Attribuild enables home buyers to compare unit layouts

Koon: Attribuild’s end-goal is to convert something intangible like design and spatial provisions into an objective and quantifiable data-set (Credit: Albert Chua/ EdgeProp Singapore)
SINGAPORE (EDGEPROP) - As an architect, Koon Wai Leong knows exactly what to look out for when it comes to measuring the usability of a residential space just by examining its floor plan. On the other hand, the average home buyer is not as astute, he observes. “Every weekend, I would receive calls or WhatsApp messages from friends asking me to look at floor plans to help them determine whether a unit is a good buy in terms of layout,” he says.
To address this gap, Koon founded Attribuild together with marketing strategist Aloysius Yeo, and another architect who is a silent partner. The start-up, founded some three years ago, provides analyses of floor plans and insight into their efficiency and liveability.
The analysis is based on a scoring system or what the start-up terms “GPA”. Similar to the grade point average representing the average value of the accumulated final grades calculated by schools, Attribuild measures and quantifies each unit layout against a 50-data-point matrix that it has patented. Each unit is then classified according to a spectrum ranging from below average to extraordinary.
As it stands, there are parameters that architects use to define the usability of such spaces. “All these parameters are used prevalently when architects design a residential unit because they enable developers to maxi-mise the efficiency of the space,” states Koon.

Same project, varying usability

Despite its prevalence, the use of these parameters is largely confined to industry practitioners. “The end-goal is to convert something intangible like design and spatial provisions into an objective and quantifiable data-set,” he says. With Attribuild, Koon and his partners hope to simplify and tailor the data-sets for home buyers to better compare the units they have shortlisted.
Currently, Attribuild has compiled the data-sets of 140,000 units, almost half of the private condo stock in Singapore. This data is available on its website that allows users to compare units. On paper, two similar-sized units may look the same to home buyers, but nuances in layout could affect the usability of the space. These usually escape the radar of home buyers until...