Blog posts • Sep 07, 2015 14:38 SGT
While home-decorating trends have seen many interpretations of elegance and the intelligent use of space, minimalism remains a vibrantly influential trend in architecture and design.
Blog posts • Sep 02, 2015 10:26 SGT
As Vietnam undergoes a green revolution, the country's construction and home design sectors can expect to see more eco-friendly building solutions headed their way.
Blog posts • Aug 12, 2015 10:00 SGT
As the technology for generating and managing renewable energy sources becomes more sophisticated, a rising number of governments, companies and private consumers are waking up to the possibilities of sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels. But one of the main criticisms that persist is their lack of aesthetic appeal. How is this evolving and winning over customers in society today?
Blog posts • Aug 05, 2015 11:17 SGT
Modern advancements in digital technology, have steadily reduced the need for obtrusive physical barriers and there is a growing trend towards ultra-discreet security systems and low-profile personal safety solutions among Asia’s wealthy.
Blog posts • Jul 15, 2015 17:19 SGT
Energy needs pose various challenges for ASEAN countries as economic development reaches unprecedented growth in the past 25 years. Read how each country has been looking at opportunities in renewable resources.
Blog posts • Jul 01, 2015 13:00 SGT
Though there may be some who continue to debate its very existence, it is difficult to deny that climate change is one of the defining issues of our time. And while tackling the problem relies largely on governments making changes at a global level, increased awareness of the causes of climate change has led to a seismic shift in mindset at the consumer level.
Blog posts • Jun 25, 2015 09:30 SGT
Billed as the future of urban living, “smart” cities have been on the horizon—and the drawing board—for more than a decade. But this new breed of digitally integrated metropolis, in which embedded technology is used to enhance standards of living and sustainability, is no longer a mere pipe dream as the first wave of “smart” cities has come to fruition in a variety of locations around the world.
Blog posts • Jun 19, 2015 09:07 SGT
In a society where technology is ubiquitous, we often think little of electrical outlets or how we access electricity to power modern conveniences. However, to technicians and home builders, safe and high quality wiring devices remain top concerns.
Blog posts • Jun 17, 2015 16:53 SGT
Haze caused by fires knows no boundaries. It’s often carried from distant burn-offs into the hearts of cities across Asia. While it will take a united effort to tackle pollution and deforestation, there are still things you can do to improve the air quality in your home.
Blog posts • Jun 12, 2015 09:00 SGT
According to the results of the Green Building Market Report Southeast Asia 2014, green building practices are being adopted by increasing numbers of architects and developers throughout SEA. With 46 per cent of architects having already sought green building certification by 2014, and with 79 per cent stated their intention to do so in the future. What is driving the trend towards green building?
Blog posts • Jun 08, 2015 15:00 SGT
Recent flooding in Malaysia and Indonesia highlight the need for improvements in water management systems. We take a look home water management systems which can be used to mitigate the effects of heavy rainfall and also make water available for use in times of drought.
Blog posts • Jun 03, 2015 18:00 SGT
Even as green building technologies emerge and evolve today, there are still some innovative designs that have been around for a long time, but adopted on a smaller scale. The Binishell is one such example.
Blog posts • May 27, 2015 09:20 SGT
Singapore is suited to become the world's first fully integrated Smart Nation. Much of the infrastructure is already in place and the government's new Smart Nation initiative is designed to give the country the boost it needs to make the vision a reality.
Blog posts • May 22, 2015 08:00 SGT
One of the main reasons why home builders don't embrace sustainable design is because of the extra costs involved. However, while the initial cost of a sustainable home may be higher, if you look at this as an investment in future savings, the picture changes. In the long run, a sustainable home is a more economical home.
Blog posts • May 19, 2015 14:30 SGT
Geothermal energy promises to reduce dependence on coal and other carbon-emitting sources of energy. While geothermal energy is important, it is not our only alternative. Large-scale geothermal plants can provide electricity to millions when combined with solar power in individual homes, drastically reducing energy costs with minimal environmental impact.
Blog posts • May 15, 2015 13:31 SGT
'Green building' and 'sustainability' are terms we hear frequently. Are the two terms synonymous or are there differences between them? How can an existing building be made more sustainable? What are developers doing to make their projects greener and more sustainable?
Blog posts • May 12, 2015 12:50 SGT
The devastating floods in Malaysia in 2014 highlighted the importance of taking measures to ensure that home are flood-safe. Here, we examine some effective ways to flood-proof existing homes as well as other methods for flood-proofing future developments.
Blog posts • May 04, 2015 09:00 SGT
As the world's population increases, more and more people in urbanised areas. Sustainable building is now entering the mainstream as a way to conserve natural resources, save costs in the long run and support population increase in major countries around the world. We take a look at where green building is headed in Southeast Asia.
Blog posts • Apr 29, 2015 17:04 SGT
Bustling Kuala Lumpur is often touted as Malaysia's hottest property investment area, but developers are looking further within the country to find other investment opportunities. Here are three of Malaysia's property hotspots outside of KL. [Image Source: Flickr]