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Singapore reviewing if more can be done to help firms hit by labour crunch, entry curbs: Tan See Leng

Authorities are “very mindful” of the labour crunch that companies in the construction, marine shipyard and process sectors are facing, and will continue to review if additional support measures are needed, said Second Minister for Manpower Tan See…

Pre-emptive COVID-19 testing at dormitories, worksites after new cases detected

Pre-emptive COVID-19 tests are being conducted in dormitories and worksites following a new cluster of infections at Westlite Woodlands Dormitory. More than 5,500 workers were tested between Apr 23 and Apr 26, MOM said on Wed. The tests…

BCA relaxing rules on hiring China construction workers due to India travel ban, but some firms see minimal impact

As the flow of construction workers from India has been impacted by new border restrictions last week, the authorities will be temporarily loosening measures to allow construction companies to recruit workers from China from May 7. However, some…

New appointments to BCA, URA boards

BCA will have a new chairman and deputy chairman from Thurs, along with five new board members. Mr Lim Sim Seng, 62, group head of consumer banking and wealth mgmt at DBS, will replace Mr Lee Fook Sun…

Shaw cinema at Nex reopens, more than 6 months after ventilation duct collapse

More than six months after two people were injured when a ventilation duct collapsed at the Shaw Theatres outlet in Nex, the cinema has reopened. A Shaw Theatres spokesman told ST on Fri that the cinema had resumed…

Sustainability targets for built environment sector under newest Green Building Masterplan

Amid a nationwide push for sustainability, more ambitious targets to green the built environment sector have been set under the latest edition of the Singapore Green Building Masterplan (SGBMP). The fourth edition of the SGBMP comes as part…

New and existing buildings required to be more energy efficient under revised BCA standards

From the end of this year, all new buildings will face higher minimum energy performance requirements, said BCA on Thurs. New developments being submitted for planning approval from the fourth quarter will have to be 50 per cent…

Singapore to deploy network of climate sensors across island

Singapore plans to deploy a network of climate sensors across the country, as part of efforts to mitigate the effect of a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect. On Thurs, MSE Minister Grace Fu said the…

Actor Terence Cao charged with breaching Covid-19 laws over birthday party held at his condo unit

Mediacorp actor Terence Cao was charged on Tues with flouting Covid-19 safe distancing rules over a birthday party held at his condominium unit last Oct. Another Mediacorp artiste, Jeffrey Xu, had posted a photograph on his IG Stories…

Going green and high-tech, construction sector draws youth who bring plans on paper to life

Ms Danilah Norahim’s curiosity about construction projects was piqued as a child when she went overseas with her family and got to see architectural marvels such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris. After she graduated with a degree…

Developers urged to keep up workmanship quality standards

We thank Mr Peh Chwee Hoe for his letter, “Consider liveability and environment when giving out awards” (Feb 9). BCA Awards recognise the contributions and achievements of industry stakeholders in various areas, including construction quality and environmental sustainability.…

Tanjong Pagar car crash: Conservation shophouse sustained only ‘surface scratches’, says BCA

The Tanjong Pagar conservation shophouse where a car crashed and burst into flames early on Sat sustained minimal damage, said BCA on Sun. It said an engineer was dispatched to the site on the morning of the accident,…

Consider liveability and environment when giving out awards in construction sector

In Dec, there were two forum letters in which writers listed defects in their condominiums after they moved in and expressed disappointment with the developers and their main contractors, some of which were award winners for quality. Three…

2 men to be charged with breaching Covid-19 laws during birthday celebration involving Mediacorp artistes

Two men will be charged in court on Mar 2 with flouting Covid-19 safe distancing rules by celebrating a birthday party with 11 other people last Oct. It is understood that the incident involved four artistes from Mediacorp.…

Bring together all building-related regulatory info in a single app

The authorities have been promoting a whole-of-government approach when engaging citizens. The reality is that many government agencies are still pushing out their own platforms and information, such as regulatory requirements and circulars, to engage stakeholders. Take, for…

Is Green Mark the answer to greener buildings?

Today, buildings are reasonable for nearly 40 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Approximately two-thirds of the built environment that exists today will still be in use in 2050. In Singapore, the built environment’s contribution is estimated…

472 receive BCA scholarships and sponsorships at awards ceremony

When polytechnic graduate Wong Yishan received a sponsorship offer from BCA last Sept, she was over the moon. “I immediately said yes because there was a huge lump sum and a confirmed job for the next two years,”…

Public sector projects to drive bulk of construction sector’s recovery in 2021

Construction demand is expected to make a moderate recovery in 2021, largely supported by public sector demand, with a number of “major” infrastructure projects to be awarded this year, BCA said on Mon. BCA projected that S$23 billion…

Developers, builders need to uphold construction quality standards

The letter by forum contributor Eveline Tu resonated strongly with my experience of buying a strata-titled property. The property I purchased, located in the east, received its TOP around late 2015. The developer and main contractor are relatively…

49 cases of fallen windows in the first 11 months of this year

There were 49 cases of fallen windows across Singapore between Jan and Nov this year, BCA said with HDB on Fri. Thirty-two of these involved casement windows, or windows with a side that is hinged to a frame.…

Cracks on Jalan Besar shophouse pillars raise concern

Large cracks across 10 pillars at an old shophouse in Jalan Besar have caused passers-by to worry for their safety, compelling one person to make two police reports about the building. Parts of the house at 45 Syed…

Keppel Bay Tower first commercial building to be certified with BCA Green Mark Platinum (Zero Energy)

BCA has certified Keppel Bay Tower as a Green Mark Platinum (Zero Energy) building, which means it has a low energy use index (EUI) of less than 115 kWh psqm per year and also uses renewable sources of…

NEX cinema ventilation duct collapse due to accumulated water, overloaded brackets: BCA

The collapse of a ventilation duct at Shaw Theatres in NEX shopping mall was caused by overloaded brackets due to the weight of accumulated water, authorities said on Mon. Two people were injured when the duct collapsed during…

Authorities working with popular Seletar petting farm to rehome animals, find alternative sites for its businesses

The authorities are working with a popular petting farm in Seletar, which is closing its doors after two decades to make way for new roads, to rehome its animals and find alternative premises for its pet-related businesses. The…

S’pore’s changing urban design an ‘added barrier’ for those with disabilities?

Paralympic medallist Theresa Goh has surmounted a good many challenges over the course of her two-decade swimming career. But in the midst of Covid-19, the 33-year-old, born with spina bifida and paralysed from the waist down, found herself…

Bars, dividers make spaces less welcome to homeless: Observers

Public spaces in Singapore have been designed to be unwelcome to the homeless – and as a response to citizens complaining about rough sleepers in their midst, according to architects and experts. Assistant Professor Ng Kok Hoe from…

Large cracks on pillars and falling concrete appear at Tampines HDB block

Concrete has fallen off two pillars and exposed the reinforcing steel beams along the fourth floor corridor of Blk 915 Tampines St 91, causing worry among residents that the falling concrete could injure passers-by. Large cracks are also…

COVID-19: More than 450,000 contact-tracing devices to be distributed to migrant and local workers

More than 450,000 contact-tracing devices will be distributed to all migrant and local workers living or working in dormitories, as well those at worksites in the construction, marine shipyard and process sectors. These tokens, if carried by workers…

Covid-19: Work pass privileges for 2 employers suspended for failing to send workers for routine testing

Two employers of foreign workers have had their work pass privileges suspended by MOM for breaching routine testing requirements for Covid-19. As the employers, who were not identified, had failed to arrange for two work pass holders to…

How safety assessors ensure measures are followed

Togged up in boots and a safety helmet, with a checklist in hand, Mr Tan Chin Jiat strides towards a construction site, arriving unannounced. Like at any building entrance, he checks in via the SafeEntry system, goes through…

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