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Heat have been a sticky issue in Singapore currently and in foreseeable future due to climate change as well as rapid urbanisation and redevelopment activities. So much so that the National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF) (https://www.ura.gov.sg/Corporate/Resources/Ideas-and-Trends/Beat-the-heat) have funded ‘Cooling Singapore’ initiative, which consist of multi-institutional initiative led by Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC), NUS, SMART and TUM CREATE to look into ways to reduce heat in Singapore since 2017 (https://www.coolingsingapore.sg/).
The higher the unit, the hotter it will be as hot air rises. On top of that, increase usage of air-con which contribute to hot air being emitted from the condenser unit (outdoor unit) will also move upward. Thus, affecting the higher units as the building goes up higher with almost all units these days using air-con. So, the challenge is about finding a balance between having nice view with higher floor vs increase heat intake due to height increase. Architectural elements introduced on the building façade may or may not help in reducing the heat intake as the design are standardised throughout the whole development regardless of the effectiveness for it. Therefore, detailed analysis needs to be done to ascertain the effectiveness of these elements.
Canberra Vista is located at the edge of Sembawang planning area, North Region under URA Planning area. This development is part of the new Canberra township which have been taking shape since 2013. Canberra Vista will be the 12 sites to be developed within this vicinity since 2013 and the 1st for public housing on the other side of the main road, Canberra Link which is mostly populated by private landed and non-landed housing. Based on our early assessment for a 4-room, you will have 55% chance of getting a hot unit. A hot unit mean the main façade of the unit having 3pm west sun exposure of at least 3 months in a year (note that this assessment is based on units having a standard horizontal shading device of at least 300mm to 600mm). We rate the west sun exposure for this development at 1 out of 4 for 4-room. (Please note that our detail assessment will be based on scientific approach used in the construction industry worldwide and it is only available in our paid analysis package)a
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With the heat being the main culprit, wind has been touted as a saviour. The most visible air intake would be the prevailing wind, which happens due to weather changes in Northern and Southern hemisphere. Fundamentally, the Northern and Southern hemisphere experience 4 seasons, thus prevailing wind happen across the equator when there’s a difference of pressure in both hemispheres. Apart from that, there’s other wind sources as well like locally induced wind, sea breeze, etc. In our report, we have never given a ‘0’ for wind assessment in scoring chart. Reason being, the wind intensity may be minimal, but its movement through spaces may increase or decrease the intensity. For example, as the wind move through a gap, the intensity will increase after it went through the gap between two objects. The same situation will happen as air movement (wind) move across the void decks, building, trees, etc. as it gains its intensity and speed.
Based on recorded prevailing wind data from 2014-2017 which we have analysed, if you were to get a 4-room unit, your chance of getting a prevailing wind will be at 30%. We define the prevailing wind exposure as the wind hitting diagonally onto the surface of the external wall of the unit (usually the main façade). While we welcome wind exposure during a hot day, we may not like it during heavy rain as it will help to intensify the rain hitting directly at the windows and some instances cause seepage due to poor workmanship on the window frame. Having prevailing wind will greatly help with cross ventilation of a unit to induce passive internal air change whereby in stagnant air there may consist of bacteria and virus. Read more about prevailing wind exposure here (https://www.hausanalyst.com/bto-analysis/good-housing-prevailing-wind-exposure). We rate the wind exposure for this development at 2 out of 4 for 4-room.
This development is located next to the recently commissioned Canberra station (NS12). In terms of ease of public transportation, having a distance of 400m or less from an MRT station is the best possible situation as this coverage is what we considered as the goldmine for now (as year goes by, it may lose its appeal due to the increased numbers of MRT stations). Proximity to LRT station is not equal to proximity to an MRT station as LRT only serve a small locality and eventually will need to connect to MRT for greater access to the whole Singapore. We rate the transportation proximity for this development at 4 out of 4.
This development consists of a total 1,467 units with a plot ratio of 2.1. All blocks will have a building height of up to 10 levels. This is due to height control within Sembawang vicinity. A development size will determine how resources/ amenities within the development being distributed and utilised. A huge development will translate to a larger parking area, further distance to amenities, more residents sharing the same amenities, etc. More residents sharing the same amenities will attribute to higher wear and tear and eventually higher future maintenance and discomfort. We rate the development size for this development at 2 out of 4.
Canberra Vista is nearby to landuse reserved for Education (yet to be developed), Green spaces (Bukit Canberra Integrated Hub) and commercial spaces at EastLink II @ Canberra just across Canberra Link and the rest of amenities at no more than 500m away. On the down side, this development also nearby to landuse for White site and Business 1 and 2. Amenities within a 500m walk (15 mins walk) from a development will allow better accessibility and save on travelling time. These amenities include schools, health care facility, commercial area and better still with a large green area like parks and waterbody to allow nearby residents to chill and relax. At best, we will try to avoid proximity to industrial area, be it business 1 or 2, airbase, reserved site, etc. A reserved site in URA masterplan being defined as an area the specific use of which have yet to be determined. This will translate to future unforeseen risk to the development. We rate the surrounding proximity for this development at 1 out of 4.
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