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The Henderson Waves Bridge was voted the second ‘Top New Bridge’ in T+L Magazine’s “2012 Best New Landmarks” survey. The bridge also came in 52nd overall in the ‘Most Visited Landmarks’ category. The bridge gained rave reviews for its sculptural wave of steel ribs that follows the walkway, periodically curling up and over the edge to create little coves of sheltered seating.

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The Clementi Town mixed development was a winner of the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Awards 2012.

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Located within the Clementi Town Centre and developed by the HDB, this project displayed distinction in aspects such as architecture and design, development and construction, community benefit, and environmental impact. It was named Runner-up in the Master Plan Category.

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Singapore remains as the 4th most desirable place in the world to live and work in 2013, by recruitment firm Hydrogen and business school ESCP Europe.

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Singapore has maintained its 4th position in a report that surveyed 2148 people globally. Singapore has solidified its position as a major hub for oil and gas, energy, commodities and banking, offering highly developed industries and an excellent quality of life.

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HDB and BCA have been honoured as “Friends of Architecture” by the Singapore Institute of Architects.

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HDB was recognised for collaborating with private architects on several public housing projects. BCA, on the other hand, were honoured for promoting the architectural profession through initiatives such as the Green Mark and Universal Design Awards.

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HDB was conferred the Built Environment Leadership Platinum Award in 2012, a first for public sector organisations.

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BCA’s Built Environment Leadership Platinum Award was awarded to HDB in 2012 for demonstrating excellence and leadership in shaping a safe, high quality, sustainable and friendly built environment in Singapore.

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The Singapore Botanic Gardens won the Canadian Garden Tourism Council’s “International Garden Tourism - Garden of the Year” award for 2012

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The Botanic Gardens is the only Asian nominee in the category, edging out gardens from Canada, Europe and the USA. Winners are selected based on their tourism performance, based primarily on the quality of the garden experience.

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BCA is Singapore’s first public agency to be conferred the UN’s Public Service Award for the “Preventing and Combating Corruption in the Public Service” category

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For its Contractors Registration System, BCA won the 2nd place in Asia for promoting accountability in the procurement of public projects.

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Boston Consulting Group (BCG) highlighted the extensive, high-quality public-housing system as one of the most impressive achievements of the Singapore public service

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From slums to top-quality public housing in a generation – Singapore orchestrated a long-term solution to the severe housing shortage the country faced in its early years. In the process, Singapore developed high-quality public housing on a massive scale, acquiring expertise that has even been packaged as consulting services to other governments.

Today, more than 80% of Singapore’s population live in publicly built flats. Judged by nearly every standard, including scale, cost, affordability, community-building, and even design, Singapore’s housing experiment must be considered a remarkable public-works success.

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The playground at Singapore’s Toa Payoh Lorong 6 has been named by flavorwire.com as one of the 15 Amazing Playgrounds in the World

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The ‘Dragon’ was built in 1979 by HDB’s in-house designer Khor Ean Ghee, and is one of just four playgrounds from Asia selected by the website.

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100 global innovative infrastructure projects - Singapore is the only country to have two projects featured

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In the report by KPMG, Singapore’s two projects selected by the judging panel were:

  • Tuas II Desalination Plant, and
  • the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System from Kranji to Changi.

These projects emerged tops in the ‘Water’ and ‘Recycling and Waste Management’ categories.

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MND conferred awards in three categories at the Singapore Human Resource Awards 2012.

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MND was recognised with the Leading HR Practices Awards for the “E-Human Resource Management” and “Learning & Human Capital” categories.

The Ministry also received a special mention for the “Manpower Resourcing & Planning” category.

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Singapore ranked 3rd most liveable city worldwide by Global Liveable Cities Index 2013

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The Global Liveable Cities study covers 64 Asian, European, American and Middle Eastern cities on five categories:

  • economic vibrancy and competitiveness;
  • environmental friendliness and sustainability;
  • domestic security and stability;
  • social-cultural conditions, and
  • public governance

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HDB takes Global Superior Achievement Award for the Punggol Waterway project in 2012

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The award is the highest honour conferred by the International Water Association according the following criteria:

  • excellence in water engineering;
  • originality and innovative use of technology;
  • future value brought to the engineering profession;
  • social, economic and sustainable design considerations; and
  • complexity of situation

Singapore is the first Asian country to clinch this prestigious award since its inception in 2006.

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URA’s ‘iLight Marina 2012’ conferred 2012 Downtown Pinnacle Award

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The Downtown Pinnacle Award is presented by the International Downtown Association (IDA) and recognises outstanding projects and programmes which are innovative, impactful and enhances the image and vitality of downtown locations around the world.

iLight Marina Bay 2012 is Asia’s first sustainable light art festival. More than half a million visitors visited Marina Bay to enjoy the light art installations and take part in events and activities over a three-week period.

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5 restoration projects announced winners at the URA Architectural Heritage Awards 2013

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The winning projects are:

  • 30 Mohamed Sultan Road (Hong San See Temple)
  • 5 Chatsworth Park
  • 48 North Canal Road
  • 125 Joo Chiat Place
  • Lorong 24A Shophouse Series

The Architectural Heritage Awards exemplify the highest standards within the conservation movement and have gone beyond what is necessary to sensitively restore their heritage buildings for continued use. It also promotes public awareness and appreciation of quality restoration of monuments and buildings with preservation and conservation status in Singapore.

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Three housing projects handed the HDB Design Awards

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The HDB Design Awards recognises architectural consultants for their outstanding design of public housing projects, and is an important benchmark for future HDB projects.

The winning projects are:

  • Casa Clementi
  • Punggol Breeze
  • Waterway Cascadia

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Punggol Breeze bags the FIABCI Singapore Property Awards 2013 for HDB

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FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation, recognised HDB’s leadership in real estate development in terms of design, aesthetics, functionality, and contribution to the built environment and community at large.

HDB has won the FIABCI Singapore Property Award 2013 in the Master Plan Category for its project, Punggol Breeze, the third straight year that the board’s efforts in creating a better living environment for Singaporeans have been recognised by the International Real Estate Federation.

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My Waterway@Punggol accorded the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award in 2012

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My Waterway@Punggol was recognised for its engineering innovations, as well as social and commercial impact to the society.

As Singapore’s first man-made waterway, one of the key challenges was to construct and transform a wall which protects the integrity of the existing MRT structure, into an aesthetically pleasing green wall with waterfall and vertical greens.

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Singapore is home to the world’s first commercial vertical farm

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Built by Sky Greens Farms, the vertical farm is made up of 120 aluminium towers that stretch 30 feet tall. The new farm is able to produce 1 ton of fresh vegetables every other day, which are sold in local supermarkets.

Looking like giant greenhouses, the rising steel structure will help Singapore grow more food locally, thus reducing its dependence on imported produce and provide a fresh new source of sustainable produce for Singapore.

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HDB wins Gold at the 2012 International Award for Liveable Communities

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HDB was conferred the prestigious award under the Project Built section for its “My Waterway@Punggol” project, based on the following criteria:

  • Enhancement of the natural and Built Landscape,
  • Arts,
  • Culture and heritage,
  • Environmental best practices,
  • Community participation and empowerment,
  • Healthy lifestyle, and
  • Strategic planning

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Grant Associates win two Design for Asia Awards 2012 for Gardens by the Bay

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For master planning the 54-hectare Gardens by the Bay, landscape architects Grant Associates picked up the Grand Award and Special Award for Technology at the 2012 Design for Asia Awards (DFA Awards) held by the Hong Kong Design Centre.

The DFA Awards are presented to companies and designers who have achieved success through innovative designs that reflect or impacts the Asian lifestyle.

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HDB named Platinum winner of BCA’s Construction Productivity Award 2013

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HDB was recognised for driving construction productivity at the pre-construction, construction and post-construction stages. One example was the use of Building Information Modeling to reduce construction conflicts.

The agency also stood out for its extensive use of precast technology to speed up the building process.

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“Singapore has become a leader on the global economic stage, thanks mainly to vision and adherence to policy.” - The Nation’ (Thailand)

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An editorial in ‘The Nation’ newspaper (Thailand) noted that Singapore’s development philosophy has become a leader on the global economic stage, thanks mainly to vision and adherence to policy.

Singapore’s development philosophy is manifested in three giant investment projects that have taken shape over the past five years – Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex, Marina Bay Sands, and Marina Bay Financial Centre.

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HDB wins Gold at the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence awards 2013 for My Waterway@Punggol, under the Public Infrastructures/ Amenities category

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HDB was the only public agency and one of seven from Singapore to clinch the award, which is considered the “Oscars” of the real estate industry.

The Prix d’Excellence recognises outstanding projects that best embody excellence in real estate disciplines, and is evaluated based on architecture and design, development and construction, community benefit and environmental impact.

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HDB’s My Waterway@Punggol wins the Distinguished Award - the top prize at the Minister for National Development Research and Development Awards

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Ever wanted to live by the sea, with lush greenery and a thriving biodiversity system surrounding you? Well, now you can at Punggol Town. Through R&D efforts, residents benefit from a reduction in the urban heat island effect, enhanced water quality and a variety of organisms like the rare cuckoo bird surviving in the mangroves and floating wetlands.

HDB’s project, “Creating a Sustainability Living Laboratory along a Waterway in Punggol”, was awarded the Distinguished Award for creating a living laboratory for innovations and green technologies, as well as realising a sustainable living environment in Punggol Eco Town for residents to enjoy.

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BCA’s project with SamWoh Corporation Pte Ltd wins the Merit Award at the Minister for National Development Research and Development Awards

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Waste will no longer be the end, but a means in the construction process. With R&D efforts, waste materials are able to be integrated as Recycled Concrete Aggregate, becoming a source of construction material.

BCA’s project with SamWoh Corporation Pte Ltd as a key partner, “From waste to high value construction material - the first building in the region using 100% Recycled Concrete Aggregate” was awarded the Merit Award for promoting the use of recycled waste materials, and setting an international benchmark for sustainable construction. This achievement significantly contributes to Singapore’s resilience in sourcing for construction materials. Read on to see how waste can become a valuable resource through R&D!

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BCA will be conferred the International Star Award by the US-based energy efficiency coalition ‘Alliance to Save Energy’ in October this year.

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BCA will be conferred the International Star Award by the US-based energy efficiency coalition ‘Alliance to Save Energy’ in October this year. International experts gave the thumbs up for Singapore's green building efforts and emphasised the need to reinforce specific strategies through government leadership, mandatory requirements and incentives.

Singapore is the first country outside of America and Europe, to receive the I-Star Award by US-based energy efficiency coalition.

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HDB’s BTO project Punggol Breeze wins the FIABCI Singapore Property Award 2013 in the Master Plan category.

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For a third year running, HDB has garnered the FIABCI Singapore Property Award 2013 in the Master Plan category for its BTO project, Punggol Breeze.

This award recognizes excellence in real estate development projects or individual properties in terms of design, aesthetics, functionality, contribution to the built environment and community at large. Just so you know, FIABCI is the French acronym for “Federation Internationale des Administrateurs de Bien-Conselis Immobiliers” which means “The International Real Estate Federation”.

Residents of Punggol Breeze can look forward to enjoying a 7,000 sq m adjacent common green with palm trees and willows alongside a jogging track and pedestrian paths.

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BCA wins Prestigious International (I-STAR) Award for its outstanding achievements and commitment to green buildings

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Congrats to BCA for being the first government agency outside America and Europe to be honoured with the International Star (I-Star) for Energy for Efficiency prize!

This is a leading global award for its efforts to help the environment, and is one of seven awards given out by a non-profit US-based energy-efficiency coalition called the Alliance to Save Energy. BCA plans to increase energy efficiency, water conservation, and environmental quality and protection for at least 80 per cent of all buildings in Singapore by 2030.

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BCA wins Singapore Quality Award for business excellence

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Congrats to BCA for winning the Singapore Quality Award (SQA) for its outstanding management and business processes. Guided by the SQA framework, BCA has built a strong culture that strives towards innovation, service and people excellence. BCA also leverages on technology to improve its work processes and increase productivity for its stakeholders. BCA will look into improving its customer service and training framework.

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Gardens by the Bay wins the international Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement.

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The Gardens by the Bay received the award for its creative excellence in the attractions and entertainment arena. Dr Tan, CEO of GB, feels the award is a recognition of the hard work by GB’s team to make every visit to the Gardens a delightful experience.

The Thea Awards, created by Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), recognises achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry.

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The Singapore Botanic Gardens is ranked the top park in Asia in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

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The Singapore Botanic Gardens has been ranked the top park in Asia for the second year in a row in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. The Gardens came in 11th in the ranking of the world’s top parks.

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The Global Liveability Ranking 2014 ranked Singapore as 52nd out of 140 cities

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The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Ranking is part of the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey. The ranking assesses living conditions in 140 cities by assigning a rating of relative comfort across five broad categories: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure. In 2014, Singapore ranked 52nd out of 140 cities; and the fourth most liveable city in Asia.

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