CDL and SEAS open Singapore Sustainability Academy
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City Developments Limited (CDL) and the Sustainability Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) have jointly opened the Singapore Sustainability Academy (SSA). The facility is said to be the first major People, Public and Private (3P) ground-up initiative in support of global and national goals to tackle climate change.

The SSA aims to promote a low-carbon economy, resource efficiency, and sustainable practices among businesses and the community, in particular, youths. It will focus on advocacy, building capacity and collaboration, education and training, information and resource sharing as well as user engagement.

Use of CLT and Glulam

In line with its mission to promote sustainability among the industry and community, the SSA is believed to be the first in Singapore to have its construction materials, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glued Laminated Timber (Glulam) verified by the Nature’s Barcode system as coming from responsible sources. This entails scientific tests like DNA analysis to minimise the risk that the wood comes from illegal logging.

CLT is a sustainable material harvested from sustainably-managed forests and fabricated by binding layers of timber perpendicular to each other with structural adhesive whereas Glulam’s layers of timber are cut in the same grain and then joined together. They are light yet structurally robust making them a lightweight alternative to steel or concrete.

Both CLT and Glulam are game-changing technologies that support the concept of Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) to significantly boost productivity. For the SSA, the use of CLT and Glulam increased productivity by more than 30 percent and saved around 130 man-days, said CDL. Prefabricating the timber components off-site improves efficiency in assembly and also keeps on-site pollution to a minimum, resulting in a cleaner and safer worksite, added the company.

In addition, the zero-energy building features solar technology with about 3,200 sq ft of photovoltaic panels extensively covering the 4,300 sq ft SSA, which comprises classrooms, a veranda, an office and an exhibition gallery. It also features a real-time tracker of energy generation and consumption.

The made-in-Singapore solar panels are expected to generate an annual energy yield of over 60,000 kWh. This is more than the SSA’s estimated annual energy consumption of about 50,000 kWh, according to CDL. The company said there will also be an automation control and energy monitoring system that adapts lighting and air-conditioning to situations, providing maximum energy savings while maintaining full comfort.

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Supporting global and national climate actions

Globally, sustainability integration has gained strong momentum with the Paris Agreement and alignment of corporate agendas to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

In Singapore, the Government is leading the way with the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint; Climate Action Plan and the Green Building Masterplan, which aims to green 80 percent of all buildings by 2030; pledge to reduce Greenhouse Gases emissions intensity by 36 percent by 2030; and the newly-launched Public Sector Sustainability Plan 2017-2020 which outlines the public sector’s plans to improve resource conservation.

The SSA is supported by six government agencies — Building and Construction Authority (BCA), Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), National Environment Agency (NEA), National Parks Board (NParks), and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) — and 15 founding industry partners. It will be governed by an advisory board, chaired by Professor Tommy Koh, and a programme committee that will provide strategic direction and implement programmes to its mission.

The SSA will be a platform for the Women4Green initiative by CDL, the first Singapore network for women in sustainability. Women4Green brings together women executives in green industries who contribute to climate action, sustainable business and social change. It will harness the collective knowledge and expertise of these female leaders to empower other women to incite meaningful change in areas such as green building, technology, energy, financing, consultancy and non-governmental organisations.

To raise awareness of climate issues and build a larger community for change, the SSA will also partner Eco-Business, a leading media company on sustainable development, to set up a Sustainability Studio. The studio will produce films on sustainability for various digital platforms.

“CDL firmly believes that sustainability creates immense value for businesses, stakeholders, the community and the environment. Sustainability is strategically integrated into CDL’s business and operations from developing green buildings and managing them in an energy-efficient and resource-efficient manner, to engaging and influencing stakeholders on sustainable development. The SSA and Women4Green initiatives will further advance CDL’s stakeholder engagement to achieve a greater impact in building a sustainable future,” explained Sherman Kwek, deputy CEO of CDL.

Edwin Khew, chairman of SEAS added, “SEAS as the voice of the sustainable energy industry in Singapore has been promoting sustainable technologies, project development as well as financing of clean energy projects locally and regionally. Our partnership with CDL for the SSA will provide a platform for not just the industry but also the youth and community to learn and collaborate on sustainable development, mitigation of carbon dioxide emissions and to fight and adapt to climate change and its effects.”

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