Singapore Sports Hub signs green partnership with Dow

The Singapore Sports Hub has entered into a carbon-focused partnership with chemical corporation Dow.

Dow said the deal will mark the first “carbon mitigation project” in Singapore as part of its carbon partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as the first property owner collaboration within the programme.

Dow has teamed up with the Singapore Sports Hub and urban planning firm Arup to quantify greenhouse gas reductions based on the facility’s “beyond-business-as-usual” energy efficiency performance during its operational lifetime.

Singapore Sports Hub is a multi-purpose sports and entertainment complex which includes the 55,000-seat National Stadium, as well as the 6,000-seat OCBC Aquatic Centre, 3,000-capacity OCBC Arena and other venues.

According to Dow, the Sports Hub’s greenhouse gas reductions successfully surpassed local building codes and stringent sustainable requirements for public buildings in Singapore. This was made possible by working with organisations such as DP Architects, Arup and AECOM.

Paul Fong, country director for Dow Singapore & Malaysia, said: “It’s no secret that buildings and construction remain the largest energy-consuming and resource-intensive sector in the world. The question we’ve been asking ourselves at Dow is, what can we do about it?

“How can we help this industry choose stronger low-carbon solutions that drive advanced performance without compromising on cost, wellbeing, tenant comfort or design freedom? Through this project at the Singapore Sports Hub, I think we were able to answer that question – and it all starts with collaboration.”

Lionel Yeo, chief executive of the Singapore Sports Hub, added: “The Singapore Sports Hub project aims to promote a more sustainable, healthy, and active society.

“This carbon partnership agreement with Dow validates that we have been able to set a new standard for the adaptability and sustainability of large complex projects like ours. Take for example the National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub.

“The free-spanning dome of this 55,000-seat venue uses just one-third the steel weight per square metre of other large span structures of this scale, while the bowl cooling system reduces energy consumption by 15 per cent as compared to conventional air-conditioned stadiums.”

Dow sealants have been used to seal the façade and roof panels of the National Stadium, as well as retail and indoor office areas. Dow said that its silicone solutions contributed in part to the property achieving a net greenhouse gas emissions reduction of around 126 metric tonnes of CO2e3 from January 2016 to December 2020. It is estimated that around 1,450 metric tonnes of CO2e will be saved over the lifetime of the complex.

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