The ABC Waters (Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters) Certification Scheme, which PUB, Singapore’s water agency, launched in 2010, provides recognition to public agencies and private property developers who implement water sensitive urban design (or ABC Waters design features) within their developments. ABC Waters design features, such as rain gardens or bioretention swales, detain and treat stormwater runoff. In doing so, they contribute to sustainable stormwater management. In addition, the ABC Waters programme brings citizens closer to water by creating an aesthetically pleasing “blue-green” environment.
As the benefits ABC Waters design features are widely recognised but difficult to quantify, PUB and IWP, in collaboration with CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (Australia), will carry out a study to determine the economic value of ABC Waters design features. This project aims to understand how property developers view the ABC Waters Certification Scheme, how residents value ABC Waters design features, and assess the economic costs and benefits (public and private) of ABC Waters design features in property developments through interviews, a household survey and econometric analysis of property transaction data. The project will last for 18 months till end-2017.
For more information, contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Joost Buurman.