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My $10,000 HDB Window Horror Story: How It Caused A 10-Month Delay

  • August 25, 2022
  • 7 min read
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Koh
Koh
1 year ago

Hi Stacked! I am getting a new BTO flat on 4th floor facing the playground and thus thinking of doing sth to better soundproof the house. My bedroom windows are not the W1 type of windows so shouldn’t requirement PE endorsement. Have u come across anyone else who have changed their new BTO windows to say double glazed windows in order to better sound proof the house? Any idea the rough costs and timeline required?

Stacked Homes
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Koh

Hey! We spoke to some contacts in the industry – assuming there is no submission required and just purely the work, it’ll be $38-42 per sf. And it’ll take about 1-2 weeks from date of measurement. We haven’t come across people changing their new BTO windows though, seems to be pretty rare!

Tan
Tan
1 year ago

I’m not following the details of the problem. What do you mean when you say the windows are “low” when they are floor to ceiling windows? Do you mean the individual panels don’t meet the requirement of being at least 1 meter long?

Thanks

Reuben
Reuben
1 year ago
Reply to  Tan

I think it’s the length from the floor to the bottom of the window. Newer HDBs generally have three-quarter length windows or even longer.

H Tan
H Tan
1 year ago
Reply to  Reuben

right… details are still not clear to me. so i’m getting the 3/4 BTO windows soon and am considering changing them out in a few years to soundproofed ones, especially since i expect construction on a designated residential site just next door. how will this affect me?

if anyone can shed light on this, much appreciated!

Reuben
Reuben
1 year ago

Possible to share the name of the engineering firm?

norm
norm
1 year ago

Hi, if the only problem was windows leaking water during rain, isn’t it more cost effective to just change out the rubber/silicon window seals? Or it’s not possible at all? Thanks!

Joyce
Joyce
1 year ago

Hi Stacked, I’m looking to buy a 40-year old resale HDB flat, I am concerned about noise level and also would be intending to change the windows to better sound proof the house. Prior to my purchase, how do I check and make sure that the unit’s windows are allowed to be changed and should I check with any authorized firms prior to purchasing?

Stacked Homes
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Joyce

Hey Joyce, it’s best to reach out to HDB’s officers for further clarifications on this as they’d have the necessary details to advise

Lee
Lee
1 year ago

Hi Staked, do you mind to share the Engineering firm contact please because I only need to change 2 small windows with height less than 1m? Thank you.

Jess
Jess
6 months ago

Hi,
Possible to PM the engineering firm contacts. Thanks

TWong
TWong
5 months ago

I live in a 5-room point block and planning to change the windows at the dining area. I too encounter a lot of problems with HDB. Telling me I need to reinstall a metal railing that was there in its original design. I need PE to certify the railing and full-height windows. Only issue I have is I already obtained approval from Town Council for a 1.2 SS railing outside at the edge of the ledge which was already installed. So I have been asking HDB why I need to reinstate a railing inside the house when there is already one out there. But they just won’t agree. I am looking for a PE to help me with this requirement from HDB. If you can sharing the firm’s detail, it will be great. Thank you.

Patricia siew
Patricia siew
1 month ago

hi, recently found that my five year old BTO window latch has problem, cannot be locked. it’s quite dangerous if someone push the window open accidentally. Does it cost that much as M to get it fixed?

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