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NUS is first educational BCA Green Mark Champion

25 May 2012

Prof Tan (left) receiving the BCA Green Mark Champion Award from Dr Tony Tan, President of the Republic of Singapore
NUS has clinched the prestigious BCA Green Mark Champion Award, the first educational institution to attain the honour. Conferred by the Building and Construction Authority, the award recognises the University's strong commitment and efforts towards corporate social responsibility and outstanding achievements in environmental sustainability.

NUS also won six other Green Mark Awards: three Platinum, two GoldPlus and a Gold. The Platinum Award projects are its MD1 building at Kent Ridge, EduSports at University Town (UTown), and Kent Vale Staff Housing at Clementi Road. The Gold Mark GoldPlus Awards were given to two of NUS' Residential Colleges at UTown and the University Hall on Kent Ridge campus, while the Gold Award went to MD6, a laboratory and teaching facility for the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

To qualify for the Green Mark Champion award, building owners need to have at least 10 projects that are rated Green Mark Gold and above, as well as at least three projects rated GoldPlus and at least three projects rated Platinum. To-date, the University has acquired a total of 15 Green Mark awards, including eight projects rated GoldPlus and above, and one GoldPlus District.

NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan received the award from Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore, at the BCA Awards 2012 ceremony on 24 May. More than 2,200 guests attended the event.

Prof Tan said: "As a leading educational institution, it is crucial for NUS to play an active leadership role in environmental sustainability and stewardship. Our goal is to make our campus more and more environmentally friendly, and to incorporate the concept of sustainable development in our activities so as to reduce our environmental impact."

The University's best practices and green features include balancing integrative design and efficient use of space; optimising architectural designs for day lighting while minimising solar heat; as well as leveraging natural ventilation for circulation and open communal spaces.

Prof Yong Kwet Yew, NUS Vice President (Campus Infrastructure) explained that in addition to improving energy performance across operations and reducing carbon footprint, sustainable design strategies save energy and increase efficiency. For example, green features such as roof gardens and vertical greens help reduce ambient temperature and can cut energy consumption by up to 32 per cent.

NUS' pursuit of architectural excellence and innovative architectural solutions is further acknowledged when it secured the Singapore Institute of Architects Architectural Design Awards earlier this month. The University's Education Resource Centre and Graduate Residences at UTown won accolades in the institutional category.