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SDEV visit Singapore
to develop construction issues

Hong Kong Secretary for Development (SDEV), Mr Michael Wong, visited Singapore on 13 January 2019. This visit aims to discuss issues relating to construction technologies and green buildings with the Singapore senior government officials.Singapore has been promoting MiC, which is known as Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) in Singapore. This has been an innovative construction method since 2013, and has developed more than 50 MiC projects so far. That is why Mr. Wong met with Mr. Hugh Lim, Chief Executive Officer of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), to learn about the various policies rolled out by the Singapore Government. These policies aim to support and promote the adoption of this innovative construction method in building projects.

With the Chief Executive Officer of the Building and Construction Authority, Mr Hugh Lim (second right)

Mr. Wong took the opportunity to brief BCA officials on Hong Kong’s BEAM Plus assessment method and learnt about the operation and effectiveness of Singapore’s Green Mark Scheme. He also took a tour of the revamped Zero Energy Building (ZEB) situated at the BCA Braddell Campus which incorporates low carbon, green building technologies and innovative designs.

Mr Wong learnt more about the implementation strategy and experiences of Singapore in adopting MiC in public housing projects through a meeting with Mr. Fong Chun Wah, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Housing and Development Board.

With the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Housing and Development Board, Mr Fong Chun Wah (left)

He also visited a nursing home project using MiC modules with the concept of “factory assembly followed by on-site installation”. This project aims to construct a 12-storey integrated building for healthcare purposes. He also visited the off-site yard, which supplies construction components to the project.

Mr Wong then proceeded to Jurong Port to visit a prefabrication fitting-out factory to gain a better understanding of the workflow and process of assembling free-standing integrated MiC modules, including completing the basic interior fitting-out as well as appliance and facilities installation at the factory. — Construction+ Online