Saturday, 8 July 2017

(The Star) Eco-friendly homes in the sky

Cruise along the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway in Penang, and one is sure to notice a majestic tower rising along the banks of Sungai Pinang in Jelutong.

Named Sandilands, it is a mixed residential-commercial project by Heng Lee Group’s subsidiary BHL Waterfront, that promises to be a premier location for work and play.

Within its 39-storey twin U-shaped blocks are 403 stylish apartment units sized from 1,338sq ft onwards. Launched in 2012, they are about 85% sold.

Executive units measuring 2,000sq ft onwards are still available, so check them out at Fair 2017 from July 20 to 23.

Also featured in the event at Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon Mall are 36 commercial units, which come in nine parcels of four-storey blocks.

Group director Yeap Leong Soon, a grandson of renowned tycoon Yeap Chor Ee, said the project fronting Jalan C.Y. Choy obtained its CCC in April this year, and the commercial block is expected to complete some time next month.

He pointed out that the majority of buyers are local Malaysians, with 85% being Penangites.

Of these, many are from the immediate area, as well as Gelugor and Bayan Baru.

“The excellent price point proved attractive, as is its location near the expressway that offers good connectivity for those working in the Free Industrial Zone,” he said.

Sandilands is poised to be a standard bearer for green living, having obtained a provisional Green Building Index (GBI) gold rating.

It is likely to be the first residential building in Penang to achieve the rating, once certification is confirmed following an inspection upon completion.

Key to that is the project’s design — with each apartment conceived as a semi-detached home in the sky, where none of the units share a common wall.

“The double U-shaped design optimises air circulation and sunlight around each unit which benefits occupants through savings on lower air conditioning and electricity usage.

“Its north-south orientation avoids getting the full glare of the rising and setting sun.

“Windows facing east and west utilise glass that blocks out sunrays and reduces heat emission,” he highlighted.

Other features include roof insulation to reduce heat and noise, usage of non-volatile paints for interiors, breathable paints for exterior walls and rainwater harvesting for landscaping.

The car park podium will have two charging stations for electric cars and vertical gardens planted on its facade.

Residents’ leisurely pursuits are catered to with facilities like a swimming pool, covered Jacuzzi, sun bed lounge, wading pool, dry and wet children's playgrounds, outdoor and indoor gyms, barbecue area, public hall, yoga area and games room.

Sandilands sits in close proximity to the upcoming Penang Arts District in the Macallum Street area, as well as many other daily conveniences.

“Within a 1km-radius are shops, medical centres, markets, workshops, galleries, transportation services, schools and eateries.

“Almost everything is just a stone’s throw away,” said Leong Soon.

To find out more, visit BHL Waterfront at Booth No. A2 during the four-day fair, open from 10am to 10pm daily. Admission is free.