Singapore’s Green Giant

City Square Mall is being touted as Singapore’s first eco-mall, and it’s a great look at a shopping center designed from the ground-up to be eco-friendly.

ZDNet Asia recently interviewed the developer to discuss the mall’s Green Mark Platinum status.

Q: During the designing phase, what were the key focus areas you looked at that eventually led to the Green Mark Platinum award?
Ang: We designed the mall with environmental sustainability in mind, and to be the prototype of an eco-friendly and community-friendly shopping mall with a comprehensive range of innovative energy and water efficient features. Some of the things we looked at include harnessing the use of natural light for the atriums of both the podium and tower block, and adopting a high-efficiency air-conditioning plant system.

The mall’s design features many of Singapore’s “firsts”. It is the first shopping mall project to be integrated with an urban park, and the first commercial project to boast a pneumatic waste collection system for an odor-free and pest-free environment–built with separate chutes to encourage recycling of food and dry waste.

The shopping center also has a roof-top park, waterless urinals, solar panels energy, and screens for constant monitoring of energy use and indoor environmental performance. Check out the interview for more details.

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