Dow teams up with Singapore Sports Hub on sustainable building design of new facilities
Singapore Sports Hub is first and largest Public-Private-Partnership sports facility infrastructure project in the world and first property owner collaboration under Dow’s carbon partnership with the IOC
MIDLAND, Mich. – Dow announced today a carbon partnership agreement with Singapore Sports Hub, a state-of-the-art, fully integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle hub. It is the first and largest Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) sports facility infrastructure project in the world and is owned and operated by SportsHub Pte Ltd. This collaboration also marks the first carbon mitigation project in Singapore under Dow’s carbon partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as the first property owner collaboration within the program.
Dow’s 10-year participation in The Olympic Partner program as well as its tenure as the Official Carbon Partner of the IOC concludes at the end of 2021.
Singapore Sports Hub provides a blueprint for what is possible in terms of adaptable, integrated building design, from its intentional multi-use concept to a commitment to using sustainable materials. Together, Dow and Singapore Sports Hub worked with Arup to quantify greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions based on the facility’s beyond-business-as-usual energy efficiency performance during its operational lifetime. Reductions successfully surpassed local building codes and stringent sustainable requirements for public buildings in Singapore. This was made possible in part by the combined experience and unique expertise of organizations including DP architects, urban planning firm Arup, and AECOM, making the most of materials/components through cutting-edge design, effective implementation and efficient operation.
“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?” said Paul Fong, Country Director, Dow Singapore & Malaysia. “Through this project at the Singapore Sports Hub, I think we were able to answer that question—and it all starts with collaboration.”
According to the 2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction, to counteract the significant impact of the industry on energy-related GHG emissions, the average building energy intensity per unit of floor area for new construction projects needs to be at least 30% lower than current levels by 2050. This means adopting effective low-energy designs, and advanced operating systems and building technologies, such as highly-efficient Dow silicone structural glazing (SSG) technology. DOWSIL™ 791 Weatherproofing Sealant and DOWSIL™ 795 1-Part Structural Sealant were used to seal the façade and roof panels of the Singapore Sports Hub stadium, retail and indoor office areas. It is verified that Dow’s silicone solutions contributed in part to the property achieving a net GHG emission reduction of approximately 126 metric tonnes of CO2e over the period of January 2016 to December 2020, contributing to further offsetting the operational carbon footprint of the IOC. It is estimated that approximately 1450 metric tonnes of CO2e will be saved over the lifetime of the building (calculated as 60 years).
“The Singapore Sports Hub project aims to promote a more sustainable, healthy, and active society,” said Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Sports Hub. “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 meter of other large span structures of this scale, while the bowl cooling system reduces energy consumption by 15 percent as compared to conventional air-conditioned stadiums.”
The Sports Hub collaboration is one of several projects under Dow’s carbon partnership with the IOC, using sport as a catalyst and going beyond business as usual to advance the adoption of technologies and practices that can build a low-carbon economy. Through third-party verified GHG reductions resulting from collaborative projects in building and construction, manufacturing and industrial processes, and packaging, Dow helped enable—and exceed—carbon neutrality of the IOC’s daily global operations from 2017-2020.
Beyond the venue, Dow also recently joined national sports agency Sport Singapore (SportSG) and other partners to establish a first-of-its-kind permanent shoe-waste collection ecosystem in Asia Pacific in which the rubberized soles and midsoles of used shoes will be recycled into materials for sports surfaces and playgrounds. This partnership builds upon a successful 2020 pilot program between Dow and SportSG that resulted in the collection of more than 75,000 shoes—the equivalent of approximately 3.3 kilometers of jogging track.
For more information on Dow’s sustainability programs and the Dow’s carbon partnership with the IOC, visit www.dow.com/en-us/sports/sustainability. For more information about Singapore Sports Hub, visit https://www.sportshub.com.sg/.
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About Singapore Sports Hub
The Singapore Sports Hub is a fully integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle hub, with programming that comprises world-class recreational and competitive events, as well as community events, to serve children, youth, working adults, seniors, families, and less privileged population segments in Singapore and tourism sectors. Consisting of a unique cluster development of world-class sports facilities within the city, it plays a critical role in accelerating the development of Singapore’s sports industry, excellence and participation. Its vision is to be the region’s premier sports, entertainment and lifestyle destination.
Located on a 35-hectare site in Kallang, the Singapore Sports Hub includes the following facilities:
▪ A new 55,000-capacity National Stadium with a retractable roof and movable tiered seating
▪ The iconic Singapore Indoor Stadium
▪ A 6,000-capacity OCBC Aquatic Centre that meets FINA standards
▪ A 3,000-capacity OCBC Arena which is scalable and flexible in layout
▪ Water Sports Centre featuring kayaking and canoeing
▪ 41,000 sqm Kallang Wave Mall, including indoor climbing wall and Splash-N-Surf facility (Kids Waterpark, Stingray and Lazy River)
▪ 100PLUS Promenade that encircles the National Stadium
▪ Singapore Youth Olympic Museum & Singapore Sports Museum
▪ Sports Hub Library
▪ Shimano Cycling World
▪ Daily community facilities and activities, including beach volleyball, hard courts (futsal, basketball and netball) lawn bowls, giant chess, skate park and running & cycling paths.
The Singapore Sports Hub, which is managed by SportsHub Pte Ltd, is one of the largest sporting Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects in the world. It is also Singapore’s largest flagship PPP project of this nature and has won the Project Finance International (PFI) award in London in 2011, World Architecture Festival Awards for Best Future Project in the leisure-led development category in 2013 and Sports Building of the Year in 2014. www.sportshub.com.sg
The emission reductions calculations were conducted for operational and embodied carbons, against the stringent energy saving target set by the Green Mark Gold Plus rating (at least 25% energy savings over its reference model) as the baseline.