Singapore: Cleantech Park wins Platinum Green Mark for Districts

Singapore’s first eco-business park is now also the first development to clinch the Building and Construction Authority (BCA)’s Platinum Green Mark for Districts Award.

JTC Corporation (JTC)’s CleanTech Park won the award for its energy-efficient infrastructure and its public amenities, which could help save more than 40% of energy consumption and 25% of potable water usage, translating to about 40% cost savings in utilities each year.

While other award recipients such as NUS University Town, Resorts World Sentosa and JTC‟s Mediapolis garnered the Green Mark GoldPLUS award (Version 1), CleanTech Park was assessed under the revised Green Mark for Districts (Version 2), which places more emphasis in seeking to engage the stakeholders and community in the district, through soliciting of their feedback and evaluation of ideas to seek areas for improvement.

CleanTech Park is designed with a “blue network” of water bodies, including streams, bioswales and ponds that stores an estimated 150,000 litres of stormwater yearly for sanitary flushing, which accounts for the 25% of savings in potable water usage. The park’s pedestrian-friendly design and proposed secure bicycle parking facilities also promote eco-friendly modes of transportation via green walkways within the park.

JTC has also planned for a district-level energy monitoring and automatic control system that benchmarks energy consumption rates of buildings in CleanTech Park.

The masterplan for CleanTech Park was launched in February 2010 and the development was aimed to position Singapore as a global test-bed and the preferred site for early adoption of clean technology products and solutions for urbanised settings in the tropics.

CleanTech One, a multi-tenanted building built by JTC in CleanTech Park, has an occupancy rate of more than 70% and has anchored world class research institutes like the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), and top global companies such as DHI, Toray and Yingli Solar. The second building in CleanTech Park that is also being built by JTC has A*STAR’s Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre as its anchor tenant.

Source: Green Prospects Asia

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