In the midst of green building growth, there has still been a lack of sustainability knowledge across the citizens of Singapore. Seeing that this is becoming an issue requiring immediate attention, the City Developments Limited (CDL) and the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) will soon be launching the Singapore Sustainability Academy (SSA) in an effort to bring about awareness and knowledge in the realm of energy efficiency.
Located on the roof terrance of City Square Mall in Serangoon Road, this 4,300 sq ft building academy will include classrooms, offices and an exhibition gallery – all fitted with energy efficient features, including a 300 sq m of solar panels installed on the roof. The building will also consume net-zero energy, meaning that it will produce its own power.
Focusing on key areas of advocacy, building capacity and the collaboration of education and training, information and resource, as well as user engagement, the Singapore Sustainability Academy will utilize the knowledge of experts in the industry, conduct multiple training, and facilitate other initiatives. According to Edwin Khew, SEAS chairman, they will create programmes on how to reduce housing energy consumption.
The Singapore Sustainability Academy is also stated as the first building in Singapore with verified eco-friendly construction materials such as Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glued Laminated Timber (Glulam).