Sustainability is Business

Published on 25 September 2018

DP Sustainable Design (DPSD)’s Er Yong Siew Onn was invited to be a panellist at Schneider Electric-Innovation Summit “Sustainability is Business”. Held on 21st September at Marina Bay Sands, he joined fellow panellists Mr Mathis Wackernagel (Global Footprint Network), Mr Martin Ma, CISCO and Mr Kelvin Teng (MBS) in a discussion on the commercial viability of green design.
Sharing his insights on the impact of sustainability in DP Architects’ and DPSD’s business decisions, Er Yong put forth that it is both the architects’ and designers’ responsibility to create green buildings that are not only environmentally sustainable. Buildings must also be cost effective through the incorporation of efficient and sustainable energy systems. To further explain this, DPSD’s work on Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) formed the main case study in his presentation. SUTD used a combination of both passive and active sustainable design measures and energy-efficient technologies to achieve a Platinum BCA Green Mark Award, the highest ranking for sustainable design in Singapore.

“Most of us are not radical environmentalists, but all of us want a sustainable future. We have the opportunity to create man-made structures that enhance the existing environment. Designers therefore have a responsibility to find ways to balance aesthetics and functionality with choices to reduce the environmental impact.”

Er Yong Siew Onn

Er Yong also shared with the audience DPSD’s adoption of  computational designthat provides designers robust analysis in early design stages to help them make better informed decisions for more successful and sustainable design outcomes. DPSD is also leveraging on the evolution of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Facility Management (FM) technologies to integrate them with the Internet of Things analytics for more intelligent solutions for the maintenance of newly built and renovated buildings.
Thereafter, he concluded that ”the green journey is a commercially viable one that will benefit our bottom line and, most importantly, our living environment.”