New regulations to raise productivity in the construction sector

SINGAPORE - The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) announced new requirements under what is known as the building control (buildability and productivity) regulations on Thursday.

These new requirements on the use of labour-efficient construction methods and building design come in the bid to raise construction productivity, as outlined in the Budget 2014, said the BCA.

As of last Saturday, projects are required to meet higher minimum buildable design and constructability standards, use prefabricated and standardised components, and use high-impact productive technologies for projects under the Government Land Sales (GLS) programme.

For instance, higher minimum standards will make buildings easier to construct and encourage efficient construction methods.

And under high-impact technologies, the prefabricated pre-finished volumetric construction (PPVC) will be used on selected GLS sites.

Two upcoming GLS sites at Yishun Avenue 4 and Jurong West Street 41 will need to meet these new requirements including the use of PPVC.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is also extending the tender closing date for a land parcel at Upper Serangoon Road, so that potential bidders can prepare for the new requirements.

The tender will now close on Nov 27 instead of Nov 13.