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  Straits Times 13 Sep 07
Students win green prize with rainwater flush

THESE students from Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School took the top prize yesterday for their well- thought-out plan to help Bukit Panjang Community Club go green.

The winning team's effort, in the first green building design competition of its kind, was rewarded with a $500 book voucher sponsored by the Building and Construction Authority.

The students researched and worked on their model almost every day after school, for about a month.

'We designed pipes to run from the roof into a storage area by the third-floor toilet, so that rainwater can be used for flushing any toilet,' said Nathaphol Sirivitpakdikul, 17.

North West District Mayor Dr Teo Ho Pin, a judge for the contest,said he was very encouraged by the research put in by the 130 secondary school students who participated.

He intends to incorporate at least one of their ideas into the community club.

'Potted plants will be a good feature for our roof, to cool the environment,' he said. Dr Teo said more ways should be found to implement green ideas. 'We can incorporate existing technologies into many buildings. We don't have to wait till our next upgrading.'

The competition was planned by Ngee Ann Polytechnic to tie in with the upgrading of the Bukit Panjang Community Club.

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