Malaysia's First GreenRE Platinum Certified International School
MALAYSIA’S FIRST GREENRE PLATINUM CERTIFIED INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
SUNWAY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (SIS)
By Sunway Education Group
Sunway International School (SIS) is proud to be the first international school to go for GreenRE certification Platinum-rating. The project is part of Sunway Group's commitment to sustainability, with Sunway Education Group as the owner and Sunway Construction as the builder. The Sunway Group has a Green Building Policy with a proven track record of 37 green buildings and two townships throughout the country which adheres to the ISO 14001 Standards. The SIS is only one of five projects within Sunway Group that is designed to achieve GreenRE Platinum-rating; the other buildings are Sunway Belfield and Sunway Flora (Residential), Sunway Velocity TWO (Corporate Office), and SJK (C) Cheah Fah (School). As part of their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting, the group aims to generate 5% of electricity from renewable sources and reduce overall water consumption by 10% by Year 2030.
GREEN FEATURES AT SIS
To achieve these goals, the SIS project incorporates both active and passive designs that take advantage of the tropical climate to reduce the building's carbon footprint. The noteworthy active design on-site is the 1062 solar panels that offsets an estimated 9% of the site's energy consumption, equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 500 acres of forests in a year. A rainwater harvesting system is also implemented to repurpose water for landscape irrigation, and major water-consumption areas have been fitted with water-saving features.
INSULATED AT ITS CORE
The building incorporates glazing with solar control, plentiful shaded areas, and light tone colors to reduce the heat-island effect. These passive designs result in an astonishing Overall Thermal Transmittance Value (OTTV) value of 34 W/m2; 15% lower than the baseline of a GreenRE-Platinum building, and twice the reduction when compared to a GreenRE-Certified building. The spacious corridors are naturally ventilated and installed with High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) fans for improved circulation and cool ambient conditions. The shaded outdoor corridors serve as a meeting ground for the students during their recess and off-hours.
DESIGNED FOR SAVINGS
SIS campus is designed and constructed with energy savings in mind, modeled to achieve a third (~30%) of savings from baseline. This is due to the use of 100% LED light fittings that provide effective indoor environmental quality, an efficient Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system that saves 40% from baseline, and natural ventilation for 90% of the car park, staircases, and corridors.
SIS campus features amenities like a 8-lane swimming pool and multiple pockets of landscaped areas. These features reduce the heat-island effect and promote an environment for psychoescapism. The indoor multipurpose hall and playground provide designated locations where students can engage in sports, activities and exercises for their well-being.