In order to achieve a Green Mark Platinum Award particular attention has been given to increasing energy and water efficiency, improving air quality, and caring for the environment.
The consolidation of Singapore's ITE College West from five campuses into one single location embodies the vision to create "A College of Excellence for Services Quality". The emphasis is on creating a borderless campus, where learning can take place anywhere and everywhere. Green and open in design, the College will be a vibrant hub for young people to learn, benefitting from the latest in technology and teaching techniques.
Beca is providing civil & structural, and mechanical & electrical engineering services to the project, which comprises seven building blocks, a sports hall, swimming pool, running track and field with seating, an Innovation Walkway and a live Convention Centre.
A particular focus is achieving the highest Green Mark Platinum rating for sustainable design, which demands:
- being 30% more energy efficient than a benchmark building
- experiencing less than 42.5 w/m2 of heat gain through the building envelope
- achieving a score of at least 90 Green Mark points.
Particular attention has been given to increasing energy and water efficiency, improving air quality, and caring for the environment. VAV air handling units, variable chilled water pumping systems, CO2 and lighting sensors, heat pumps, solar hot water heaters, T5 energy efficient lighting and rainwater harvesting are used throughout.
Push-in piling is being employed to reduce concrete usage, brick and demolished pre-cast piles are being re-used, and environmentally friendly materials such as low VOC paint and ecocrete are preferred.