May 20, 2022 21:00

Surbana Jurong wins two awards at SGBC-BCA Leadership in Sustainability Awards 2022

Singapore, 20 May 2022 – Surbana Jurong has been recognised for our stewardship in driving sustainable building design and operations at the Singapore Green Building Council – Building and Construction Authority Leadership in Sustainability Awards 2022.

Surbana Jurong was awarded Building Project Leadership in Sustainability (Carbon Performance) for our design of NUS School of Design & Environment (SDE) 4, Singapore’s first new-build net-zero energy building and the first university building in the world to be awarded a WELL GOLD certification.

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National University of Singapore School of Design & Environment 4 (credit: NUS)

As a hub for the test-bedding of green building technology, the sustainable design of NUS SDE4 defines a new standard for energy efficient buildings. Its large overhanging roof and double facades on the east and west sides shade the building from the sun’s heat and provide a cooler interior. Interiors are designed to maximise ventilation and natural lighting. An innovative hybrid cooling system reduces energy consumption significantly by ensuring that rooms are not overly cooled while ensuring the optimal thermal comfort for occupants. Over 1,200 solar photovoltaic panels installed on the roof generate surplus energy within the building’s own footprint to sustain its energy requirements.

Surbana Jurong, in collaboration with Serie+Multiply Consultants and Transsolar KlimaEngineering, was the lead consultant for the architecture, engineering and environmentally sustainable design for the project.

Mr Lee Kut Cheung, Chairman, Global Architecture and Design Council, Surbana Jurong says, “The built environment industry plays a vital role in combating climate change. By embracing sustainability and pushing for higher environmental performance in the design and delivery of various projects, Surbana Jurong architects and engineers are helping to redefine new standards for energy efficient buildings. We are very honoured to be recognised for our sustainable solutions for NUS School of Design & Environment 4, and hope that its design will continue to inspire the adoption of green building design and innovation in buildings.”

Praveen Hassan Chandrasekar, Head of Surbana Jurong’s Sustainability & Resiliency Office, was also recognised at the SGBC-BCA Awards, receiving the Professional Leadership in Sustainability Award. The award recognises his contributions in helping Surbana Jurong achieve EP100, a global corporate initiative bringing together businesses committed to energy efficiency, and his leadership in developing MiDAS, the world’s first design tool for assessing maintainability of design in buildings. As Head, Sustainability & Resilience Office at Surbana Jurong, Praveen is responsible for driving various sustainability initiatives and integrating sustainability strategies for major projects such as the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB), Surbana Jurong Campus, PSA Liveable City, Bedok Food City, strategic data centre projects and many more.

Praveen said, “Sustainability is at the heart of all our decision making at Surbana Jurong. We make sure the projects we handle hold fast to our sustainability goals and promise to build cities and shape lives. I am honoured to be recognised for my contributions to driving sustainability in the built environment.”

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Praveen (second from right) receiving the award from Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Ms Grace Fu

The biennial SGBC-BCA Leadership in Sustainability Awards honour significant achievements by individuals, organisations and project teams in the development of a green and sustainable built environment. The 2022 edition of the awards saw 20 winners receiving their trophies from Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Ms Grace Fu at the awards ceremony.