21 Nov '11, 2am

More highrise gardens for flats, carparks; another 9 hectares of such gardens planned for next 5 years

More highrise gardens for flats, carparks; another 9 hectares of such gardens planned for next 5 years

An existing green roof project at Toa Payoh Lorong 1. These Prefabricated Extensive Green grdens are light and easily fitted onto older blocks. They act as natural coolers, lowering the temperature of the building and surrounding air. However, they are not open to the public. --ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM By Daryl Chin The greening of the tops of multi-storey carparks and public housing blocks has taken root here. Fourteen carparks and 17 residential blocks in older estates - 4ha in all - now wear crowns of green. The cost: $4 million. Background story COOL AND GREEN A green roof pilot project in 2003 found that rooftop gardens: Reduced heat on a building's surface by up to 18 deg C. Lowered surrounding air temperature by 3 deg C. Cut down glare by up to 15 per cent. Another 9ha of such high-rise gardens are being planned for the next five years, with the top deck of the multi...

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Sneak Peek: Gardens by the Bay Singapore

Sneak Peek: Gardens by the Bay Singapore

luxury-insider.com 18 Nov '11, 7am

Artist's impression of the completed conservatories at the Gardens by the Bay If you're in town this weekend and looking f...