Adding to its green credentials, Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is in progress of designing two new facilities in the premise with sustainable features aimed to meet a 35% reduction in energy, water and waste by 2020 under the EcoCampus initiative.
The first building structure is an eco-friendly sports hall fitted with a long span timber roof structure that provides five times better heat insulation than conventional concrete. By employing such structure, the building is able to reduce 40% of its energy consumption.
The university is also building the city-states’ first high-rise buildings in which whole rooms are equipped with internal fixtures; where construction was done off-site but put together on-site. This saved manpower up to 40% and construction time by 20%.
The building designers used natural surroundings to benefit them. By using computer modelling of the sun and wind patterns on-site, they were able to harness natural winds for good ventilation in both buildings. The residential rooms will have windows that reflect heat using a special coating that shield any direct sun aiming to reduce the need for air conditioning.
Professor Kwok Kian Woon, Associate Provost for Student Life, said that aside from the sustainability research NTU has undertaken, NTU is a green campus based on sustainability principles and design practices its adopted.
Both facilities are expected to open early this year and has been assured to meet the Green Mark Platinum, the highest award for sustainable building design by Building Construction Authority (BCA).