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JEM-ing Up a Green Mall in the West
Harmeet Pal Singh shares his design experiences
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Human’s Ecological Footprint
Understanding what this means
Pg. 4
Some Green Facts
About Singapore
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Let’s Build Green!
Take a peek at other green buildings that have won accolades
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Mar 2013 Issue
Harmeet Pal Singh shares his experience
of working with the designers of JEM, a
green mall due to open in Q2 of 2013.
While we continue to populate Singapore’s
landscape with buildings to fulfill our residential,
leisure and functional needs, Singapore actively
looks to sustainability to negate the
developments’ impact on the environment,
making green buildings all the rage now.
Even as we speak, yet another green building is
work-in-progress. This one comes in the form of
a futuristic green mall, well on its way to serve
the shopping needs of those living in the
surburban west of Singapore. Introducing to you
Jurong East Mall (JEM), one of our clients SAA’s
most esteemed concepts, where our CAD
Engineer, Harmeet, had been assigned to assist
for a span of 6 months during his Traineeship.
What was your role in this project? Did you play a part in the
design aspect of it?
I was mainly involved in detail drawings, GA amendments,
setting out and sectioning, and worked directly with anyone who
needed support.
While I did not do the actual design work, a large part of my
time was spent assisting one of the design teams in charge of
designing the highlight of JEM, the Cascading Skypark. The team
dealt mainly with the hardscape aspects; benches, metal gates,
drainage, maintenance areas etc.
Did you learn about design then?
Through my work with the team, I learned a lot about green
design and the preferred design standards for usual building
features like catwalks, ramps and toilets. I would join their
design meetings to learn more about their considerations when
designing specific areas and picked up useful tips on what is
important in designing a building.
I also learned about the various regulatory bodies in Singapore
and the types of regulations imposed on building designs, such
as disability codes and the service maintenance regulations.
These are important because our government is most concerned
about whether a project adheres to the regulations.
JEM won the Green Mark Platinum award, for
being one of the most sustainable mixed-used
assets in Singapore. Can you share with us
what’s so outstandingly green about this mall?
JEM harnesses highly efficient air-conditioning
systems, regenerative lifts, and a wide usage of
LED lighting. The office tower also consists of a
side atrium to deliver natural light into the office
space, reducing the need for artificial lighting
during the day. Extensive sky-rise greenery is
also used to reduce the façade’s heat
absorption, playing a significant role in keeping
the building’s temperatures low and thereby
decreasing power consumption by the airconditioning.
All these design features will help JEM achieve a
reduction in its energy consumption equivalent
to that of 2,400 HDB apartments annually.
Water consumption will also be cut down by
approximately 250,000 cubic metres (100
Olympic-size swimming pools) a year.
Were there many challenges encountered?
Like all companies, meeting deadlines and satisfying the
project needs were major issues. So at times, information was
not properly passed down to the entire team. This resulted in
outstanding drawings with comments that were not addressed,
which caused them to be overdue.
There were also drawings dating back to the tender period that
needed revision, but it was difficult to find the right version to
revise because of poor filing, documentation and handover.
I managed to spot these problems by proactively enquiring
with my supervisor and co-workers. While my curiosity led me
to working late nights, I am glad I took the initiative to ask, and
keep asking, so that problems were discovered earlier could be
resolved fully.
Any Takeaways?
I definitely took away with me the experience of working
closely with a design team. Such knowledge will enable me to
better contribute as I can draft more carefully with clearer
design considerations.
Most importantly, I took away the ability to be relaxed in a fastpaced environment. Watching my supervisors maintain a cool
head even when pressured by their clients inspires me. They
have always managed to work with a humour despite the rapid
momentum at work. It is all about dedication and commitment
to perfecting the designs!
With the experience I
gained at our client SAA, I
am now more aware of
the reasons behind
building design features.
Green Building is an environmentally
sustainable building, designed,
constructed and operated to minimise
the total environmental impacts
throughout its life-cycle.
Harmeet has since completed his
assignment with SAA and is currently
working on an in-house pilot project which
involves the use of 3D laser scanner to
reproduce a 3D model of buildings, one of
advancements in the construction
This world works in a 3D dimension plan
of existence with 3 major coordinates –
x-axis, y-axis and z-axis.
Now imagine the 3D model as cloud of
points where each point has ‘x’, ‘y’ and ‘z’
value with a tolerance of 5mm gap. The
final product rendered is known as a
Point Cloud.
In the pilot project, the in-house AcePLP
team is currently looking for ways in
converting these points, or coordinates,
into an actual BIM model.
Got an experience to share? Write in to [email protected] to let us know!
Understanding the Ecological Footprint
The largest component of the Ecological
Footprint is the carbon footprint (55%).
Grazing Land
Built-up Land
Fishing Grounds
In 2012, Singapore
contributed to the
largest ecological
footprint per head
in the Southeast
Asia region,
according to
conservation group
the World Wide
Fund for Nature
The size of a
person’s Ecological
Footprint depends
on development
level and wealth,
and the choices
individuals make
on what they eat,
what products they
purchase and how
they travel.
Population x
Consumption per
person x Footprint
Some Green FACTS
By 2030, our national
target is to “green” at least
80% of all buildings,
adding on to the other Singapore
2030 goals to strengthen
transport network and expand
land mass.
About 80% of
A third of the
resources is
consumed by
and operation
of buildings.
Singapore's electricity
is currently generated from natural gas
as fuel.
In a typical Singapore building,
60% of the electricity is used
to power air-conditioning
and another 15–20% for lighting
The top energy guzzlers
in Singapore are the Supermarkets, Retail
Malls and Data Centres.
A third of
the world’s
is consumed by the
construction and
operation of buildings.
Let’s work towards
conserving efforts.
Let’s Build GREEN
You may not have realised it, but Green Buildings have been around
Singapore for quite a while…Take a peek at some of the green features
they sport!
Republic Poly
Green Wall & Roof
@ multi-storey carpark
• Creepers grow on vine trays acting as “bio-lungs”, absorbing CO2
& releasing O2
• Helps cool the air in and around the carpark, reducing the effect
of a “heat island”
Sunshade Louvres
• Perforated aluminium sunshades & Ceramic frit
• Reduces solar radiation & heat load
Thermal Energy Storage (TES)
• Allows for “storing of cooling energy “into the specially designed storage tank during the
night, which incurs lower utility costs
• The stored “cooling “ energy is then used to cool the building
during the daytime.
•TES technology thus minimises the need to run the air-conditioning
plant during the daytime, reducing the demand for the more
expensive daytime electricity.
Changi Airport T3
Reflector panels
for Skylights in
the Roof
• Automatically
themselves to
let in optimal
amount of soft
& uniform
ITE College East
• Lights up by
reflecting beams
of light built
along the
roadside for
• Road lights
serve dual
Low-emissivity performance glazing and
laminate double-glazed curtain-wall
• Maximise day lighting
• Reduce energy consumption
Water Landscaping
• Lower surrounding temperatures
• Reduce energy consumption
[email protected]
Solar Panels
• Harness the sun’s energy to
power up car-park lightings
and barrier system
• Generate electricity for the
centre’s use
Waste Heat Recovery System
• Capture heat rejected from the chiller
• Reuse to heat up hot water to supply the entire
mall’s requirement
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