June 2017 Vol 1 Issue 3


Green Development Near Yangtze River - Chongqing Eling Residences

Chongqing Eling Residences is the recipient of the top-tier Green Mark Platinum Award, a first for a residential project in China. Located at the peak of Eling Hill in Yuzhong district, Chongqing, China and designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the 126-unit ultraluxury residence enjoys an exclusive location endowed with the breathtaking views of the Yangtze River.

 Chongqing  Eling Residences Near Yangtze River

The Chongqing Eling Residences leverages on the smart home energy management system, a state-of-the-art technology that helps residents to track and manage their power usage of various home devices on a single platform, enabling them to save energy in real time. Another key green innovation at Chongqing Eling Residences is the centralised energy recovery ventilation system which encompasses multiple functions such as: maintaining a constant indoor temperature, humidity and oxygen level; allowing fresh air intake at pre-programmed time intervals; and reducing the building’s energy consumption via its heat exchange feature. 

The development features a wide array of energy- and water-efficient features which allow the development to be 36% more energy efficient and 24% more water efficient than other code-compliant buildings in Chongqing city. This translates into an estimated reduction of over 1,100 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission each year.  

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In this Issue:

Green Development Near Yangtze River - Chongqing Eling Residences

Renaturalizing Manta Ray - Yeouido Han River Park & Yeoui-Naru Floating Ferry Terminal, Seoul

Maria Boey - President of the Institute of Parks and Recreation, Singapore

Singapore Sustainability Academy - a visionary initiative in support of global and national climate actions

Personality of the Month

Maria Boey, Landscape Architect, IPRS

In Photo: Ms. Maria Boey, President, Institute of Parks and Recreation(IPRS), Singapore.

Ms. Maria Boey is an Architect, Landscape Architect, Town Planner and Urban Designer. She has planned Tampines Town and Paris Ris Town. Tampines won the World Habitat Award in 1992 for Housing and Development Board, Singapore. She and her Architects designed most of the housing development in Neighbourhoods 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9 forming a network of Green Connectors within the town.  

She is formally Hon. Sec. for the Singapore Institute of Planners and held other Executive posts for a decade. She is President of the Institute of Parks and Recreation, Singapore and Second Vice-President of Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects presently. 

She is a Rotarian and Soroptimist who donates generously to Lions Homes for the Elders, Lions Befrienders, Singapore Planned Parenthood Association and Henderson Senior Citizens Home and other charities. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster who helps people in communication. 

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Featured Project

RENATURALIZING MANTA RAY The main objective of the “Manta Ray” project is to enhance the site’s natural irrigation by transforming the park into an ecological forest of willow trees. The creation of a marshlike filtering strip of plants strenghthens the natural protection of the banks against river floods. This permeable landscaping enhances the Han River’s original scenery, thus restoring the park as one of the most praised tourist attractions in Seoul, as well as the new symbol of the symbiosis between urban dwellers and the natural environment. 

Yeouido Han River Park & Yeoui-Nari Floating Ferry Terminal, Seoul

In Photo: Yeouido Han River Park & Yeoui-Nari Floating Ferry Terminal, Seoul

The ambition of the project is to turn Yeouido Park into a genuine cultural hub, where nature progressively asserts its rights over the concrete city again to better protect it. The urban plan articulates around four biomimeticlooking bprojects whose architecture is densely vegetalized. These four cores are linked to the public transit system by fruit and vegetable gardens, and by a cable-stayed pedestrian bridge. 

The “Manta Ray” project promotes the permeability and renaturalization of river banks in cities with rivers running through them. The banks become new playgrounds for social innovation, and for urban “consumers-actors” seeking to promote urban farming, agroforestry and permaculture. The goal is to make them less vulnerable to climate change, and to the subsequent dramatic flood and urban heat island events witnessed over the past decades.

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Highlights of June


In conjunction with World Environment Day, the Singapore Sustainability Academy (SSA) was officially opened by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Coordinating Minister for National Security, together with Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources. Jointly created by City Developments Limited (CDL) and the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), the Academy is the first major People, Public and Private (3P) ground-up initiative in support of global and national goals to tackle climate change.  

"CDL firmly believes that sustainability creates immense value for businesses, stakeholders, the community and the environment. Sustainability is strategically integrated into CDL’s business and operations from developing green buildings and managing them in an energy-efficient and resourceefficient manner, to engaging and influencing stakeholders on sustainable development."  

~ Mr Sherman Kwek, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of CDL

cdl sustainability academy

In Photo: Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Coordinating Minister for National Security officially opened the SSA and was accompanied by Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Sherman Kwek, CDL Deputy CEO (first from right), Mr Edwin Khew, SEAS Chairman (second from left), Mr Chia Ngiang Hong, CDL Group General Manager (first from left) and Ms Esther An, CDL Chief Sustainability Officer (first from right).  

This is also the first time a local private-sector property developer and non-profit organisation have teamed up to create a major training and networking facility on sustainability. The SSA aims to promote a low carbon economy, resource efficiency, and sustainable practices among businesses and the community, in particular, youths. It will focus on advocacy, building capacity and collaboration, education and training, information and resource sharing as well as user engagement. Read Full Article Here

Upcoming Events 2017

Bex Asia 2017

Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia 2017 

Southeast Asia’s leading trade exhibition for the Green building market to source, network, learn and grow at a single platform. A must-attend annual event in Singapore that brings together the regional building community and the best and latest green building solutions from around the globe for a transformative experience that will propel you and your business to the forefront of the market.

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