How Singapore’s Tallest Tower Is Going Green

Tanjong Pagar Centre, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore

Belnor Engineering
Jun 6, 2017 · 3 min read
Photovoltaic glass pergola installed at Tanjong Pagar Centre’s entrance. Image Courtesy of SOM.

Located in the midst of Singapore’s financial center, the 64-story tower, Tanjong Pagar Centre, is the tallest building in the country. Designed by SOM, a New York-based architectural firm, it’s construction was brought to reality by the Korean multinational company, Samsung.

Tanjong Pagar Centre, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore

The structure is the latest to go green by integrating a massive of over 2,600 square meters located at the entrance of the building. The pergola has an installed power capacity of 125 kWp and features 850 amorphous silicon photovoltaic glass modules measuring 2,456 x 1,245 mm with a semi-transparency degree of 10% (M vision). This hallmark pergola enables the Tanjong Pagar Centre to self-power over 7,000 lights per day thanks to the power of the sun, amounting to 125,810 kWh per year.

Shopping district at the Tanjong Pagar Centre. Image courtesy of Tanjong Pagar Centre.

The incorporation of this innovative technology enables the building to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 84 tons annually and avoid the consumption of 76 barrels of oil per year.

This energy-efficient measure contributes to the building achieving the Greenmark and Platinum LEED certifications. Furthermore, the building has already been granted a 2015 WAN Award in the “Future Projects” category.

SOM, the architectural firm entrusted with the design of the building, is committed to excellence, which translates to high-value innovative designs. The firm embraces opportunities to positively influence the fundamental problems currently facing humanity due to climate change by promoting renewable energy and increasing the levels of energetic efficiency. “We believe that sustainability inspires great architectural works,” says the firm. “New, spectacular designs are emerging which have minimal impact on the environment.”

Singapore’s Tanjong Pagar Centre, Aerial View. Image courtesy of Designboom.

In its 2015 sustainability report, Samsung, the general contractor of the project, stated, “At Samsung, we undertake the responsibility of carrying out our activity with the aim of enriching our planet. Our sustainability policy is based on the continued improvement of the environment throughout our activities, naturally including the efficient use of energy at our facilities.”

Thanks to the installation of building integrated photovoltaic solutions, has led to the facility reducing 28% of its HVAC demand, with an 86% internal rate of return and a payback period of less than a year.

The flexibility in customization inherent in this ground-breaking technology has enabled this world-class facility to achieve the highest sustainability standards internationally. Yours could be next.


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