Lifestyle Don’t just say that you want to reduce your carbon footprint. Walk the talk by making smart, energy saving decisions. 29 Jun 2019 06:24AM Bookmark Want to make a difference in reducing your carbon footprint? Start by making eco-friendly renovation choices. Here are five ways to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle.1. LOW VOC OR VOC-FREE PAINTConventional paint is said to contain a higher level of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which include chemicals like benzene, methylene chloride and others that have been linked to cancer. When released into the air, these compounds cause ozone depletion. Paints with low-VOCs not only have lower odour, it also is less toxic and therefore has less impact on the air quality and toxic emissions. 2. ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES AND SHOWERHEADSYou must have noticed the Energy Star certification when shopping for new appliances. These energy efficient appliances such as water heaters and refrigerators have … [Read more...] about How to get your eco-friendly renovation ambition off the ground
The cost of renovating Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's new home was 2.4 million pounds (S$4.1 million), Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday (Jun 25).The sum, taken from the annual taxpayer-funded allowance to the royal family, paid for the conversion of Frogmore Cottage to a single dwelling while the royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, paid for the fittings and furnishings."The property had not been subject of work for some years and had already been earmarked for renovation in line with our responsibility to maintain the condition of the occupied royal palaces estate," said Michael Stevens, the Keeper of the Privy Purse."Outdated infrastructure was replaced to guarantee the long term future of the property," he said as the royal household published the annual Sovereign Grant report which details official income and expenditure of Queen Elizabeth and her household.The 19th century Frogmore Cottage, in the grounds of the queen's Windsor Castle estate, became the … [Read more...] about Prince Harry and Meghan’s home renovation cost taxpayers S$4.1m
If you're renovating for the first time, there's plenty to puzzle over, from budgeting matters to the myriad of design features to consider for your home's new look. And so, the last thing you need is even more confusing renovation jargon. Fortunately, we have got the perfect solution: A handy cheat sheet of commonly-used renovation terms in Singapore. Use it the next time you're on a site visit or discussing ideas with your interior designer! 1. SUB-CONTRACTOR You probably already know the difference between contractors and interior designers as well as what they do (if you don't, read this), but what about sub-contractors? Like contractors, they are in charge of handling specific renovation works on the ground (e.g. plumbing, masonry, air-conditioning), but only the ones that an interior designer or contractor can't do. So, think of them as third-party specialists who are called in for special jobs! 2. LOAD-BEARING WALL Not every wall in your home is the same. While some can be torn … [Read more...] about Do you know these home renovation terms used in Singapore?
The government is set to completely renovate the country’s iconic Istiqlal Mosque in Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta and its outdoor area. Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said the ministry had allocated Rp 465.3 billion (US$32 million) for the project. The ministry will oversee the renovation of the mosque that was built by noted architect Friedrich Silaban 41 years ago. The architect of the renovation is Munichy Bachron Edrees, the great-grandson of Muslim organization Muhammadiyah founder Ahmad Dahlan, kompas.com reported. The minister added that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo asked him in May last year to renovate the mosque after the President had a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Jokowi at that time took Modi to several places, including Istiqlal Mosque, which was built between 1961 and 1978. “When he [President Jokowi] was showing Modi around the ground floor of the mosque, Pak Jokowi was surprised. He became aware that … [Read more...] about Ahmad Dahlan’s great grandson to lead Istiqlal renovation
Muji opened its first duplex store in Singapore at Jewel Changi Airport on April 26. Business Insider/Jessica Lin After 16 years on our sunny shores, Japanese brand Muji officially opened its first duplex store in Singapore at Jewel Changi Airport on Friday (April 26). Spanning over 1,300 sqm, the new store has over 4,000 products from furniture to snacks. While it’s not the largest Muji store in Singapore (the Plaza Singapura flagship store measures 1,640 sqm), the opening of Muji’s Jewel outlet is still a major milestone in the company’s history here. Business Insider/Jessica Lin Managing director of Muji Singapore Naoki Kadoike told Business Insider that the company was attracted to Jewel because of the access it offers to existing and potential customers from around the region. Designed by Japanese interior design firm Super Potato, the Jewel outlet features bold “wood, steel and earth” elements, while maintaining Muji’s signature minimalist, … [Read more...] about After opening first double-storey store and 88-seater cafe at Jewel, Muji exec says it will be renovating Singapore homes in the ‘near future’