A five-storey green building has been launched in the heart of the city of Singapore by Singapore Management University (SMU). The building is designed to support the University’s innovative SMU-X pedagogy, as well as cultivate innovation and entrepreneurship. The $70 million development has been made possible by a donation from the Tahir Foundation and a grant from the Building and Construction Authority under the Public Sector Construction Productivity Fund (PSCPF).
In line with SMU’s commitment towards developing a smart, green and sustainable campus, the Tahir Foundation Connexion is designed to meet the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Platinum certification and the international WELL Building Standard. Aside from being the city centre’s first large-scale Mass Engineered Timber (MET) development, the building is also its first On-site Net Zero Energy Building, being self-sustainable with its own power generated from a photovoltaic system located within the same building. The building also boasts many green features and technologies, including an advanced passive displacement cooling, smart LED lighting and predictive smart building control systems.
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