Arup was recognised for helping clients achieve the highest green rating on their projects at the recent Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Awards on 24 May 2012 in Singapore.
Nine projects were given the nod across three categories:
- Green Mark Platinum awarded to CapitaGreen, South Beach (Residential & Non-residential), and Edu Sport Building.
- Green Mark GoldPlus awarded to Singapore Sports Hub, Changi City, Khaya & Angsana Residential Colleges and UP@Robertson Quay.
- Green Mark Gold (Provisional) awarded to The Ritz Carlton Residential Berjaya Central Park in Malaysia.
In partnership with our clients, we’ve been able to develop cutting-edge and world best practice approaches to sustainability.
Designed to replicate a plant’s circulatory system, CapitaGreen has a ‘Sky Forest’ on the roof consisting of tropical trees. Arup developed a cool void system that draws cooler and cleaner air from the sky forest and delivers it through a central core to each floor. This center inner core, called the ‘Cool Void’, functions as a trunk for the flow of people and air. This innovative system significantly lowers overall energy consumption.
South Beach continues the Singaporean ideal of the city in a garden. A central feature of South Beach is its ribbon-like canopy that spans over the entire development. The lightweight canopy has been engineered to provide a naturally ventilated and comfortable walkway for visitors even in the tropical climate. Its dynamic form and structure filters out heat and encourages ventilation within the spaces beneath whilst providing rain protection. It also filters out solar glare and serves as a channel for rainwater harvesting.
Singapore Sports Hub
With a dome roof spanning over 312 metres, Arup’s design for the new 55,000-seat stadium will form the centerpiece to the SportsHub. The roof provides shade and shelter to the stadium seating bowl, as well as the non-ticketed ancillary spaces around it. Flexibility was a key factor in the design - a movable lower-tier provides optimised viewing for a range of sporting events. The moving roof allows the creation of open/ closed environments, and provides the pitch with natural sunlight during non-event days. Cooled air is delivered to every spectator through the stadium seating. The cooling system can be controlled to operate only in occupied zones, saving energy whilst providing comfort where it is most needed.
The BCA Green Mark scheme was launched in 2005 as a key strategic programme to raise the awareness of sustainable and environmentally friendly buildings. At present, about 13% of the buildings in Singapore have achieved the BCA Green Mark standard with Singapore on target to ‘green’ at least 80% of all its buildings by 2030.
The BCA is an agency under Singapore’s Ministry of National Development.