Short for ‘Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction’ (a mouthful, we know), PPVC flats are built using technology that will raise construction productivity and help you move into your Build-To-Order (BTO) flat more quickly.

PPVC — Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction

BTO flats built using PPVC come with floor and wall finishes, internal doors, window frames, sanitary fittings, and a basecoat of paint. With these items provided upfront, you can cut down on renovation works and move into your new home faster. What’s more, these finishes and fittings can be paid for with CPF monies, and/ or your housing loan.

However, if you prefer to choose your own finishes and fittings, you can opt for non-PPVC flats where the Optional Component Scheme (OCS) will still be offered.

Completed in 2020, Valley Spring @ Yishun is HDB’s first housing project that is completed with PPVC

Renovating Your PPVC Flat

There is no difference between the renovation works that can be done in a PPVC or non-PPVC unit. As such, there is no need to engage PPVC-certified interior designers and/ or contractors. However, be sure to engage only renovation contractors listed in HDB’s Directory of Renovation Contractors. Contractors must also comply by HDB’s renovation guidelines and requirements, PPVC flat or not. At the same time, make sure you have the renovation permits required before renovating your home!

Some useful renovation guidelines to note:

  • Walls – Regardless of whether your flat is a PPVC unit or not, you must obtain a renovation permit for your renovation works where required, including the demolition or alteration of all types of walls or structures. Do ensure your renovation contractor carries out any hacking works only after obtaining HDB’s approval!
  • Floor finishes – You are free to change the flooring in most areas of your PPVC flat, subject to guidelines and conditions, such as total thickness of floor finishes. For both PPVC and non-PPVC units, hacking the provided bathroom wall and floor finishes in the first 3 years is not allowed, to protect the waterproofing layer that is between your home and that of your neighbour living one floor below. Instead, new tiles can be laid on top of the original floor finishes.

Moved into your new home? Whether it’s a PPVC flat or not, regular checks and maintenance will help you keep your flat in tip-top condition. From windows, to wall and floor finishes, read our guide on how to care for your HDB flat!

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