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​​NTU sets the platinum standard in sustainable design in Singapore

Published on: 26-May-2016

Wins the first Platinum Star Champion Award

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is the first recipient of the Green Mark Platinum Star Champion award by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) – the highest accolade in Singa​pore for outstanding commitment to sustainable design.

NTU is winner of a record number of 51 Green Mark Platinum awards, the national benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Collectively, the 51 award-winning buildings generate about 39,000 MWh of energy savings which can power more than 8,000 4-room HDB flats for a year.

NTU Provost, Professor Freddy Boey, who will be receiving the awards this evening from Singapore’s National Development Minister, Mr Lawrence Wong, said, “This Platinum Star Champion award is a recognition of what we can do for the environment and a testament of NTU's commitment towards sustainability. NTU’s research success in sustainability, and the accolades received from Singapore as well as around the world, show that our actions are delivering real results. It also demonstrates the dedication of our professors, staff and students to environmental stewardship.”

This year, NTU won 37 BCA Green Mark Platinum awards. Amongst the winning projects are the Clinical Sciences Building located at the Novena Campus and the upcoming Academic Building North.

When fully completed, the Academic Block North will sport a host of eco features. Besides eco-friendly LED lighting, it is designed to take advantage of its natural surroundings such as harnessing the natural winds for good ventilation and shade especially around the open areas.

The Academic Block North buildings are also fitted with a demand-driven ventilation system so everyone can enjoy optimal ventilation which also maximises energy savings.

The Clinical Sciences Building at NTU’s Novena campus is another prime example of green building technologies, with energy-efficient and other eco-friendly features.

Housing state-of-the-art learning spaces and research facilities, the building sports high performance glass windows which maximise daylight yet attract less heat; energy-efficient air-conditioning and recycling facilities.

Sustainability at the core the NTU campus

Sustainability is a key focus at NTU, from the physical campus, to its research and also in the curriculum.

Under NTU’s EcoCampus initiative, the entire 200-hectare campus is being transformed into a living testbed for green technologies and innovations, with a target to reduce energy and water usage by 35 per cent by 2020.

All first-year NTU undergraduates take a compulsory module in environmental science with a focus on Asia. NTU faculty include experts in energy, biodiversity, engineering, earth sciences and the human dimensions of sustainability.

Professor Freddy Boey said, “Sustainability is a core value of the university, with our students exposed to environmental issues and global developmental challenges from their freshman year. NTU also has bold plans to become one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly university campuses. The university has been on a rapid drive to green all its new buildings as well as retrofitting existing ones to higher BCA Green Mark standards.”

Pioneer in green construction and technologies

NTU has pioneered a variety of green construction techniques and applications.

For example, The Hive, which won the Green Mark Platinum Award in 2013, has a unique ventilation system that is more sustainable than conventional air conditioning with no fans needed for air distribution. In addition, the openings between pods are designed for natural ventilation to the atrium, corridors, staircases, and lift lobbies.

NTU's upcoming student hostels at North Hill and Nanyang Crescent are the first public high-rise buildings using Prefabricated Pre-finished Volumetric Construction (PPVC), a ground-breaking eco-friendly technology.

PPVC significantly reduces energy usage in construction. Traditionally, the construction site is where materials are measured, cut and assembled. With prefabricated construction, the site is simply a location for final assembly of major components. This shortens the time needed to construct the NTU building by about four months – resulting in 40 per cent savings in on-site manpower.

NTU's new Sports Hall will be the first in Southeast Asia to have a continuous wave-like timber roof arching over 70 metres. Cross-laminated as well as glue-laminated timber are used and they are just as strong and fire-resistant as steel and concrete. As the building process also involves assembling prefabricated parts, construction is sped up, further cutting labour costs.

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About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a joint medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up with Imperial College London.

NTU Singapore is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI). 

Ranked 13th in the world, NTU Singapore has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last two years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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