Mr Chua Soon Ching is a genius architect who did us all a big favour. I personally do not know him but man, this blog of his is so awesome! His blog is on real estates based in Asia, mainly Singapore, and is written to help people have a better idea on how to choose their flats.
Because most BTOs in Singapore are not built during the choosing process, it is very difficult to check whether the unit you are purchasing is hit by this west sun or not.
Soon Ching basically advises which units are the best in the estate by offering 3D mock ups of how the flats will look like when built, how the Sun will shine, which blocks will be affected and even which levels are affected by it.
He also did some simulations using information from NEA on the hottest month in Singapore (March and April) to come up with simulations so that you can see whether which block, unit and room have high potential of facing the west and getting the heat.
This fundamentally solves one big problem for home buyers and sellers: How to avoid the Sun? As the sun sets, or what is commonly called, the “West Sun”, it will affect a number of factors in the sale of the property.
If your unit has the “West Sun”, the flat would be “baked” during the evening time as the heat comes from the setting sun. More than just hot, warm heat will be cooped from the day and getting most heated during the evening, which will in turn cause rising room temperatures. The heat will be unbearable and definitely increase electricity bills from air-condition and other cooling measures.
This will then make the property difficult to sell as not many buyers want that, as well as the value and price of the flat is not the best optimized that you can ask for.
He also advices which specific rooms are hit, which unit number to choose – like if you are Cantonese you will not want number 13 and 14.
If you already have a block and unit number, be sure to check his site out to see if it is affected.
Here are some shots for Waterway Sundew:
Personally when it was my turn to select a unit, I literally used the light from my phone and shine it from the west side (according to the compass on the map) to see if my unit in mind is affected or not.
Gone are those methods with this gem of a blog here.
Also, more than just the sun, the blog also advices which blocks are getting the North Eastern and the South Eastern Wind. With a windy apartment, it will be cooler. However, some people may or may not like a windy apartment. There are many reasons for this, but for Punggol Waterway Sundew, being windy may not be a good thing because it is near the shores, and this will in turn bring minerals and salt into the house, therefore shortening the life span of furniture and electronic devices.
Head over to http://raremerchandise.blogspot.sg/ and see if your BTO project is there, if it is not, maybe you can try Plan B, which is my method =D