Kah Huay was awarded the Undergraduate Scholarship jointly offered by BCA and City Developments Limited (CDL) in 2008. Her deep passion for environmental issues and desire to contribute to the local environment scene led her to pursue undergraduate studies in Environmental Engineering at NUS and organise activities as a member of NUS’ Environmental Engineering Club.
Upon graduation, she commenced her career with CDL as an Executive in its Projects division in 2012. Her knowledge and expertise in environmental engineering has been advantageous in her project management role with eco-developer CDL.
Beyond active management of project timelines and product quality deliverables, she also seeks to value-add with inputs on green building aspects and implementation of eco innovation in managing the environmental and health aspects of construction. Apart from local development projects, Kah Huay has had the opportunity to be involved in some of CDL’s overseas projects in China. She was a key member of the team for CDL’s Eling Residences project in Chongqing, which will likely be China’s first Green Mark Platinum residential project when it is completed next year. She aspires to use her green building expertise for more overseas projects in the future.
Beyond sustainable building design and construction methodology, Kah Huay also counts Universal Design (UD) as another key interest area as she firmly believes that the built environment should be designed for all users. Since 2015, Kah Huay has been a Certified UD Assessor. Within the CDL Projects division, she is a member of its UD committee, and is actively involved in refining in-house UD guidelines for CDL’s projects in alignment with industry best practices and the latest Accessibility Code. Using knowledge gained from the conferences she has attended, as well as practices adopted in other developments, she has championed for user-friendly building designs such as the provision of secondary handrails for staircases and specific grading of slip resistance in units and common areas to ensure that developments cater to the needs of all users.
Kah Huay is currently working on two residential projects: Echelon, a 508-unit residence along Alexandra Road and D’Nest, a 912-unit residence at Pasir Ris Grove. Both projects are designed with sustainability in mind and embrace best practices in community-friendly design. Echelon is a Green Mark Platinum and UD Mark Gold (Design) awarded project, while D’Nest is a recipient of the Green Mark GoldPLUS and UD Mark Gold (Design) Awards, and has set record for the ‘Largest Solar Panels in a Condominium’ in the Singapore Book of Records in 2013.
In 2016, Kah Huay has also been inducted in the Built Environment Young Leaders Programme (YLP), where she looks forward to participating in the policy formulation process, leveraging cross-sector learning opportunities and networking opportunities with public and private leaders in the built environment (BE) sector. She has also been roped into the Green Buildings Taskforce under YLP and hopes to share her green experience as well as learn from seniors in the Taskforce.
With heightened focus on climate change, the BE sector offers tremendous potential for passionate professionals like Kah Huay to actively shape our built environment into a future-ready, climate resilient and user-friendly one.
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