Singapore Green Building Week
The SGBW is a green building week that hosts international green building experts, policy-makers, academics and built environment practitioners to look at the newest green condo developments in Singapore.
Affectionately known to be a garden city, Singapore stands 8th in ranking for being one of the greenest cities in the world. From just tackling the issue of clean water, even our buildings are actively trying to reverse the effects of rapid urbanization. The key word is trying. See, even our condominiums have converted and joined in the race.
So what do we take note of when it comes to spotting an eco-green condominium? Probably these 5 factors will be good thinking points:
- Reduce energy costs
- Reduce carbon footprint
- High recycling power
- Healthy living environment
- Green certified and awarded
After a long heated debate, here are our top 5 greenest condominiums you can find in our garden city!
(1) Tree House at Chestnut Avenue (BCA Award Winning – Green Mark Platinum Award in 2010)
Located within a forest canopy between Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Upper Pierce Reservoir, Tree House is known to have the largest vertical garden Guinness World Record.
Photo Credits: Singapore Institute of Architects
Tree House incorporates simple low-tech solutions that minimise maintenance costs and an effective climatic response to the Singapore heat. In fact, approximately 2.7% of their development costs went to eco-friendly features and sustainable construction technologies.
Such brilliant eco-details include heat-reducing laminated green tinted windows, sleep mode programming and motion sensors at staircases, and lifts with variable voltage and variable frequency motor drive. There is more than meets the eye. These features are expected to achieve a whopping air-conditioning energy savings of S$12k to S$24k per year and S$500k in water and energy savings annually.
To improve air quality and reduce carbon footprint, the estate uses low VOC paints for all internal walls and ceilings, low formaldehyde adhesive for woodworks, as well as green walls for blocks facing west to act as bio-shading devices.
On top of the green construction, they even utilized the natural sloped terrain of the site and introduced Bioswales as a rainwater harvesting system for the landscape irrigation.
(2) Gaia Residence at Jalan Dusun (BCA Award Winning – Green Mark Platinum Award in 2012)
Named after the Greek Earth goddess, Gaia makes a bold statement that pushes the boundaries of green design and sustainable living in Singapore.
Photo Credits: Amerald Land Pte Ltd
It has one of the tallest living green wall in Singapore. 60 meters tall!
Said to reduce to $34k of electricity bills and $7k of water bill annually, this project is fully constructed with green concrete and inserted with movable shading fins at the balcony. If you look closely, its units are uniquely stacked to optimise capture of deflected surrounding air flow and improve indoor cross ventilation.
(3) Savannah Condopark at Simei Rise (BCA Award Winning – Green Mark Gold Award in 2005)
There is always a first for everything.
Built by City Developments Limited, Savannah was one of the first few Green Mark Awards given out since its launch in January 2005. Coincidentally, this is also Singapore’s first eco-condominium. It was designed with the sustainable green goal in mind – use of pneumatic waste collection system and Carbon Monoxide (CO) sensors. They are the first to use photovoltaic panels to power their lights and water in the clubhouse.
Other than using eco-friendly technology, they assimilated natural features like transplanted trees and ecological pond.
Photo Credits: City Developments Limited
(4) Eco Sanctuary at 61 Chestnut Avenue (BCA Award Winning – Green Mark Platinum Award in 2013)
Using water as one of the core elements of the landscape, the condominium design is inspired by the rich biodiversity of the Upper Pierce Reservoir, emulating the natural setting
Photo Credits: ADDP Architects LLP
Just completed in 2016, at least 80% of the units have good natural air ventilation. All units are geared with energy efficient fittings and furniture. This 3-tower building structure can save up to approximately 1,994,935kWh of energy and 84,140m3 of water per year. They even have an in-built rainwater harvesting and siphonic rainwater discharge system.
Does this inspire you to make this your sanctuary too?
(5) Sky Habitat at Bishan Street 5 (BCA Award Winning – Green Mark Gold Plus Award in 2012)
With an overlooking skyline to MacRitchie Reservoir and the exquisite staircase design, Sky Habitat definitely earns a spot as an iconic architecture in the heart of Bishan estate.
Photo Credits: DCA Architect Pte Ltd
Instead of the traditional door-to-door collection system, the building uses pneumatic waste disposal system which is safer, cheaper and better for the environment. No more smoky and sooty carparks for the residents also, owing to the ductless mechanical ventilation system for basement carparks with CO (Carbon Monoxide) sensors. Even the most distinctive feature of the structure comes into play with the installation of sun pipes for natural lighting.
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