[Video] Take a look at DBS Newton Green, a refurbished net zero office building
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[Video] Take a look at DBS Newton Green, a refurbished net zero office building

Housing more than 400 employees of the bank’s Consumer Banking Group, the building “is an important step in the bank’s journey towards net zero operational carbon by the end of 2022”.

DBS has officially opened its refurbished DBS Newton Green, cited as Singapore’s first net zero building by a bank.

Announcing the opening on Monday (July 18, 2022), the bank noted in a statement that the new building contributes to the national push to green 80% of Singapore’s buildings (by gross floor area) by 2030 under the Singapore Green Building Master Planand “is an important step in the bank’s journey towards net zero operational carbon by the end of 2022.”

The 30-year-old building, located at 135 Bukit Timah Road in Singapore, has been retrofitted to extend its lifespan, avoiding wasting embodied carbon in the existing structure or generating additional embodied carbon with a new structure. According to the World Green Building Councilembodied carbon accounts for 11% of global carbon emissions, and is estimated to constitute up to 40% of Singapore’s carbon emissions due to the shorter lifespan of buildings due to urban renewal, a-t -on added.

Among the building’s key features, over 50% of the perimeter facade is covered in living plants, serving a dual purpose of lowering the building’s internal temperature by reducing urban heat gain and providing refuge for native species of butterflies. and birds. Shared by the bank, the plants have been selected in conjunction with the Nature Society of Singapore, to provide suitable refuge for native species of butterflies and birds such as the magpie, bulbul and flower spike.

DBS Newton Green is home to over 400 employees across various functions within the bank’s Consumer Banking group.

Take one video tour by DBS Newton Green.

Speaking at the building launch, Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development and Minister Responsible for Social Services Developmentsaid: “We need to retrofit many more of our old buildings to improve their sustainability standards. This is more difficult than designing a new green building from scratch. The original development may not have been designed with sustainability in mind, making renovation more complex and potentially costly.

“I commend DBS and its partners for transforming this building into Singapore’s first net zero building by a bank. Such teamwork across the private, public and human sectors is essential, as we strive to develop a city ​​in nature more sustainable.”

Piyush Gupta, CEO, DBSadded: “While the sustainability challenges ahead of us are manifold, DBS has prioritized climate action due to the sheer urgency of the issue and how it intersects with other environmental concerns and We’ve empowered our clients to reduce their carbon footprint, by up to S$39.4 billion in committed sustainable finance deals cumulatively, but it’s equally important to lead by example and integrate sustainability in our business practices and operations.

“Anchored by this belief, the choice to upgrade DBS Newton Green to a net zero building rather than redevelop something from scratch was simple and obvious.”

DBS Newton Green has been certified by BCA as a Green Mark Platinum Zero Energy development, confirming the building’s net zero credentials. It was also awarded the Singapore Good Design Mark 2022 for Sustainable Design by the Design Business Chamber of Singapore in recognition of the building’s exceptional design quality.

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