DSM Dyneema Opens Asia Pacific’s First Technical Centre

DSM DYNEEMA, a global company in innovation and technology has officially opened its new Asia Pacific Technical centre right here in Singapore. The 2500 sq m state-of the-art technical centre features Asia’s first ever independent ballistics testing facility, featuring two ballistic ranges, as well as labs for conducting comprehensive tests for both personal and vehicle armour.

Hailing from the Netherlands, DSM is well informed on the benefits of green and sustainability. With incentives by the Economic Development Board (EDB), DSM Dyneema managed to achieve a GoldPlus standard in accordance to Singapore’s Building Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Scheme. By incorporating green building technologies, the technical centre meets high levels of energy efficiency.

The Energy Consumption Chart

Unlike other conventional buildings, the energy structure of the DSM building is made up of different contributing components.

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From the figure above, you would have analysed that the DSM Centre is structured with an additional energy usage component for process equipment. Energy consumed for air-conditioning is also significantly lower.

Energy for the Operation of Process Equipment

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20% of energy consumption is allocated for the operation of process equipment. With no options to cut back on energy without affecting productivity, other areas of the energy consumption chart needs to be scrutinized in order to achieve 25% energy savings under the Gold Plus Green Mark Certification guideline.

 

Stretching Energy Savings

The switch to T5 and LED lighting improves energy efficiency by 37% .These lights are also more durable and has a longer lifespan. Staircase and atrium lights were also automated with motion sensors to optimize energy controllability.

Optimizing Day Lighting and Water Savings

Wherever possible, day lighting was maximized to reduce need for artificial lighting. Some of the building features include open car parks as well as sky lighting for the workshops.
The DSM Centre follows through the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) set out by the Public Utilities Board (PUB). The installation of water saving fittings also reduces water consumption by 50%.

Keeping cool

High temperatures coupled with high levels of humidity lead to immense discomfort. In tropical Singapore, well oriented buildings are important in assuring better thermal comfort for its occupants.
In order to cut down on the amount of air-conditioning needed, the building has been positioned to eliminate direct west facing façade. The passive solar building design was conceptualized to help reduce a significant amount of radiant solar heat from entering the building.
The extensive use of natural and mechanical ventilation for the workshop area as well as the installation of energy efficient air-conditioning which runs at less than 0.71 kilowatt per refrigeration ton (kW/RT) also helps with the reduction of the cooling load.
In attaining a low Envelope Thermal Transfer Value (ETTV) engineers worked on promoting heat loss as well resisting heat gain through the insulation of walls, windows and the roof.
The exterior walls of the building were coated with Nippon Solar Reflective Paint. With the ability to reflect large amounts of sunlight, surface temperatures are reduced by up to 5 °C. The special property of the elastomeric cool paint system lowers heat build-up and subsequently reduces energy needed for air- conditioning. Installing louvers for the restrooms provide ventilation by letting hot air escape. The natural flow of air and light will keep the facility smelling clean and create ambient lighting.

Volatile Organic Compound (VOC)

Many have the misconception that air-pollution only affects one when they are out and about on the streets; when they are exposed to the fumes from vehicles or through the emission of greenhouse gases.
Some fail to realise that the air within our homes and offices are just as hazardous as the air outside. Good indoor air quality for the Centre has always been a priority for DSM Dyneema. The Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) is a harmful air pollutant and new homes and commercial buildings generally have VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) concentrations that are two to ten time higher than older structures. Elevated levels of VOC concentrations has been linked to eye and respiratory irritation, headaches, fatigue and other symptoms associated with “sick building” syndrome1. Cleaner indoor air quality can be realized by simply using low VOC building materials. Low levels of VOC provide for a cleaner and healthier environment for the DSM Centre.

Most sustainable buildings and structures in Singapore aim to have a low Concrete Usage Index (CUI). The CUI is an indication of the amount of concrete needed to construct a superstructure. With a low CUI of ≤0.35, the DSM building earns full points under BCA’s (Building and Construction Authority) CUI for optimizing recycled aggregates and alternative materials for its building.

The Singapore Green Label

Products under the Singapore Green Label contain high levels of recycled content and materials used for the waterproofing, insulation as well as carpeting of the building has been sourced from the Singapore Green Building product list. Other products sourced from the product label list include doors and ceiling boards.
Besides utilizing materials from the Singapore Green Label Scheme, compost soil from horticulture waste was also used for landscaping. The benefits of compost soil are aplenty. Beneficial for the growth of plants, compost soil retain soil moisture, improves soil structure and provides nutrients.

Lesson on Sustainability

To ensure proper maintenance of the centre, a Green Corner which includes a ‘Building User Guide’ was assembled. The Green Corner will educate occupants and visitors on energy and water saving techniques that could be imparted into their daily routines.
GreenA Consultants was the lead Green Consultant on this project and provides advisory and consultancy services in areas of sustainability and achievement of Singapore BCA Green Mark, LEED, Green Globe and Malaysia Green Building Index certification.

www.greenaconsultants.com

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