Being conscious of our impact on the environment and raising awareness of environmental issues is one of the cornerstones of a UWCSEA education. The new buildings on Dover Campus have provided us with an opportunity to embed these principles within the building design to ensure that our campus is as 'green' as possible. In line with our mission and our commitment to sustainability, the new main High School Block is planned to comply with the specifications of the BCA's Green Mark Platinum standards.
Green features and considerations include:
Air conditioning represents over 60% of the overall energy consumption on Dover Campus, therefore any focus on energy efficiency which reduces the use of air conditioning is going to reap the most rewards. The approach air conditioning system has been designed to ensure efficiency in excess of 0.58kwt, which will make it one of the most efficient systems in Singapore, similar to the East Campus.
Other initiatives include:
- Installation of fans where possible to better circulate and reduce the use of air conditioning
- Design of lighting layout to include individualised circuits so unneeded lights can be switched off
- Use of energy efficient LED and T5 lamps in areas such as offices and car park as appropriate
- All electrical items will specify the highest 'four tick' Energy Label as registered with the NEA
The architecture of a building has a very significant impact on its energy efficiency. Heat absorbed from the environment (especially solar heat) by the walls, windows and roof of a building makes up a large portion of a building’s cooling needs. We are minimizing this heat gain by using the facade as a green shield with green walls; sun shading around some parts of the building; creating non-air conditioned areas providing buffer between areas of solar heat and air conditioned sections of the building; and even adjusting the building orientation. The roof will be clad in non-conductive materials.
Read more about this initiative, known as 3for2 by the researchers from ETH Zürich, Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) and Princeton who have developed the concept from design to implementation, by visiting their blog here.
Water efficient fittings will be installed throughout the building (these have a lower flow rate than normal fittings) which will reduce the use of water. We will also incorporate systems to monitor and manage water flow within the building.
Rain water will be used for irrigation of green walls and the green corridor where possible.
Indoor environment quality
Use of paints, carpets and other internal fillings with low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) levels will minimise the amount released into the atmosphere.
The design makes use of internal spaces which will include plantings, as well as the green wall features which will provide shade. The area between the building and the Maths block, leading up to the Tent Plaza, will be landscaped as a green corridor which will run through the campus.
About BCA Green Mark
BCA Green Mark is a Singapore green building grading system. The certification recognises a sustainable approach to construction and an environmentally conscious approach to design. The East Campus achieved Platinum certification.