Productive technologies to be mandated for Govt Land Sales

The use of productive technologies will soon be mandated for selected Government Land Sales (GLS) sites in tender conditions.

These technologies include prefabricated bathroom units.

This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in Parliament during his Budget Speech on Friday.

Mr Tharman said the move is part of efforts to transform the eco-system of the construction industry.

He added that tender conditions for Industrial Government Land Sales (iGLS) sites will have a minimum percentage level of prefabrication.

Developers will also be incentivised to adopt productive technologies in developments on non-GLS sites.

In addition, the government will continue to increase the legislated buildability scores and constructability scores for projects.

From September this year, private projects that are outside of the GLS programme will need to meet the same higher standards as public sector projects and private sector projects on GLS and iGLS sites.

Mr Tharman said the public sector will take the lead by using productive technologies more aggressively to provide a demonstrative effect and catalyse mass demand.

For government construction projects, tender evaluation will favour firms with good track records in adopting productive construction designs and methods.

More details on these upstream measures will be provided by the National Development Ministry at the Committee of Supply debates.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 21 Feb 2014

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