Sunday, 24 August 2014

Our Green Building.

Our Green Building.

This week, our project was fortunate to be featured in the press in Singapore for some of its innovative energy efficient building features. Although as an organisation have been building high performance "green" buildings since the development of the greenmark platinum Tampines campus in 2009, most of our green building efforts are rather mundane and common sense and so rarely make the news.

This coverage centred on part of the 3rd floor of the building, which will the central support space for the school. We have partnered with ETH Zurich, Future Cities Lab to provide a space to try something a little bit new in. We hope lessons learnt as part of this experience will be replaceable through to other projects and perhaps influence other develop similar systems in offices of the future in line with our mission to educate for a sustainable future.

Straits Times.
Business Times
You can read more of the coverage here:

Today, Zaobao, Asia One, Eco Business, Blue and Green tomorrow tomorrow, UN Climate Action Programme
and of course on the beyond efficiency blog covering this part of the design.

You can track the progress of the green features of the new building here.

if you're interested, here's a quick summary of some the main factors for our continued development in this area, if you are really, really interested visit this page as I try explain in detail some of the problems that can be observed in the traditional way of the construction industry, if you are really, really, really interested, drop me an email  invite me for a pepperoni pizza somewhere nice for a chat!

- We try and understand the building as a system - looking for opportunities to use waste from one system in another and link the performance of various of the passive and active aspects of the building together.
- The way we are structured as an organisation leads to a huge advantage over others in terms of ownership of the Green building process. The functions of design, build and operation of our buildings and facilities all sit in one place
- We frame many building related decisions in terms of managing operating costs.
- We do not pay our teams of architects,engineers and other experts in terms of the %  of money they spend on the project.
- We have hard, measurable targets for most systems.
- We share the risk of efficiency decisions with the various expert disciplines.
- We standardise equipment and fittings to reduce our inventory.
- We simplify systems as much as we can and try and understand how the buildings are expected to perform throughout average day and throughout the year.