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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.
Plantation Grange is located within the Tengah planning area, West Region under URA Planning area. Being a new township aimed to impress with new planning approaches, Tengah will be more sought after by the Millennials looking for new and vibrant living condition. Based on our early assessment, if you are going to go for a 4-room, you will have 72% chance of getting a hot unit. A 5-room will be better off at 48% chance of getting a hot unit. A hot unit mean the main façade of the unit having at least 3pm west sun exposure (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 and 2 out of 4 for 5-room. (Please note that we have our own assessment with analysis record and this is only available in our paid analysis)
"Engaged Hausanalyst a few days before our appt date as we were still undecided on which unit to pick. Best decision made since it is a huge purchase + time wasn't on our end. Initially we already had in mind of our dream flat + unit however we were uncertain of the pros and cons. Read reviews and chanced upon Hausanalyst. Turns out, on our first meeting, we realised what we had visualized in our minds all along were in actual fact not what it is. Backed by scientific data, we were given a thorough and detailed report, a model of the entire project and nitty gritty details down to the direction and exposure of the sun throughout the year at different timings, noise pollution from which areas and wind directions, just to name a few. Even the rubbish chute / water piping and how it functions were explained to us. There and then we knew the money spent weren't in vain. We were shown many aspects of the project which opened up our selections for the unit. On top, having the model enables us to be situated in the desired flat itself with the use of VR, being able to see the view and floor plan of the unit. End up, based on professional advice given, we selected our desired flat. Please do not hesitate to render this service. An amount of money would open up your mind + you ought to know what you're paying for with the huge sum spent. Thank you for your patience and rushing out the report for us! Highly recommended!!"
Mr. Tan Kok Rui | commercial banking | Tampines GreenVines 5-rm 2018
With the heat being the main culprit, wind has been touted as a saviour. The most visible wind intake would be the prevailing wind, which happens due to weather changes in Northern and Southern hemisphere. The Northern and Southern hemisphere experience 4 seasons, thus prevailing wind happen across the equator when there’s a difference of air 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 consolidated, if you were to get a 4-room unit, your chance of getting a prevailing wind will be at 33% while getting a 5-room will put you at a higher chance of 36%. We define the prevailing wind exposure as the wind hitting diagonally onto the surface of the external wall of the unit, usually the façade with the most numbers of windows. 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 window frame. 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 both 4-room and 5-room.
"Throughout the entire selection process, he (hausanalyst) was readily available to answer any of our queries. He (hausanalyst) also made us realised that most of the “older generation” assumptions (ie. west sun direction, high floor and etc) were all wrong. His (hausanalyst) report is also very detailed in a way that it included elements like unit to unit distance, unit to rubbish chute distance, the exact sun shading of the unit, and also a 3D view of the unit of your choice. All these elements are the nitty gritty details where one might disregard when it comes to selection of a unit."
Mr. Zy | engineer, SAF | Tampines GreenGem 4-rm 2018
"Not that we didn't trust your free review but being kiasu we decided that we should get the paid review as well since we are deciding to buy something that costs few hundred thousand. Thankfully we did, ...
Totally agree with you that housing is one of the most expensive investment, we need to know what we are buying. Even buying a $300 thing some of us research for weeks on which is the best brand etc what more a $300k house?"
Mrs. Lim | Tampines GreenWeave 4-rm 2015
"Thank u (hausanalyst) for yr detailed (analysis), it was helpful in knowing what I'm getting instead of blind guessing or just knowing the very basic details"
Mr. Goh | recruitment | Tampines GreenCourt 5-rm 2017
"Was a very good experience... Helped me understand and made good informed choice"
Mr. Teo | banking | Tampines GreenCourt 5-rm 2017
This development is located next to the future Tengah Plantation Station (JE1) which will be part of Jurong Region MRT Line. 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 1,140 units with a plot ratio of 2.9. All blocks will have a building height of 7 to 15 levels. 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.
Plantation Grange is nearby to land use reserved for Education, Green corridor and commercial hub which is not more than 400m away. On the down side, this development also nearby to land use for Worship and Utility. 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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