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The Housing and Development Board (HDB) is Singapore public housing authority. Since its inception in 1960, the HDB is credited with completing well over 820,000 housing units housing 86% of Singapore population. The changing demands put on the quality of public housing can be clearly seen over the years. In the early 60s, the objective was to build enough units as quickly as possible to provide for urgent housing needs. The emphasis then was less on aesthetics. By the mid 70s, the housing situation had improved and more attention needed to be given to provide a total living environment for residents. At this stage, the requirement for aesthetics and finishing quality began to emerge. This trend carried on to the 80s and in the 90s, seeing new concepts like mass customization emerging. To enable it to reap the benefits of higher productivity and quality, while maintaining the cost effectiveness of its public housing, HDB has embarked on an industrialisation programme using innovative construction technologies that has enabled the construction industry to break new inroads in productivity and quality. These initiatives are the incorporation of modular co-ordination of its public housing designs, design standardisation and customisation, prefabrication, and the mechanisation of site operations. The HDB Prefabrication Technology Centre (PTC) was set up in 1994 to spearhead the use of prefabrication technology in Singapore. Located at the junction of Woodlands Ave 8 and Woodlands Industrial Park E3, it occupies a total land area of 17,000 m2, with a built-up area of 21,000 m2. PTC? main activities are to design, develop and produce prefabricated building products; conduct research and development of advanced and innovative construction materials and systems; manage and supply prefabricated building products; conduct training and license its intellectual property rights. It has developed a superior brand that is well known in the region.
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