CapitaLand accorded the largest number of Universal Design Mark awards at BCA Awards 2013
CapitaLand bags eight Universal Design Mark awards; conferred Quality Champion (Gold) for the inaugural BCA Quality Excellence Award
Singapore, 16 May 2013– CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand) has been accorded the largest number of Universal Design Mark awards at the annual Building and Construction Authority Singapore Awards 2013 (BCA Awards). Eight CapitaLand properties including homes, office buildings and shopping malls were conferred the Universal Design Mark, a voluntary initiative launched in October 2012 to encourage the adoption of a user-centric philosophy in building design, operations and maintenance. In support of the new initiative, CapitaLand has set a minimum requirement of Universal Design Mark Gold for its new projects in Singapore.
CapitaLand has also been conferred the Quality Champion (Gold) for the inaugural BCA Quality Excellence Award, testament to CapitaLand’s track record in delivering high quality homes. CapitaLand has close to 10,000 units in 30 residential projects that have been certified or committed under the Quality Mark scheme since it was introduced in 2002.
Since last year’s BCA Awards, CapitaLand has added 11 awards to its Green Mark stable, including Green Mark Platinum for Westgate and Capital Tower, bringing the total to 75 Green Mark awards (including 12 provisional awards) for its development projects in Singapore, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Westgate is an integrated development comprising a seven-storey shopping mall (also named Westgate), and a 20-storey office tower, called Westgate Tower. It has been conferred both the BCA Green Mark Platinum, the highest green building accolade, and Universal Design Mark GoldPlus for its building design. Bedok Mall and Bedok Residences, and CapitaGreen which received the Green Mark Platinum in 2012, as well as JCube, which received its Green Mark Platinum in 2011, have also been conferred the Universal Design Mark GoldPlus. Capital Tower, one of the first office buildings in Singapore to be certified Green Mark Gold upon the launch of the BCA Green Mark in 2005, has been re-certified and awarded the highest Green Mark Platinum rating this year.
Mr Lim Ming Yan, President & Group CEO, CapitaLand Limited, said: “CapitaLand is committed to operational efficiency as well as sustainable development and management. Our stakeholders interact with our homes, office buildings, shopping malls, serviced residences and mixed developments daily. Therefore, it is important for us to have a user-centric approach when we design, build and operate our properties. Building quality developments that are accessible and environmentally sustainable should be a common goal for the real estate industry.”
Mr Tan Seng Chai, Group Chief Corporate Officer, CapitaLand Limited, said: “As a socially responsible real estate developer, CapitaLand’s commitment to sustainability has driven us to set high standards in terms of universal design, environmental sustainability, quality and construction excellence. We have set the minimum requirement of Universal Design Mark Gold for our new projects in Singapore. New buildings and existing buildings undergoing major renovation in Singapore also have to achieve a minimum Green Mark GoldPlus rating.”
CapitaLand implements its Green Building Guidelines to ensure that environmental, universal design, safety and health considerations are factored in at all stages of its projects, from feasibility, design, procurement, construction to operation. The guidelines are regularly reviewed to ensure continuous improvement.
Recently, CapitaLand was ranked eighth in the Environmental Tracking Asia-Pacific 300 Carbon Ranking by the Environmental Investment Organisation (EIO) an independent not-for-profit research body promoting carbon transparency and investment solutions designed to address climate change. In recognition of this, CapitaLand was conferred the 2013 Environmental Tracking Carbon Ranking Leader Award, the only Singapore real estate developer to have achieved top 10 in the carbon ranking in Asia Pacific.
Mr Sam Gill, CEO of Environmental Investment Organisation, said: “Whilst effective greenhouse gas emissions reporting is certainly not an easy task for any company, it is excellent that certain companies have demonstrated that it can be done and to an ever increasingly higher standard. Since 62% of companies in the ET Global 800 reported incomplete data or no data at all, any company ranking within the top 10 in their respective region should be viewed as a pioneering leader, constantly raising the bar for others around them.”
Please refer to the Annex for a listing of CapitaLand’s 2013 BCA Award winners and more details on the respective award-winning projects.