Sunday, 24 September 2017

Summary - Draft 1 (Cladding)

In the article “Use of Cladding in Buildings Here Have Grown in Recent Times”, Mokhtar (2017) reports the increasing use of cladding in Singapore and its benefits and risks. Cladding is a layer of panels added to the exterior facade of buildings to cut energy use, improve building appearance or provide shade. The use of cladding, however, came under the limelight after the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. The ventilation gaps between the cladding and the building’s wall cause the fire to spread upwards rapidly, drawing oxygenated air from the bottom of the facade and fueling the fire. In Singapore, the use of cladding is regulated. For example, cladding material must not allow fire to spread along its surface when ignited. Besides meeting statutory regulations, a building owner was cited to have included measures to prevent fire from spreading between levels and regular certification of fire protection systems. Cladding has its usefulness, but its associated risks need to be mitigated – cladding materials must meet safety requirements to minimize fire risk.

Sunday, 10 September 2017


To: Professor Brad Blackstone

Senior Lecturer
Centre for Communication Skills
Singapore Institute of Technology @ Dover
10 Dover Drive
Singapore 138683

Date: 10 September 2017

Subject: Self-Introduction

Dear Professor Blackstone,

My name is Jasson Juay Wei Sheng and I am writing to introduce myself as a student in your class. I have graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic with a diploma in environmental and water technology in 2015. During my course of study in the polytechnic, I began to grow interest in green energy and the build environment sector. Hence, I decided to further my studies in the sustainable infrastructure engineering (Building Services) programme.

Strength and Weakness

As I reflect on my strength, I believe that I am a good listener. During group projects, I am able to listen attentively to what my friends have to say. This enables them to voice out their chain of thoughts, without any interruption midway through the speech. I would only voice out when they are done, so that I could respond to it appropriately.

As for my weakness, it would be my poor ability to write well. When it comes to written assignments, inclusive of this self-introduction task, I have a tendency to take a long duration to write them. This is due to my incapability to organise and process the thoughts fast and well.

Goals for the module

What I hope to achieve from this module is to improve on my weakness and further hone my strength, so that I can improve on my communication skills. With better communication skills, I would be able to engage in meaningful discussions and develop relationships with others. As such, I look forward to learning more about effective communication from you in the coming classes.

Best regards,
Jasson Juay
SIE 2016 (Group 5)

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