HDB discourages home owners from replacing full height windows

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Punggol Resident Ms Veronique Andrea Dawson has written to HDB via Straits Times Forum to feedback that window change by some residents affect the building facade.

Mr Tan Yang Song, Head of Sengkang Branch Office said: “I refer to the letter, ‘Window changes mar beauty of Punggol 21′ (ST, March 10), by Ms Veronique Andrea Dawson. HDB flat owners who wish to replace their windows have to apply for a renovation permit.

In processing these applications, HDB needs to strike a balance between giving flexibility to individual flat owners and ensuring that the replacement windows do not have a negative impact on safety and on the building facade.

For full-height windows which cover a larger area of the building facade, HDB discourages home owners from replacing them.

If the replacement is necessary, HDB will advise the home owner to keep to the original design as far as possible, so as to minimise the impact on the overall building facade.

Residents generally understand the need to do so as they share a common interest in maintaining the aesthetic quality of their blocks.

As a wide selection of window fittings is available on the market, there is no need for HDB to supply them.

Punggol flat owners who face difficulty finding those that match the original ones can contact HDB Sengkang Branch Office for assistance.

We thank the writer for her feedback.”

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