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  • 2016
  • 2015
    • New building design guidelines for disabled and elderly – Ch 8 News (27 July 2015)

    • New building design guidelines for disabled and elderly – CNA (27 July 2015)

      On July 27, the Building and Construction Authority introduced several new measures to create a more inclusive living environment which will benefit people of all ages and needs, such as mothers with young children. One of the measures is the launch of a set of enhanced Universal Design Mark criteria, which set higher certification benchmarks and provides an expanded design scope for buildings. These include the additional criteria of installing assistive hearing facilities for the elderly with hearing difficulties. The authority also collaborated with SPRING Singapore and the Singapore Standards Council to launch the "Singapore Standard SS605 - Guide for Age-Friendly Homes". This provides guidelines on design features that will benefit the elderly, through safer, more comfortable and accessible homes. These include providing grab bars, non-trip flooring and adaptable toilet layouts.

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    • BCA: New building guidelines for a more inclusive environment – Channel 8 News (27 July 2015)

      The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) introduced several new measures to create a more inclusive living environment which it said will benefit people of all ages and needs, such as mothers with young children.. The BCA hopes to encourage more building developers and architects to make buildings accessible to all. One of the measures is the launch of a set of enhanced Universal Design Mark criteria, which sets higher certification benchmarks and provides an expanded design scope for buildings, including facilities for the elderly and the disabled. Said Dr John Keung, CEO of BCA: "We do want every one of our new projects to look at all these new requirements and see what they can adopt. We strongly encourage them to do so, because we believe that when you adopt all these new requirements and improvements from day one, the cost increase is insignificant. "The BCA has a fund to help owners of existing buildings defray the cost of retrofitting them.

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    • Singapore, guidelines for the design of buildings for the elderly and disabled – Casa & Clima (29 Jul 2015)

      To create safer homes and buildings more accessible for disabled and elderly, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore has recently issued a set of design guidelines that take into account their needs. Among the measures contained within the Guide are the "Universal Design Mark" criteria, which are benchmarks to be taken into consideration by the architects to create buildings with more inclusive facilities. Dr John Keung, CEO of BCA, said that BCA's aim is to encourage designers to look to these new needs and think their buildings based on these. The BCA has allocated a fund of $40 million to help the owners of buildings built before 1990 with redesign them to include features such as ramps and lifts.
      *This article was originally written in Italian.

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    • [Blog feature] "See the World Differently" Fundraising Dinner organised by the Building and Construction Authority (31 July 2015)

      A blogger from our parenting world (http://ourparentingworld.com/) shared her experience of dining in the dark after attending the fund-raising dinner on 31 July. The public educational leaflet which was produced by BCA to help the public understand how an age-friendly built environment would enhance the life of seniors was also featured. Our parenting world is a parenting lifestyle website which shares topics ranging from family, health and education. It has a monthly viewership of 50,000+.

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  • 2014
    • 250 people take walk around Gardens by the Bay to understand mobility challenges faced by elderly, disabled – ST Online (8 Nov 2014)

    • 250 people take part in walk to understand mobility challenges faced by elderly, disabled – Asiaone (8 Nov 2014)

      ST Online and Asiaone published an article and video of the walk. About 250 people took a stroll around Gardens by the Bay on Saturday morning, but it wasn't your typical walk in the park. Some participants donned "Aged Simulation Sets" - restrictors which aim to give people a sense of the difficulties in movement and flexibility faced by the elderly. Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower Amy Khor, the guest of honour at the event, flagged off the walk, which was organised by the BCA, along with Gardens by the Bay and the National Council of Social Service, as part of the Singapore Universal Design Week.

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    • Mobility-impaired 'shut out' of about half of CBD buildings – Asiaone (8 Nov 2014)

      The article was republished from ST (6 Nov). ST reported that BCA said that access within the Central Business District (CBD) for the disabled, elderly and others with impaired mobility needs to be improved, and it may consider rules to compel building owners to do so. ST quoted BCA's CEO Dr John Keung: "Even with funding support, they are still slow to take this up...that's why we are studying whether we should look at some regulatory requirements." Many CBD building owners say they do not see the need to improve accessibility, said BCA's director of universal design Ms Goh Siam Imm. "But we see this need coming as we have an ageing population," she said, adding that the BCA will first try persuasion. Minister Lee Yi Shyan said Universal Design is becoming increasingly important for Singapore, because it depends on people as its key resource, yet its population is ageing and has a low birth rate. Richard Kuppusamy said: "This is not about charity... we have a duty to... treat everyone equally."

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    • S'pore Universal Design Week highlights inclusive designs – PropertyGuru (7 Nov 2014)

    • S'pore Universal Design Week highlights inclusive designs – SGRealty (7 Nov 2014)

      The inaugural Singapore Universal Design Week runs from 5 to 9 November. Organised by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) with a theme of “An Inclusive Built Environment through Universal Design”, the five-day event features a conference, exhibitions, workshop and other activities held at the Marina Bay area. BCA hopes to promote the importance of Universal Design through a series of activities targeted at building professionals, planners, policymakers and members of the public. A highlight includes the YooDee Town Exhibition happening at Suntec City Mall. Another event, A Walk in the Park, will see participants walk alongside persons with disabilities. 

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    • CBD, public areas need to be more disabled-friendly: BCA – CNA (6 Nov 2014)

      The video was first broadcast on Singapore Tonight. The video reported that nearly half the buildings in the CBD are not accessible to disabled people. BCA hopes to incentivise building owners to put in place disabled friendly features, BCA will extend certification for user friendly features to parks and public spaces. The aim is to encourage more inclusive landscape design for people with special needs. BCA has also launched a smartphone app providing information on the accessibility of nearly 3,000 buildings in Singapore. All this was announced at the inaugural Singapore Universal Design Week.

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    • More CBD buildings to become friendlier for people with mobility problems – ST Asia Report (5 Nov 2014)

      The article was republished from ST. BCA is seeking to improve accessibility to the Central Business District (CBD) and Singapore's parks and public spaces. It announced on Wednesday at the inaugural SUDW that it will focus on getting existing buildings in the CBD to install features such as ramps, lifts and accessible toilets. About 70 out of the 150 buildings there lack barrier-free accessibility features. The BCA, working with the National Parks Board, is also extending its BCA Universal Design Mark certification scheme to parks and public spaces. In addition, it has launched a smartphone app for people to get information about the accessibility and user-friendliness of more than 2,800 buildings in Singapore.

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