Going for green: Asia Pacific’s most eco-friendly buildings

 —  Article by JLL Staff Reporter

Green design is increasingly getting the green light in Asia-Pacific (APAC).

As cities boom and countries increasingly align themselves with the global sustainability agenda, new developments that come with eco-friendly, culturally-aware credentials are no longer a rarity but today’s reality.

“While environmental, cost, and population concerns have driven green construction, the evolution and careful selection of new materials and technologies is heralding a new generation of sustainable developments across Asia Pacific,” says Matt Clifford, JLL’s Head of Energy and Sustainability Services. “As they advance, so too will the possibilities for APAC’s real estate.”

The region’s green developments come in all shapes and sizes, from intimate residential complexes to pioneering supertalls. Here are some of the region’s most impressive structures which demonstrate what is possible.

7 & 9 Tampines Grande, Singapore
LEED GoldBCA Green Mark Pearl Prestige

Completed in 2009, this development was the first commercial project in Singapore to use building-integrated photovoltaic panels as part of its facade. Other green features include photocell sensors for perimeter lights, hybrid parking lots, water-efficient showers and waterless urinals. The development also boasts extensive green areas and a rooftop garden. Tenants are provided with a digital monitoring portal to manage their energy consumption and offered rebate incentives for low use.

JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul, South Korea

JW Marriott wanted to create a luxurious yet all-encompassing eco-friendly hotel experience that pays tribute to the neighborhood. To achieve its LEED Gold status, it used green construction materials as well as installed a renewable energy system and resource-saving elements, such as LED lighting and dimming functions in all rooms. The building is also fitted with a water conservation system and hospital-grade air purification system. Even the water from its infinity pool is filtered and recycled.

Walumba Elders Centre, Warmun, Western Australia
Winner of Multi-Density Residential and Best of the Best categories at 2015 Sustainability Awards, and 2016 Architecture of Necessity triennial

Designed by Australian architects iredale pedersen hook and completed in 2014, this home for elderly Aboriginal people is not only highly sustainable but also considers the unique cultural requirements of its occupants. Key green features include low-energy, long-life LED lamps, a solar water heating system with a continuous flow pump, breeze paths, future flood proofing and high levels of insulation such as verandah soffits. The grounds also support gender-specific traditional activities.

Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China
LEED Platinum (Core & Shell), China Three Star

This mixed-use development is one of the most advanced sustainable supertalls in the world. Its curved design allowed for resource-effective construction, while its unique energy-saving glass skin both reduces the need for heating and cooling and admits maximum daylight, minimizing the need for electric lighting. The development also follows state-of-the-art water conservation practices, and its exterior lighting is powered by 270 inbuilt wind turbines. A third of the site is green space, with landscaping that cools the ground.

Pertamina Energy Tower, Jakarta, Indonesia
Anticipated LEED Platinum

Due for completion in 2020, this 99-storey megaproject is set to be the first net-zero energy skyscraper in the world. The tower’s curved facade is devised to mitigate solar heat accumulated throughout the year while exterior sunshades will help to keep office space cool. In addition, the open-top design will suck wind through a series of turbines, which will be responsible for a quarter of the building’s power. A covered walkway – the Energy Ribbon – will link the campus to create public spaces and generate further energy through a photovoltaic roof.

Centennial Campus Hong Kong University 
LEED Platinum

The new campus for Hong Kong University earned a LEED Platinum in 2013 - the first for a high education institution in Hong Kong. The building was designed to be 30 percent more energy-efficient compared to conventional buildings of similar size and manages to conserve the equivalent of the annual water consumption of 4,5000 households through features such as low-flow taps and water-saving irrigation pipes. Several devices such as a food waste digester to process all food waste from the canteens to be used as plant food add to its overall sustainability.

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