25 Jan '11, 2pm

New housing guidelines developed for Tianjin Eco-city

New housing guidelines developed for Tianjin Eco-city

TIANJIN, China: New housing guidelines have been developed for the Tianjin Eco-city, which is a joint collaboration between China and Singapore. Under the new framework, at least 20 per cent of residential units will be set aside for public housing. On a visit Tianjin, Singapore's Minister for National Development, Mah Bow Tan, said the new model of public housing will tap on Singapore's housing experience. These include home ownership, with emphasis on affordability, subsidies for eligible families, and centralised management and maintenance of housing estates. The construction of the first public housing project in the Eco-city is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. Apart from energy saving features, it will include community malls and common areas for social integration. Mr Mah said: "What we would like to see in the Tianjin Eco-city is not just physical d...

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