Punggol Waterway Terraces 1 and 2 – 5 Fun Facts You May Not Know

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Punggol Waterway Terraces 1 and 2  – 5 Fun Facts You May Not Know
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Waterway Terraces 1 and 2 residents, are you familiar with your residential estate?

Commanding a prime location, staying at Punggol Waterway Terraces 1/2 is as convenient as it gets for Punggolians. With the biggest local shopping mall (Waterway Point) and the public transport hub in your vicinity, accessing amenities or commuting is undeniably a cinch. And it doesn’t hurt to be at the forefront of waterfront living, where green landscapes bring you closer nature!

Are you pleased to live at Punggol Waterway Terraces? We would believe so. Here are 5 things you may not know about the precinct you now called home!

5 Fun Facts About Punggol Waterway Terraces 1 and 2:

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1. A tribute to Singapore’s early housing developments

Ask any Punggolian the first thing about Punggol Waterway Terraces and its unique arrangement will no doubt comes to mind. But do you know that it was actually inspired by Singapore’s earliest housing developments?

Back in the days, public housings referenced Asia’s rice terraces and were tropical adaptations of contemporary minimalism. Since they were designed well before the advent of air-conditioning, the apartments needed to be cross-ventilated. They were shaded by overhangs and were orientated to avoid the afternoon sun. Punggol Waterway Terraces took all these into account.

Designed by G8A Architecture & Urban Planning, Punggol Waterway Terraces employed “a matrix of planning strategies” that exploit the natural air movement and sun path to optimize natural ventilation and lighting while reducing heat absorption.


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2. Green Mark Platinum Award Winner

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Awards are awarded to developers, building owners and individuals who have made outstanding achievements in environmental sustainability in the built environment.

In 2011, Both Punggol Waterway Terraces 1 and 2 were awarded Platinum for weaving green features into their designs:

Punggol Waterway Terraces 1:

  1. Estimated energy savings: 1,578,200 kWh/yr;
  2. Estimated water savings: 39,500 m3/yr; RETV: 17.86 W/m2;
  3. Building designed with deep overhangs, horizontal and vertical fins to reduce the solar heat gain into the dwelling units;
  4. Ventilation simulation is carried out to aid in the design of the dwelling units for good natural ventilation within the units;
  5. Selection of energy efficient light fittings that could provide up to 59.8% energy savings for the lighting in the common area;
  6. Clothes drying facilities within all dwelling units;
  7. Provision of motion sensors in corridors;
  8. PV panels installed on the roof would be used to generate 300 kWp of solar power which can be used to offset the daytime;
  9. Electrical load at the common areas;
  10. Dual refuse chute to encourage residents to separate recyclable from non-recyclable waste at source.

Punggol Waterway Terraces 2:

  1. Estimated energy savings: 1,305,500 kWh/yr;
  2. Estimated water savings: 30,000 m3/yr; RETV: 18.0 W/m2;
  3. Ventilation simulation is carried out to aid in the design of the dwelling units for good natural ventilation within the units;
  4. Dual refuse chute to encourage residents to separate recyclable from non-recyclable waste at source;
  5. Siphonic rainwater drainage system which uses fewer raw materials;
  6. Membrane water filtration system to reduce water consumption by recycling the water on site during the construction stage;
  7. Rain gardens would be incorporated as part of the landscape to allow pre-treatment of rainwater before the hardscape run-off is discharged into the storm water.

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3. Singapore Good Design “SG Mark Special Mention”Award Winner

In need of a benchmark for exceptional design quality that impacts businesses and communities in Singapore and beyond, the Design Business Chamber Singapore (DBCS) launched Singapore Good Design with the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) back in 2013.

In 2017, Punggol Waterway Terraces was awarded the “SG Mark Special Mention” under the Social Category. What impressed the judges was the clever use of terracing typology with good design elements to enhance connectivity and promote cross-ventilation, light penetration and passive shading features.


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4. Singapore Landscape Architecture Gold Award Winner

Established by the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architecture (SILA), the Singapore Landscape Architecture Award (SLAA) acknowledges and celebrates the best landscape works in Singapore. It also aims to set new benchmarks in design and best practices of landscape architecture.

Punggol Waterway Terraces was awarded the Gold under the Residential Category in 2017 for taking the environment, social value and attention to detail into consideration. The lush landscape pervades the entire development which makes high density living an attractive option. Diverse plant choice and varying tree forms also created a series of interesting spaces that enhances the lushness of the courtyard and terrace spaces.


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5. Fell victim to fake news

Back in 2016, Punggol Waterway Terraces was a victim of fake news!

On Friday (11 Nov), alternative news site All Singapore Stuff published an article claiming that the top floors of Punggol Waterway Terraces have collapsed. The news contributor, who went by the moniker “Bhagonwali”, added: “Previous (sic), the owners of the Built-to-Order (BTO) flats had taken to the Internet to voice their unhappiness over the poor workmanship of their flats.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) dispatched a fire engine and Red Rhino vehicle to the location at around 3.30pm despite receiving no call for assistance. A cordon was even set up. Thankfully, after a thorough investigation, it was declared a false alarm.

The fake news was eventually put to rest at around 5.40pm when the Housing and Development Board (HDB) came forward to debunk the report, with a post on Facebook. A police report was also filed.


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